Mitsubishi has proven that it doesn’t only know to design good SUVs and crossovers yet it offers practical and dependable pickup trucks which becomes better and better as time goes. The Mitsubishi L200 actually reached notable popularity with its third generation in 2003 when selling went over 12,000 units just in UK market. However, the fourth generation has experienced some sales devaluation despite the same recipe had been used as on more successful Series 3 models. But L200 has entered in the fifth generation and changes are obviously on better but however they are not a complete revolution.
The model continues on the same platform but chassis has been improved with injection of more high strength steel and new bracing while suspension has been improved as well. The mechanical aspect has also received more sophist aced diesel engine unit which is more efficient as well. The models also looks tough and design is attractive while interior side has also been upgraded. It is also strong on the safety ground and offer several advanced safety systems which are not present at some key rivals’ models. 2016 Mitsubishi L200 is only available in double cab style and equipment is divided in four trim levels.
2016 Mitsubishi L200: Performance
The power for the new 2016 Mitsubishi L200 will be provided from the new developed diesel MIVEC engine which brings impressive fuel economy and reduced emissions. The engine is aluminum made piece of engineering and it weights 30 kg less than one exploited in Series 4. The engine is 2.4 liter four-cylinder common-rail turbo diesel displacement which also features variable valve timing. The peak power is 178 bhp (130 KW) which is available at 3,500 rpm and max torque sits at 430 Nm at 2,500 rpm. Detuned version available on some versions produces 158 bhp and 380 Nm of torque. Engine has 15.5 compress ratio and emissions are rated at 173 kg/km of CO2. The engine ca be paired with either a six-speed manual shifter or five-speed automatic with shift paddles. Every model has switchable 4×4 wheel drive system but from Titan trim models are equipped with super select four-wheel drive system. The first, part-time 4WD system is manually engaged and also features rear locking rear differential. In case of the super select 4WD it can be used in both rear and four-wheels drive modes while 4WD mode automatically directs power to wheels which have most grip. This modern system features Torsen center differential which distributes power 40/60 front to rear. Engine accelerates well and more powerful version hits 62 mph in 10.4 seconds while detuned version needs 12.2 seconds. Modern engine design and fuel saving systems help this powertrain to deliver good fuel economy figures and in it context the entry 4Life model returns the best 44.1 mpg (6.4 liters per 100 km) on combined cycle while higher grade models with manual gear box provides 42.8 mpg or 6.6 liters per 100 km. The same high-spec version with automatic transmission returns 39.2 mpg still good score compared to similar rival’s versions. In towing and hauling duties it allows 1,050 kg of payload capacity and towing is rated at 3,100 kg which is still below the class’ 3,500 kg benchmark.
The L200 models are using the front double wishbone with coil springs and stabilizer bar suspension while in the rear it includes leaf springs. The steering system is well-weighted and responsive which together makes it delivers more composed ride than previous version and majority of rivals. The manual transmission is also smother and seems more precise than outgoing version while with automatic shifter more relaxed driving is available. The L200 features 31 degree approach and 28 degree departure angle and with aforementioned 4WD system, locking differential and with low or high range gearing it is capable to attack any kind of off-road terrains.
2016 Mitsubishi L200: Styling, Interior
The new 2016 Mitsubishi L200 features traditional pickup style which seems to be more conventional that previous generation models. However, it also looks tough and capable and several unique features make it easy recognizable. Unique designed grille dominates on the front side and it is bracketed with nicely shaped headlights. Bold front bumper includes wide air intake and sharp fog lights. Body sculpting is balanced and rounded shapes and surfaces help this model look less boxy and more modern. The model has 5,285 mm in length, it is 1,815 mm wide and its height measures 1780 mm. According to this dimensions it is more compact truck compared to key rival models. The load area is 1470 square and its depth is 475 mm.
Inside it is well organized with plenty space for passengers, more equipment and better sound isolation. The materials and build quality are comparably better and interior is nicely stylized as well. What is also important instruments and controls are clear and they can be easily identified. A large center screen on higher grade models is situated in the middle of the dash and flanked by vertical oriented air vents. Chrome accents are present on dash, center console, door panels and steering wheel. The front seats are well shaped and supportive while the rear are also good and good amount of leg and head room are also provided for rear passengers.
Body styles, Trims, Safety
The new L200 is in double cab form only and trim range includes 4Life, Titan, Warrior and Barbarian grades. On all variants we will get Bi-xenon headlights, switchable 4WD system, air conditioning, Bluetooth and audio stemming, USB ports, steering wheel audio controls, etc. Base 4Life trim comes with 16-inch wheels while from Titan models will get 17-inch alloys, privacy glass, Super Select four-wheel drive system, etc. There it will also be Dab radio, tilt and telescopic steering column, dual-zone climate control, leather wrapped steering wheels, etc. The Warrior trim adds seat heaters, power driver’s seat adjustment, HD navigation and audio system, heated folding mirrors, leather seat upholstery. The Barbarian models include leather seats with Barbarian logo. In terms of safety equipment, even the standard offer is very good with several advanced systems that are used on passenger cars. All L200 include seven airbags, ABS, braking assist, active traction and stability control, trailer sway assist, hill start assist, etc. Rear view camera and lane departure warning are available on higher-spec models while hill descant control isn’t available.
2016 Mitsubishi L200: Conclusion, Cost
The 2016 Mitsubishi L200 delivers good driving dynamics, fuel economy, and off-road performance. It is also comfortable and better equipped in some areas than some rivals. So, it is good candidate but surely better options are available on the market. The base L200 models are priced just under £20k while top Barbarian versions exceed £30k.