When you think of a pickup, you’d think of a Toyota HiLux, Nissan Navara and a Mitsubishi L200 of course. There is little that separates these models, however the L200 stakes a very strong claim to being the top utility truck. The L200 is available in all the markets Mitsubishi has a presence in except Canada, China, South Korea, United States and North Korea.
What’s in a Name?
Depending on where you are in the world you’ll know it by different names. It’s is known as the Mitsubishi Triton in Australia and Israel, the Fiat Fullback in Europe and the Middle East, and as the Mitsubishi Strada in the Phillipines.
The L200 made its debut in the Japanese market as the Mitsubishi Forte back in 1978. Production continued in Japan until 1986, where the model line was suspended in the Japanese home market.
The Current Model
Currently, the Mitsubishi L200 is on its fifth generation (5 series), which was unveiled in 2014 and went on sale a year later. The L200 isn’t available in the American market due to chicken tax and new competitors entering the pickup segment. It’s important to note that the fourth generation (4 series) of the L200 is still in production and is sold as a cheaper option.
The series 5 Mitsubishi L200 are all double cabin, and have a couple of variants on offer:
- Warrior (auto)
- Barbarian (auto)
The available trims for the series 4 are:
- Single Cab 4Life
- Club Cab 4Life
Powering the 4 series is a 2.5L four cylinder diesel that is able to churn 134 bhp of power and 314 N·m of torque. As for the 5 series they are able to get 151 bhp and 380 N·m from their improved 2.4L four diesel. However, that is standard with 4Life which are the entry level trims for the L200. On other 5 series variants like Barbarian you are able to get 178 bhp and a higher torque of 430 N·m.
The interior isn’t that catered to comfort as you would say a passenger car or SUV, however if you are buying a pickup that would be the least of your worries. The cabin is spacious and there is lots of room for you and your luggage. Overall, the L200 when compared to other tracks is a little more compact.
I think it is an aesthetically pleasing track with great curves. Compared to its rivals it’s distinguishable, aggressive and macho, while being contemporary.
As a utility track the Mitsubishi won’t let you down. Its proven reliability will have you at ease all the time. If you are thinking that this is a kind of SUV, you’ll be disappointed. However, if you are thinking of a utility track that can flex its muscles when the need arises, then the L200 is the pickup for you. Just to show its class it has bagged a couple of awards such as the Auto Express “New Cars Award 2015.” An award winner and simply the best track you can buy.
If you are thinking of buying a L200, you should start to budget from £ 19,749 for the 5-series and £ 15,845 for the series 4.
Is this pick up a class leader, ahead of the likes of Toyota HiLux and Nissan Navara, or is it in the same league? Leave a comment, have your say.
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