The previous version of the L200 has been available for nearly 10 years so it came to no surprise that Mitsubishi released an all new model back in 2014. The 2016 Mitsubishi L200 is expected to go on sale in the late summer of 2015 in most parts of Asia and in the fall of 2015 in Europe.
The car uses a new platform as well as an all new powertrain and it unlike the previous model which did not shared its platform with other cars, the new L200 is actually going to be very similar to an upcoming Fiat pickup truck and possibly a Ram truck on the North American market, meaning it will be the first L200 to breach that market.
The new truck is better than its predecessor in almost every way and it certainly is a step in the right direction for Mitsubishi. Firstly, it has been developed from scratch but it still retains the body on frame construction so it is as sturdy and capable as ever before.
When it will hit the market, the L200 will continue to be offered either as a work model with rear wheel drive and a smaller than usual ground clearance or as a leisure activity model which will feature all wheel drive as well as a higher ground clearance and a lot of upgrades inside the cabin.
2016 Mitsubishi L200 Price
The price will vary greatly depending on where it will be sold in but a base model should not cost more than the equivalent of $20,000 which is right in the same category as the Navara.
Engine of Mitsubishi L200
Engine wise, the 2016 Mitsubishi L200 did follow the same path as the older model so it does not offer a lot of engines choices but rather a single engine and two transmission choices. This not only makes the development of the car cheaper but it also allows Mitsubishi to keep the cost of the truck down which is a major plus.
The engine is a 2.4 liter turbocharged diesel which is only slightly larger than that in the Navara. However, it is quite a bit more capable and the base version of the L200 is capable of 151 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque which is mighty impressive considering the engine is mated to a 6 speed manual and comes with a Start/Stop system as standard.
The more powerful version makes use of a variable geometry turbocharger so it offers 178 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque which should be good to allow the truck to tow safely more than 5,000 pounds. A 6 speed automatic is also available as an option and the best part about it is that it can make use of the torque of the engine more efficiently.
Mitsubishi L200 Exterior design
The exterior design of the new L200 is striking and similar at the same time with that of the older model which makes us happy because the car looks to be more of an evolution rather than just a new model. The front end takes cues from the Pajero and other cars from Mitsubishi while the bed as well as the design of the rear of the car is pretty much identical to that of the older L200.
Inside the cabin on the other hand, the 2016 Mitsubishi L200 is an all new truck. The dashboard features a new design and the equipment level as well as the materials are much better than before.
In fact, the base model comes with electric windows, air conditioning, electric driver’s seat and even an audio system while the top end versions come with high quality leather upholstery and even wood inserts which really do make it look and feel like a more luxurious truck.