Mitsubishi’s L200 has long been one of the favourites in the UK pick-up truck market, and when a new model arrived in 2016, it seems Mitsubishi knew how to capitalise on it.
Many of the most popular aspects of the previous L200, perhaps understandably, remain untouched. The distinctive and imposing looks of its predecessor are instantly recongisable, whilst the attractive choice of trim levels and options is as wide as ever, ranging from single cab 4Life models that will appeal to business users who need the extra load space - right through to the range-topping Barbarian, which remains the truck to have if you’re after all the toys, comforts and style of a lifestyle pick-up.
It’s underneath where more has changed, however. Better sound proofing, increased cabin comfort and a more refined engine noise will all be enjoyed by customers choosing the newer shape Mitsubishi. And overall, the L200 is even more composed on the road than it had been before, whilst its relatively compact size for a pick-up makes it an easy truck to park, and to live with compared to some of its competition.
From a practical point of view, the Mitsubishi now comes with a 2.4 diesel engine, combining a strong level of torque - up to 430Nm with the 178bhp version - with useful fuel economy figures of up to 44.1mpg and just under 40mpg on the combined cycle. Meanwhile, towing capacity was brought up to 3,500kg from 2018 onwards - bringing the Mitsubishi inline with competition such as the Ford Ranger and Isuzu D-Max.
Back inside the cabin, equipment levels have stepped-up overall. Entry-level 4Life models provide cruise control, air con and Bluetooth. Titan adds dual zone climate control with automatic lights and mirrors, whilst the Warrior is a highly-specced beast with luxuries such as rear view camera, navigation and heated leather seats. The Barbarian remains king of kit, however, with nice touches such as step mood lighting and chrome detailing to welcome you into your pick-up.
But underneath all the toys and trims, the L200 remains the capable load-lugger it’s always been. It’s not lost sight of its origins as a working vehicle, and retains the strong underpinnings that make it capable off road. It’s one of the most popular trucks out there - and it’s easy to see why.
Engine sizes and power:
2.4 Di-D 4-cylinder diesel with 151bhp
2.4 Di-D 4-cylinder diesel with 178bhp
Single, club, double
Single cab - 1,060kg
Club cab and double cab - 1,045kg
3,100kg until 2018
3,500kg from January 2018, with a three-axle trailer
Models of note:
Warrior comes with reversing camera and navigation
Barbarian remains top-of-the-range with mood lighting and electric leather seats