Here's why the Mitsubishi L200/Triton will live through the apocalypse
Creating a vehicle which has somewhat of a cult status is difficult, then continuing to make later versions which bring the following with it is even harder. Mitsubishi have done this though, with absolute ease - seeing as the L200 is still one of the best selling pickups in the world.
The outside styling is comfortable and reliable
Making a pickup look good is difficult, so often people make an effort at the front and then give up at the back and call it a day. Mitsubishi have made a strong effort to ensure from every angle the L200 looks good, even down to the door handles (it's the little things, right?). Whilst the back hasn't had bundles of updates over the years, it's still relatively modern and in keeping with the rest of the aesthetics. It's nice to see a pickup truck rear end which has some 'sass'.
The 'Barbarian' spec does get a lot more chrome trim (including 'barbarian' written in various places) however you cannot deny that even a bottom spec L200 looks amazing. Truly a design which isn't ageing badly at all and will still look great in years to come - considering that old models still look great to this day.
Inside is a perfect mix of hard wearing and luxury
Spending time in any vehicle which has a bad interior is like being subjected to watching a 5 year old in a violin recital, fortunately in the L200 that isn't the case. Entry models do get cloth seats, however the 'Barbarian' spec gives you electric leather seats. The infotainment is easy to use and has a decent sound system - alongside a quiet and refined general interior.
Your rear seat passengers do get a few amenities, however it's not a Jaguar XJ in the back - that said there is plenty of leg room and head room - a nice change compared to some other pickup competitors. The driving position is comfortable and offers bundles of visibility, that said I would strongly advise the reversing camera - as without it you will definitely reverse into something.
The performance is unquestionable and face meltingly good
Hear me out, because I'm clearly not talking on-road performance. That said - credit where it's due, the on-road characteristics are nice with decent handling and a fantastically quick to respond gearbox. Put that with decent economy and a relaxing overall drive, then it's clearly a good driving 'on-the-road' truck.
Off-road is where it all changes for the better (like it wasn't already good enough), with standard on road tyres it deals with steep muddy inclines like it was on tarmac. Taking some photos I got locked in a carpark which had mounds of dirt to stop people getting in and out not via the proper routes - instead of waiting 3 hours for a worker to return... I simply drove over a 6ft mound without any question from the L200. It made so little fuss I had to question how big the mound was, and immediately fell over trying to climb it - it was taller than me!
It was at that point the whole truck made sense to me. It's not expensive, it's not juicy, it's comfortable, it's reliable, it's unstoppable. Truly Mitsubishi had made a vehicle which was able to do the school run, the work day, the school run again, a McDonalds run and finally a shopping trip - all whilst you're sat in the comfort of the L200's amazingly nice heated seats.
"Why would it survive the apocalypse then?"
Firstly, first generation trucks are still around now with hundreds of thousands of miles on them. Due to these trucks not having stupidly complex technological components, they're easy to fix when and if they go wrong. It's an international vehicle - in other countries it's known as a 'Triton', but to us and many other markets it's the L200. The origins of the L200 started in 1978 with the Mitsubishi Forte / L200, through many updates and changes it eventually developed into what we have today. That's a lot of 'knowledge' from Mitsubishi, they've been making the L200 for a long time - but it also means easy to access spare parts.
It's an every day and every night kind of vehicle, which can take you to work and take the family on long road trips. Finding parts is easy, modifying is even easier, the engines go on to the end of the world and beyond, it's easy to work on too - so if you need something the other side of the apocalypse... better look at the L200.