The new Mitsubishi L200 is a dirty, muddy tease.
Think pick-up, think Mitsubishi L200.
Since the 70s, it’s been a mainstay on construction sites and the vehicle of choice for people leading a life of graft. The simple truth is no vehicle is more versatile than a pickup with a double cab, and the L200 is the best of the best with a sweeter drive than most. It’s been that way for years. It’s about to get better too. A facelifted version of the fifth generation (Series 5) L200 will go on sale in 2019 with enhancements across the board.
What do we know?
Mitsubishi recently teased us with a photo of the new L200 they promise will be “engineered beyond tough” and if the current pickup competition is anything to go by, we can expect it to be more refined and luxurious too. Spy shots of the new L200 in camouflage hint at the new look. The most obvious thing is a narrower headlight profile (see picture below right).
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has narrow headlights, as does the Shogun Sport. These are newer than the current-gen L200, so we can expect the facelift car to have a similar headlight profile to these. Other than that, the exterior’s well camouflaged so we can’t see any other changes. What we can be sure of though is a suite of new technologies which will bring the Mitsubishi L200 bang up to date with offerings in newer cars like the Shogun Sport. The Shogun Sport is available with LED headlights, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning, Unintended Acceleration Mitigation System and a 360° parking camera.
You can expect some or all of these technologies to port their way across. It’s important to note the L200 already has a top specification, with features like black leather seats and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto fitted as standard on Warrior models.
Something that’s unlikely to change is the body offerings. The L200 Series 5 is available as a Single Cab, Club Cab or Double Cab. With the commercial sector using the former two body styles extensively, we expect them to stay. Most sales are Double Cabs, and we expect these to be available in popular Titan, Warrior and Barbarian trim still.
What about the mechanicals?
We can expect the engine range to be overhauled to meet the latest Euro 6D Temp emissions regulations. The 2.4-litre turbodiesel may or may not be swapped out. It’s good enough for the Shogun Sport, but the Outlander diesel has a 2.2-litre diesel engine which is a legitimate option should downsizing be required.
The L200’s Super-Select 4WD II system is the best in the business so won’t change. It can operate in 2WD or 4WD mode.
With its 3.5-tonne tow capacity, Trailer Stability Assist, 590kg payload capacity and strengthened chassis, the L200 is already maxed out as a workhorse. The only improvement that can be made here is a higher payload (the VW Amarok has a 702kg payload capacity) and it shouldn’t be too difficult for Mitsubishi to beat that.
This new Mitsubishi L200 has proven to be a dirty-muddy tease so far and what we actually know about it is very little. What we can be sure of is more tech, cleaner engines and a facelifted exterior. All will be revealed in November.