Auto Focus | Car Review: 2019 Mitsubishi Strada 2.4L GT 4WD AT
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For this Car Review, taking over the spotlight is the 2019 Mitsubishi Strada, a pickup car that takes pride on its refreshed styling and many more.
Under the hood of the latest generation Strada is a 2.4-liter DOHC diesel engine that is capable of producing 181 PS of power and 430 Nm of torque. Our variant here is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission in place of the old 5-speed. Other variants of the Strada come available in the existing 6-speed manual transmission. The Strada also now features a smarter Super-Select 4WD or Easy-Select 4WD system which allows the driver to switch the driving mode depending on the roads the car will take on.
For the suspension, Mitsubishi did a special tuning to the rear suspension of the Strada. It is comprised of an Independent Double Wishbone with Coil Spring and Stabilizers at the front for the 2WD A/T as well as our variant here, while the rest of the variants use Double Wishbone with Coil Spring and Stabilizer Bar.
Meanwhile, for the rear suspension, which has been tweaked, all of the variants feature a Rigid Elliptic Leaf Springs with Telescopic Shock Absorbers. This layout not only ensures better handling and ride comfort, but it is also capable of holding more oil because of the dampers.
That’s enough of the oily bits. Let’s proceed to the exterior design of the Strada.
With just a glance, it’s noticeable that the newest Strada sports a bolder design compared to its predecessor. It follows Mitsubishi’s design concept of “Rock Solid” which embodies the full essence of its “Engineered Beyond Tough” development keyphrase. The front fascia is defined by a high engine hood line and beefier-looking lamps. Speaking of the lamps, Mitsubishi tweaked the exterior lights a little as well. The headlamps are side-by-side with the Daytime Running Lights. Also present in the front bumper are the fog lights and turn signals.
Meanwhile, the side and rear views have a newly sculpted body curves with contrasting sharp lines, extended wheel flares and bright accents. On top of that, as a pickup, the trunk bed is deep and wide enough for the cargo to be secured while the car is running. Moreover, the Strada powers through the road with 18-inch alloy wheels. Overall, the exterior look of the newest Strada is one that had the public’s interest. Mitsubishi did a good job in making the design of the Strada as one of its best-selling points.
Let’s hop inside the Strada and check what the interior offers.
It’s easy to see that the interior of the Strada mirrors the modern and bold look of its exterior. It’s also fitting that it matches the restyled design outside. Everything is wrapped in premium leather, providing that cozy touch. Also, soft pad materials and stitching can be found on the floor console, armrests, and parking brake. The seats are wrapped in leather, of course, and they are made more comfortable than before.
But the real show-stopper here is the compartment that serves as a mobile tray, a helpful feature if you need a place to store your mobile phones while traveling. In addition, at the back of the center console you will find a similar compartment, complete with new USB ports. More about convenience, the Strada is equipped with an air circulator that absorbs air from the front air vents then transfers it to the back.
Moreover, the infotainment of the Strada is pretty straightforward. It comes with a touchscreen display system that is available in AM/FM, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity. Sound is enjoyable through 6 speakers.
When it comes to safety features, the new Strada is also equipped with advanced technological features such as Advanced Safety Features like Forward Collision Mitigation, Blind Spot Warning with Lane Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System, among others.