Geneva Motor Show 2015: Mitsubishi launches new L200

Published 02 March 2015

Mitsubishi has launched a revamped L200 pickup at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, which will hit the UK dealerships shortly thereafter.

Over a nine-year lifespan the current L200 has sold an impressive 1.3 million units, success that Mitsubishi hopes this newcomer will at least emulate.

The company, as you’d expect, claims a myriad of improvements including the obligatory performance and efficiency enhancements. An all-new 2.4-litre turbo diesel engine is 17 per cent more CO2 efficient than its outgoing equivalent, putting out 169g/km. A Mitsubishi press release suggests it will be available in two versions - 150PS and 176PS, generating 380Nm and 430Nm respectively.

A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, as is Super Select four-wheel drive with low gearing, while Mitsubishi claims the turning circle is smaller and the steering more direct for a more agile driving experience. To that end, the chassis is seven per cent stiffer.

It’s an altogether less agricultural experience too, because we’re told refinement is improved, meaning "it is quiet enough to have conversations between front and rear passengers even when driving on highways or rough roads," in Mitsubishi's words.

In addition, the maintenance schedule is less intense, and safety measure are bolstered, including seven airbags, lane departure warning, traction control with trailer stability assistance, and xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights.

Equipment for the UK market is yet to be confirmed, but the L200 will include cruise control with adaptive speed limiter, dual-zone climate control, a reversing camera, and paddle shifters for the optional automatic gearbox. 

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ianpark    on 9 March 2015

The L200 always has been popular with all it's myriad versions from the very basic two seat up to the luxurious double cab versions. This latest version will no doubt be as popular building on the outgoing model's strengths, it's a pity that Mitsubishi UK is unlikely to import the Shogun Sport as a no nonsense SUV for customers who might rather like such a vehicle with a separate chassis rather than monocoque construction

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