The UK is Europe’s largest pick-up market. It’s a truth not misplaced on Mitsubishi; round one in each three autos the Japanese marque sells in Britain is an L200. Striding via its 40th yr on sale, a brand new model enters the fray – the sixth-generation L200 will get a daring new look, nevertheless it’s not a completely new truck.
In brief, it carries over parts of the Sequence 5 mannequin’s chassis and inside, however receives a brand new, downsized engine, utterly new suspension geometry and a number of latest know-how and driver help options.
The load mattress stays the identical dimension: 1,520mm lengthy and 1,470mm huge, which means accessible area is par for the course, beating the cheaper SsangYong Musso however not fairly sizing as much as the Nissan Navara or Mercedes X-Class. Nonetheless, the distinction is sort of irrelevant, with simply a few centimeters in it. As ever, Mitsubishi gives a broad vary of mattress covers, exhausting tops and equipment, too.
A Membership Cab model with seating for 4 and an additional lengthy mattress (stretching to 1,850mm) kickstarts a barely revised line-up. We’re driving the bigger, five-seat, Double Cab Barbarian X – it’s a brand new vary topping mannequin, outfitted with a regular six-speed automated gearbox and all the L200’s newest toys.
Among the many new options is a blind spot warning system with lane change help, lane departure warning, hill begin help, rear cross visitors alert, ahead collision warning with automated emergency braking and trailer stability help. The brand new tech is all a part of Mitsubishi’s efforts to make the L200 as car-like as doable to drive, and within the case of the Barbarian X mannequin, the end of the cabin displays this too.
The fundamentals of the inside don’t change in comparison with the Sequence 5 truck, and whereas it doesn’t dazzle with its design, it feels sturdy and the switchgear is simple to function. There’s loads of room, too; for a pick-up truck it’s on the cash.
The touchscreen infotainment system doesn’t change, and it’s nonetheless a dimly lit, rudimentary set-up – although smartphone connectivity apps and a 360-degree digicam system are commonplace. A brand new color show is wedged between the 2 primary dials although, and Barbarian X vans characteristic some extra luxurious touches. There’s a heated steering wheel, heated and electrically adjustable seats, and leather-based and Alcantara upholstery. It’s a cushty place to sit down.
It impresses on the transfer, too. The mechanical underpinnings of pick-up vans hardly ever lend themselves to a cushty experience, however the L200 appears to keep away from the worst of the harshness and pogoing encountered in an over-sprung pick-up with an empty mattress. That may be put right down to the stronger chassis, new springs and dampers with an elevated spring price on the entrance axle, and a extra advanced rear leaf spring set-up. The experience is actually greater than acceptable within the context of what the L200 is, compared with the Shogun Sport SUV.
The brand new 2.Three-litre four-cylinder diesel engine makes its presence identified, however not overly so – and although there’s solely 148bhp to tug the two-tonne L200 alongside, the 400Nm of torque is simple to search out. Getting on top of things isn’t any trouble, and it’s a truck that cruises alongside the motorway very properly and with out undue wind noise, both.
With the arrival of the brand new engine comes the requirement for Adblue. To make issues as easy as doable, the brand new L200 comes with an unlimited 21-litre Adblue tank – Mitsubishi claims it’ll solely want refilling each 12,000 miles.
The brand new engine has been homologated beneath WLTP guidelines, with Mitsubishi claiming 32.1mpg for handbook automobiles and 29.1mpg for six-speed automated fashions – and by and huge, they’re figures that ought to maintain up. The L200 emits 206g/km of CO2 (NEDC correlated), although subsequent April, when WLT figures turn out to be related to the tax man, it’ll bounce as much as 254g/km.
The steering is heavy and the rack is kind of sluggish, so it’s not essentially the most maneuverable pick-up to drive round city. The auto field isn’t the smoothest, which makes its adjustments really feel a bit notchy. However vans just like the L200 are hardly designed to be objects of excessive precision, and total it’s solely barely behind the Ford Ranger for sophistication behind the wheel.
With commonplace selectable four-wheel-drive, excessive and low-range gearing, a locking central differential, an unlimited unfold of off-road modes and hill descent management, it’s nonetheless an immensely succesful pick-up truck away from the tarmac, too, even on commonplace highway tyres.
As for payloads, the revised suspension and bigger entrance brakes tip the utmost carrying capability to 1,080kg. Towing capability for all L200 modes stands at Three,500kg, although solely with a three-axle trailer; for a two-axle trailer the edge stands at Three,100kg. Something above and also you’ll void the guarantee.