Mitsubishi L200 2018 review | Autocar
Under some facelifted cars, you without a doubt gained’t mistake the hot L200 from its predecessor. To this tester, it has one of these presence and magnificence you need from a pick-up.
Inside, it’s a special tale. While there were quite a few adjustments, they’re of the delicate tweak moderately than complete transforming selection, and the cabin would best possible be described as conveniently utilitarian. It’s all practical, neatly laid out and feels constructed to remaining, with helpful touches like 4 USB ports.
The cabin could also be conveniently spacious for 4 grown-ups, no less than within the double cab model we attempted – and, because of low call for, the one cab variant gained’t be introduced in the United Kingdom anyway. There’s quite a few equipment too, particularly within the upper trim ranges.
Because the United Kingdom may not get the new-look L200 till the summer season of 2019, with Mitsubishi step by step rolling it out throughout world markets, ultimate specs and pricing for Britain haven’t begun to be finalied. It has simply long past on sale in Thailand, the place it’s also produced, and it used to be a Thai-spec model that we examined on a path that integrated town, dual carriageway and nation using, together with an off-road direction.
The new L200 style options the similar turbocharged 2.Four-litre diesel engine as the former style, and that’s prone to stay within the new UK model, mated to the similar six-speed handbook gearbox. That stated, differing laws imply the efficiency may neatly range.
Alongside the handbook, a new five-speed computerized can be introduced – and used to be on a take a look at truck that we used in brief to pattern an off-road direction.
That engine produces 178bhp at 3500rpm, which is sufficient each to cruise conveniently at the dual carriageway, and make sure quite a few low-down pulling energy in harder prerequisites. The diesel engine is moderately at the gruff facet, and it without a doubt isn’t quiet, however given that is, final, designed and constructed as a business car core consumers most probably gained’t thoughts that as a trade-off for its helpful energy and torque.
As with the pre-facelift L200, the trip is precisely what you’d be expecting from a one-tonne pick-up. Mitsubishi says it has accomplished paintings at the automobile’s damping and suspension to clean issues out, however the mixture of a cast chassis and are living rear axle signifies that issues can get bouncy. But on a median avenue you gained’t realize an excessive amount of, and you’ll be pleased about that further give whilst you both load the L200 to capability or take to rougher surfaces.
The pressure modes at the four-wheel-drive drivetrain have additionally been made over, with the addition of gravel, snow, sand and rock that fluctuate how energy is had to optimise efficiency. We weren’t ready to check all of them, however can attest that the L200 can take on an off-road impediment direction and a tropical Thai woodland path with aplomb – data this is, admittedly, of restricted use to British business car consumers.