Mitsubishi claims top class for new L200


Mitsubishi expects the fifth-generation version of its L200 pick-up, on sale in September, to continue the phenomenal success of its predecessor.

The current L200 Series 4 version of a model line stretching back 33 years has also racked up the most awards, more than its rivals combined. And since launching in 2008, it has outsold all other pick-up models in the UK.

According to its creators the new L200 will both reflect the qualities of its predecessors and advance the concept. It is a completely new model, Mitsubishi stating that some 330 aspects have been significantly improved.

The new L200 is powered by a turbodiesel engine of all-aluminium construction, a first in the sector according to its makers and helping to save vehicle weight by 30kg. It offers 178bhp and 317lbft of torque, both improved on its predecessor, and resulting in a 0-62mph cut by two seconds to 10.4 sec.


Fuel economy and emissions are also claimed to class-leading, the 42.8mpg combined cycle figure outstretching rivals between 11 and 47 per cent and the CO2 emissions of 169g/km some 33 per cent better than competitors.

The transmission will offer the ability to drive permanently in either two-wheel or four-wheel drive on tarmac or off-road, again Mitsubishi claiming this as unique in the sector.

Revised suspension and a stiffer chassis contribute to ride comfort said to rival an SUV’s, while the basic needs have not been neglected – the cargo bed has more depth and more volume, and the L200 claims the largest carrying capacity of any pick-up along with a 4.1-tonne combined payload and towing ability.

First supplies of the L200 Series 5 will be in double cab format. Prices start from £19,749 for the 4Life, £20,749 for the Titan, £23,049 for the Warrior and £23,799 for the range-topping Barbarian.

Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Van Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars and vans for more than 20 years, and attends many new model launches each year.

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