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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Mitsubishi Motors PH To Launch All-New Strada, 2 New SUVs In 2023


No one is questioning that Mitsubishi Motors Philippines (MMPC) has been relatively quiet when it comes to new products of late. With the exception of the Xpander launched last May (and that’s even technically a refresh), the country’s solidly number two carmaker has just done special edition variants of its Montero Sport, Strada, and Mirage G4 (two of them, in fact) to keep things fresh. Well, don’t worry because they’re stirring up some nice things come 2023.

According to Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Executive Vice-President for Sales and Marketing, Mr. Takanobu Suzuki, this year is all about laying down the foundations for MMPC’s 60th anniversary next year.

According to Suzuki-san, the investment in the Ralliart brand will play a significant role since MMPC is set to introduce new and exciting offerings for the market.

“We are going to launch the new pickup truck and two new SUVs in the following years,” confirmed Suzuki-san. “Next year, as MMPC welcomes its 60th anniversary, we will continuously grow with those strategic models to ignite the passion of Filipinos across generations.”

The news of the new pickup truck shouldn’t come as a surprise as the current Strada is already due for a full model change soon. What’s more interesting is the news surrounding the two new SUVs. Naturally, Suzuki-san has refused to divulge any details, but he did confirm that one is previewed as the XFC Concept last October.

The XFC Concept features the Japanese carmaker’s “Robust & Ingenious” design concept. This gives the yet-to-be-finalized SUV a powerful, yet sleek look. Inside, the interior is defined by its ease of operation with a horizontal design theme with a large display panel integrating a full digital driver display. Furthermore, it promises a spacious cabin with top-level comfort, especially in the back seat.

It will also have plenty of ground clearance and four drive modes: Normal, Wet, Gravel, and Mud. The Wet mode, introduced for the first time in a Mitsubishi vehicle, is designed with use in ASEAN countries in mind, to enable safe driving even on roads flooded by sudden showers.

Reports going around suggest that the yet-to-be-named B-segment SUV will be based off the Nissan Magnite. If that’s true, it’ll likely be powered by a turbocharged 1.0-liter 3-cylinder with 100 horsepower and 160 Nm of torque. More importantly, it will be priced in the sub-million-peso range—the same segment occupied by the Toyota Raize.

The other SUV is most likely either the Strada’s SUV cousin, the all-new Montero Sport, or it could be the all-new Outlander.

3 comments:

  1. XFC is based on the platform Magnite/Kiger huh..Possible.
    Most likely the Outlander PHEV will be replaced by a newer one next..New Montero Sport will likely be available in 2024 instead.

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  2. Xpander Cross perhaps. But this is only a facelift like its MPV brethren.

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