Mitsubishi unveils its two enhanced models
Jun 9, 2022
MITSUBISHI Motors Philippines Corp. (MMPC) concluded the summer season by bringing updated versions of their two best-selling models—the New Xpander and Strada GLS Line. These models represent the brand’s strong presence in the MPV and Pickup truck segments. For the most part, the update’s highlight is the streamlined and tougher looks of the two model’s already fine appearances. The New Xpander
Since its local debut, the hot-selling MPV finally received the much-anticipated enhancements. Mitsubishi claims that the latest iteration redefines the contested segment with a more advanced and progressive look while combining SUV-like luxury and comfort. The newly-designed Strada GLSLine. “We are excited for Filipinos to finally be able to see in metal the New Xpander. Mitsubishi Motors wanted to further evolve the Xpander and assert its number 1 position in the market. We have enhanced its unique selling propositions while upholding the traits that have made it the MPV that it is today. Expect a “reimagined ride” that will tap into your adventurous spirit and re-excite you to hit the road and go outdoors,” said Takeshi Hara, MMPC’s president, and CEO. Exterior-wise, the refreshed look exudes more “active” and “tough” characteristics. The front end now embraces a more horizontal structure with the addition of three-dimensional skid guards. The prominent new black metallic radiator grille and the latest signature T-shape headlight with a restyled LED daytime running lights (DRL) and turn signal. At the back, the updates highlight the adoption of a homogeneous T-shape taillight unto the reshaped bumper and tailgate garnish and glass. The wheels are now bigger at 17-inch, complementing the more significant side sill garnish. Inside, Mitsubishi’s Design Identity of “Horizontal Axis” was applied. The dashboard now has a more robust feel with soft padded materials and actual stitch accents. The new tilt and telescopic steering have been restructured with a compact center for better grip. Also incorporated are a new meter cluster and dynamic opening graphic. Highlighted at the center is the patented seven-inch Smartphone-link Display Audio (SDA-3) and the touchscreen infotainment system supported with hands-free functions, Apple CarPlay, and Google Android Auto. Below is a new digital LCD A/C panel, a larger capacity open tray with a 12V outlet and USB port. Moreover, the center console has armrests with a reorganized and sizeable compartment. The second row now has access to two rear USB ports (TYPE-A and TYPE-C) embedded at the console, along with the rear A/C dial and louver with inviting colors. Another improvement is the cup holders in the seat armrests. Of course, the rear seats are foldable to create a sizable cargo bay. Still, the only one in the category equipped with Cruise Control and a reverse camera is added for better backing up visibility. Even steering and suspension settings have been optimized. The enlarged rear absorber, front/rear springs, and high-performance valves result in a flatter and more comfortable ride. Moreover, a steering wheel return control was integrated for better maneuverability at low speeds. The Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) and Brake Auto Hold (BAH) buttons are now part of the shift panel. These, together with Active Stability Control (ASC), Hill Start Assist (HAS), and Traction Control (TCL), now come standard for automatic transmission variants. The best part? The ground clearance is now higher at 225-mm while retaining the 1.5 MIVEC DOHC 16-valve generating 103 hp and 141 N-m of maximum torque. Price starts at P1.050 million with White Pearl, Graphite Gray, Black, Red, Sunshine Orange, and the newest Blade Silver Metallic color options. The newly-designed Strada GLS Line
Meanwhile, MMPC also brought the updated Strada GLS line to the local market. The brand’s all-around pickup truck flaunts a more contemporary and tougher exterior. The dynamic shield fascia now has a blackened radiator grille and front under garnish. A headlight garnish was also added, seamlessly blending with the LED Daytime Running Light (DRL). The door mirror, step board, outer handles, and 18-inch alloy wheels were also blacked out. The rear gate handle and step bumper have been blacked out. Inside, smart storage and connectivity solutions were seamlessly integrated, such as the front and back smartphone trays and USB charging ports. Retained is the 2.4-liter intercooler-turbodiesel MIVEC engine delivering 178 hp and 430-N-m of maximum torque. Safety technologies are Mitsubishi Active Stability and Traction Control (M-ASTC)—to help maintain control in slippery conditions or rapid steering maneuvers; Hill Start Assist (HSA)—to prevent rolling back on very steep inclines even when the brake pedal is not thoroughly stepped on; Trailer Stability Assist (TSA)—to detect and counter trailers being towed from swaying avoiding potential hazards; Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) along with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)—to maximize power and provide more steering control under hard braking situations. Of course, there is the Easy Select 4WD system with drive modes like 2H (2WD High Range)—for smooth and fuel-efficient cruises on highways or regular everyday drives; 4H (4WD High Range)—for added stability and traction on wet roads; and 4LLc (4WD Low Range with Locked Center Differential)—for better turning power and maximum traction on all types of terrain. “The Mitsubishi Strada was made for both work and play. It’s a pickup truck that Filipinos can confidently rely on to handle whatever and wherever they need to be, especially for the unpredictable weather and road conditions here in the country. So may it be flooding in city streets or a weekend off-roading trip, the Strada has got you covered,” said Hara. “We wanted to re-introduce the Strada’s GLS series with a stronger and more powerful look that appeals across a wider variety of buyers. And although the changes are just on the ‘outer skin,’ customers can look forward to its robust and reliable DNA that has been known for over 40 years since this nameplate was introduced.”
Variants under the GLS line are 2WD M/T, 2WD A/T, and 4WD M/T, with a starting price of P1.293 million.