For 2016, the next generation 2016 Mitsubishi Strada GLS 4×4 Manual toned down the curves opting for angles but maintained the refinement making for tight competition. The Mitsubishi Strada has been around since the 90’s in the Philippines and is the direct competitor of the very popular Toyota Hilux. While the origins of the Strada was originally for an off road mid-sized pickup with more utility than luxury in mind, the particular face of the Strada was very rugged, utilitarian and very manly. After a long gap in between generations, the previous generation Strada was a departure from the Strada we knew, it had curves and the bed was smaller, it looked like it belonged in the streets than off road, the new generation Strada made refinement its priority while still capable of doing utility.
The 2016 Mitsubishi Strada GLS 4×4 Manual Presents Itself as the Future of the Vehicle Line
The exterior of the 2016 Mitsubishi Strada GLS 4×4 Manual did away with the prominent curves of the previous generation opting for angles and a muscular look instead of the rather chic look of the curvaceous Strata of the previous generation. The front end retains the curves but is now of a more refined demeanor offering a large chrome grille that melds together with the large headlights. At the sides, the angles contrast with the curvy front end making the vehicle look like it was designed by two different people. The angles certainly make the body look bigger making it reminiscent of the original 90’s Strada. Under the hood is a 2.5 Liter turbocharged four cylinder diesel putting out 176hp and 400Nm of torque. For this particular trim, it is fitted with a six speed manual and 4X4.
On the inside of the 2016 Mitsubishi Strada GLS, obviously there is plastic on the dash and on the door panels but most touch points are padded nicely to provide the classiness that is now becoming more common in modern vehicles. The leather-wrapped steering wheel is smaller than usual and is weighted and feels like a sedan than a truck. Rear seating space is average but might provide a tight space for people above 5.9 feet.
Driving performance of the new 2016 Mitsubishi Strada GLS 4×4 Manual is solid. The 400Nm of torque is readily available at the low 2000rpm range making for an excellent towing and off road vehicle.The variable geometry turbo spools up at 2700rpm providing a surge of power to the engine making the pickup dart along with ease. Handling is composed on normal roads and the notoriously harsh rear end inherent to pickups is absent in the Strada.
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