The all-new 2019 Mitsubishi Raider is not going to be so new, though. It will use the same platform as Nissan Frontier. We can speak more of rebadging than the new vehicle. But, it is good to see the Raider back in production after a 10-year pause.
The compact truck will take advantage of the Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. For the first models after the comeback, it will use architecture and engines the Frontier is using. The 2019 Mitsubishi Raider is not going to borrow parts and drivetrains from siblings in the same company – Triton and L200. Instead, Nissan as a proven player in the US pickup market is going to provide the support.
2019 Mitsubishi Raider Specs
The new 2019 Mitsubishi Raider is going to pick the same engines as the Nissan Frontier. So, that will be a 2.5-liter petrol unit with four cylinders. The new Raider can count on 150 horses and 170 lb-ft of torque. Buyers will choose either manual or automatic transmission with five gears.
It is not likely that 2019 Raider is going to get a bigger and more attractive drivetrain. A V6 4.0-liter displacement remains in Nissan’s courtyard. However, we can’t exclude some of Mitsubishi’s engines. For example, Outlander SUV is using a 3.0-liter V-6 mill that produces more power and twist. The same engine could supply 2019 Mitsubishi Raider with 225 hp and 215 lb-ft of torque.
Mitsubishi Raider Hybrid
As its SUV sibling, the truck could get a hybrid drivetrain. If the 2019 Mitsubishi Raider borrows a system from Outlander, it will be a 2.0-liter unit. However, 120 horses are not enough for this kind of vehicle. So, Mitsubishi will have to upgrade some of its bigger engines to put enough power for the 2019 Raider pickup.
2019 Mitsubishi Raider Redesign
Besides the new engines, the 2019 Mitsubishi Raider will get a new look. Here, the truck is not going to use the same shell as the Nissan Frontier. Well, similarities are going to be obvious, but two pickups are not going to be identical as GM Twins, Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon.
While the exterior shows some shadows of the Frontier, the interior is Mitsubishi’s. Fans can expect pretty much the same features as for its flagship crossovers – Eclipse and Outlander. Also, here we will find a few updates and new features. Larger infotainment screen, command buttons, knobs, and material for upholstery are certain changes for 2019 Mitsubishi Raider.
2019 Mitsubishi Raider Release Date
The new 2019 Mitsubishi Raider is still unconfirmed. But, the Japanese company is working on its release. The debut should happen early next year if the Raider wants to keep up with the competition. With not too much time left in 2018, the delay is possible. However, the truck is coming, that is for sure.
Regarding the price, the 2019 Mitsubishi Raider will cost less than its closest sibling, Frontier. Nissan’s pickup is one of the least expensive compact trucks in the market, with a starting price under $20,000. Well, the amount of equipment is not so great, so the first competitive models start at $22,000. The 2019 Raider can’t be so plain at its return, so its price will start above $20,000.