Introducing the New Mitsubishi L200
Is this a strong Toyota Hilux competitor?
Today Mitsubishi announced the arrival of the new L200 (Triton). This model celebrates the 40th year anniversary of the L200. It will be initially launched in Thailand (Nov 17th) then eventually in 150 other countries. The CEO of Mitsubishi, Osamu Masuko said "The new Mitsubishi L200 is one of the most important global strategic models". He is definitely right in saying this, the L200 has been a workhorse for many over the last 40 years of its production.
The new L200 has been designed to embrace Mitsubishi's slogan for the truck 'Engineered Beyond Tough'. The new one features more power, a better 4x4 system resulting in better off road performance and Mitsubishi's latest safety and driver assistance systems. The new front end has been designed to give the car a more powerful and imposing presence, not to mention the redesigned headlights. The new and improved wheel arches help to make this truck look as mean as possible. All this comes under Mitsubishi's idea of 'Rock Solid'.
As you can see from the new interior, Mitsubishi have created a comfortable yet robust feel in the cabin. This really suits this car. I would agree that it now looks very elegant yet still has an element of toughness to it. As you can notice, the new L200 is filled with padded areas on the door frames and centre console to provide you with a more pleasant driving experience.
The new 4x4 system however, is what makes this car more interesting (aside from the new and improved sharper exterior). The 4x4 models are fitted with Mitsubishi's 'Super select 4x4' which ensures optimum traction and better handling for any conditions, whether it's mud, snow, gravel, sand or rock, you should be fine in this. The other option is 'Easy Select 4x4' which simply allows you to switch between drive modes as you change terrain. When these systems are engaged, the car controls the engine power, transmission, braking to regulate wheel slip and will overall improve its capabilities off the beaten track. As you can tell, Mitsubishi have really tried to improve the off road capabilities of the L200.
As far as the safety features go, the new L200 will have Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) which will detect people and vehicles ahead, Blind spot warning to help when changing lanes, Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) to avoid collisions when reversing and also Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System (UMS) which helps reduce accidents with improper use of the acceleration when setting off or reversing in small spaces. The new L200 really does have you covered in terms of safety.
In terms of performance, the braking performance has been improved with larger front and rear discs and calipers. You will experience a more comfortable ride with upgraded rear dampers and a new and improved six speed automatic transmission to allow smoother gear changes and better acceleration.
It is unknown the price just yet but judging by the previous generation which would set you back around £20,000 in the UK it is likely we will see a small increase in price for this 2018 model.