Mitsubishi L200 - Upgraded and restyled
The Mitsubishi L200 is a reliable, robust and rugged pick-up truck which has recently received a facelift. This features upgraded interior features, engine and transmission, along with a restyled body. The L200 maintains its pick-up truck traits of old but as incorporated a more SUV friendly body design to help attract a greater number of potential buyers.
Mitsubishi released the L200 way back in 1978 and was originally named the Mitsubishi Triton, along with various other names in different countries around the world. The L200 has now entered its 6th generation model with a facelift model in 2019. The latest L200 model has seen various tweaks to the body styling to make it more sporty and SUV in appearance, without moving too far away from its pick-up truck heritage.
The L200 is available in five different trim levels; 4Life, Trojan, Warrior, Barbarian and Barbarian X. All these come in double-cab body style except for the entry-level 4Life model, which is also available in club cab body style. The Club Cab body style features two full-size doors and two half-sized doors with two foldable rear seats. The double cab features four full-size doors and can seat up to five occupants.
The market for pick-up trucks is expanding rapidly. There are many excellent models on offer from rival brands such as the Ford Ranger, Nissan Navara, Isuzu D-Max and the Toyota Hilux, along with more premium models such as the Mercedes X-Class and Volkswagen Amarok.
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Engines, Power and Performance
The Mitsubishi L200 is fitted with a new smaller, less powerful engine than the one found in its predecessor but there is still more than enough power to tow and carry heavy loads. Mitsubishi has also added a new 6-speed automatic transmission in place of the outgoing five-speed auto. All trim levels are available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, except for the top trim Barbarian X which comes with the six-speed auto as standard.
The new engine is a 2.2-litre MIVEC turbocharged diesel engine, developing 150hp and 400Nm of torque. Fitted with the manual transmission, the L200 will get from 0-62mph in 12.4secs and climb to a top speed of 108mph. Opting for the automatic transmission increases the 0-62mph time down to 13.5secs and drops the top speed down to 106mph.
All L200 models are fitted with Mitsubishi's famed four-wheel-drive (4WD) system, offering unrivalled traction no matter what the terrain. The L200's 4WD has two different operating systems, Easy Select System and Super Select System. The Easy Select System is exclusively set to the entry-level 4Life models, with all other trims benefitting from the Super Select System.
Although the new L200 may be down on power compared with the outgoing model, it does still maintain its sharp and nimble steering. It feels at ease cruising down the motorway, in and around town or on the open countryside. The L200 has an impressive towing capability of 3500kgs, which puts it up there at the top of the class.
Interior Quality and Technology
The interior of the Mitsubishi L200 has not been thoroughly redesigned, just a few subtle changes and tweaks with many of the upgrades centred around the technology. The levels of onboard equipment are not as impressive as you may expect when it comes to modern-day vehicles. Don't forget this pick-up truck is designed to be a work-horse first, not a comfortable cruiser like an SUV.
The entry-level 4Life models, along with the Trojan trim, have to do without a touchscreen infotainment system. Still, you do get Bluetooth Connectivity with music streaming, CD/Radio audio system with 4-speakers and Auto Stop & Go. Go for Warrior trim and above and you get a seven-inch colour touchscreen with additional features such as; smartphone mirroring with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a rearview parking camera, Keyless Start and dual-zone climate control.
Everything inside the Mitsubishi L200 feels well built, robust and durable if not the most eye-catching compared to many of its rivals. The L200 interior is practical and functional, with sturdy hard plastics combined with a few soft plastics and contrasting trim pieces. The seats are comfortable and, depending on the trim level or option selected, are available in full leather or a half-leather, half-suede effect adding to the plush effect.
Space, Practicality and Safety
There's plenty of space in the front of the Club Cab and the Double Cab version of the L200. The front seats and the steering wheel both have a wide range of adjustment, making it easy for the driver to find the best and most comfortable position.
Moving to the rear of the L200 and space is limited in the Club Cab model with the fold-down seats designed for short journeys only. This is why it is focussed more towards the commercial market. The majority of L200 models will be double cab models and therefore offer a generous amount of rear space and easy access thanks to large side steps and grab handles.
There are various storage cubbies throughout the cabin including a generously sized glovebox, cupholders front and rear and door pockets front and rear. The load bay in both Club Cab and Double Cab models is spacious and impressive, capable of carrying up to 1080kgs.
The Mitsubishi L200 scored a 4-star rating from Euro NCAP when it was safety tested in 2015, although the new models feature more safety assists, so it should score better when it is next tested. Some of the standard safety features include; Anti-lock brakes, Active Stability Control with Traction Control, Hill Start Assist and multiple airbags.
The Mitsubishi L200 is a great pick-up truck, and the modifications have helped to add to its appeal and desirability. The L200 is not only great for those who need to carry large volumes of cargo, but it is also equally suited as an everyday car.