What is it?
The Mitsubishi L200 is celebrating its 40th birthday this year, and for the occasion the Japanese firm has given its popular pick-up a bit of a nip-and-tuck. That’s despite the current fifth-generation L200 only being launched three years ago.
Despite that short time gap, Mitsubishi bosses are adamant that new version has been developed because it could make a substantial number of improvements – and that this is an ‘extensive’ reworking, rather than a quick facelift. They cite more than 4200 new parts and changes.
Given the pick-up market is becoming increasingly competitive, with recent arrivals such as the Mercedes-Benz X-Class and established rivals such as the Ford Ranger and Nissan Navara all battling for market share, keeping the L200 among the class leaders is vital for Mitsubishi – it expects to selll more than 180,000 globally this year.
You won’t have to look too hard to spot the cosmetic changes. The L200 (known as the Triton in other markets) sports a bolder, aggressive new front end that features a version of Mitsubishi’s ‘Dynamic Shield’ grille, and is designed to be more rugged and aggressive, in line with the current pick-up market.
Under that revamped bodywork are some more substantial changes, including a whole host of new safety and driver assistance features, including blind spot detection, 360 degree cameras, brake assist and hill descent control. They’ve been added to make the L200 a more versatile, rounded pick-up – whether you’re buying one for business, or are one of the increasing number of buyers choosing one as an alternative to a car.