An all-new 2.4-litre diesel engine features in the new L200
To date, 1.3 million units of the L200 have been sold
2016 Mitsubishi L200
The current model has been on sale for almost a decade. To date, 1.3 million units have been sold.
The new model gets a host of upgrades aimed at making it more refined and safer, without softening the car's hard-won reputation for toughness.
The main improvement is an all-new 2.4-litre diesel engine, which is available in two states of tune. The entry-level engine has 151bhp and 280lb ft of torque, while the higher-output version has 178bhp and 317lb ft. There is an all-new six-speed manual gearbox, as well as a paddle-shift automatic option. Importantly, given that the L200 will almost entirely be bought as a company vehicle, CO2 has dropped from 199g/km to 169g/km for the cleanest models.
The new engine, beefed-up body mountings and revised suspension settings are claimed to give significant improvements in passenger comfort by reducing noise and vibrations passed into the cabin. The steering has been speeded up, too, in an effort to sharpen up the driving experience.
Externally, the new L200 is closely related to the model it replaces, but with redesigned front and rear ends. Mitsubishi is also claiming the cabin is higher in quality, more comfortable and more spacious than that of the outgoing car.
Full-time four-wheel drive, stability control, traction control, lane departure and hill-start systems are available on the new model. Seven airbags are provided in the cabin for improved crash protection.
Although Mitsubishi has made significant commitments to hybrid and plug-in technologies, most recently with a hybrid pick-up at the 2013 Geneva motor show, there is no confirmation that a low-emissions L200 will form part of the line-up.