Mitsubishi’s L200 picks up the pace


Mitsubishi will launch an all-new version of its mass-selling L200 pick-up at the Geneva motor show in March.

The fifth-generation L200 replaces a model that has been on sale for nine years, 1.2 million of them finding owners across the globe.

According to its creators the new L200 is designed to meet the diversifying needs of today’s pick-up customer, becoming more of a ‘Sport Utility Truck’ and with improved reliability, durability, interior comfort and manoeuvrability.

It will be powered by an all-new turbocharged diesel engine of 2.4 litres, available in either 152 or 178bhp versions, with 280 or 317lbft of torque respectively. CO2 emissions are improved by 17% over the previous L200, down to 169g/km minimum when mated with the six-speed manual gearbox.

The new L200’s shell is seven per cent more torsionally rigid than its predecessor. Interior comfort is improved by quieter engines and noise-reducing measures, along with bigger body mounts and longer leaves on the rear suspension to smooth out bumps.

It remains a highly manoeuvrable pick-up – the 5.9-metre turning circle is claimed as class leading by Mitsubishi.

As well as an improved safety spec, the new L200 will also offer a number of equipment features not seen on previous models, highlights including keyless operation, cruise control with an adaptive speed limiter, dual temperature automatic air conditioning, a rear-view camera and DAB radio.

The L200 is expected in showrooms in late summer, in both Club Cab and Double Cab body styles.

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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