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New Mitsubishi L200 ups comfort, durability and tech

Mitsubishi has comprehensively upgraded the L200 one-tonne pickup, aimed at improving comfort and durability to cater for both business and private use.

Mitsubishi L200 (2019)
Mitsubishi L200 (2019)

Revealed in Bangkok, Thailand, close to where it is manufactured, the newcomer has undergone more than 2,400 changes and launches 40 years after the first-generation model broke cover. At 160,000 units per year, the pickup is Mitsubishi’s second-biggest selling global model, sold in 150 countries worldwide.

The new L200 features completely refreshed bodywork, in line with the Eclipse Cross SUV, with a bonnet designed to make it easier to judge its corners while manoeuvring. It also features extra reinforcements in the front structure and where the cabin, bed and chassis frame are joined, while approach and departure angles have improved between generations.

The outgoing model’s 2.4-litre, 181hp turbo diesel engine is carried over, but now available with a new six-speed automatic transmission featuring a Sport mode. Depending on trim level, the L200 can also be equipped with a four-wheel drive system featuring specific modes for gravel, mud/snow, sand and rock.

On-road manners are said to have been improved by additional sound deadening and larger rear dampers for better ride quality and refinement. Rear-seat passengers get USB charging ports and extra vents for better air circulation.

Autonomous emergency braking, rear cross traffic alert and blind spot warnings are also available for the first time, and the L200 can also be equipped with a simulated birds-eye view parking display for easier manoeuvring.

The L200 launches in Thailand later this month, and is due to arrive in Europe next summer.

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Written by Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.

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