Opinion: are pick-ups the next SUVs?
It’s value noting that the SMMT nonetheless lists pick-up registrations amongst its industrial car knowledge, and now not its passenger automobile knowledge. Which signifies that the near-10,000 L200 vehicles that Mitsubishi sells in line with 12 months – 2d most effective to the Outlander PHEV in its line-up – don’t depend in opposition to its passenger automobile gross sales determine of 17,591 that the SMMT lists.
But there are particular way of life traits creeping in – and it’s a pattern Mitsubishi recognizes, even though it reckons that any enchantment to way of life patrons is a derivative of creating a tricky, dependable, succesful system for industrial customers.
But the new L200 options ‘rugged’ new styling designed to enchantment to patrons, along side a collection of 8 colors – now not all of which appear designed to have your telephone quantity, e mail and corporate emblem slapped on the peak.
The new truck additionally will get a complete wave of motive force help and protection methods. And it’s notable that Mitsubishi received’t offer the single-cab model – the one offered nearly purely as a industrial car because of its restricted cabin house – in the UK and mainland Europe. That’s as a result of the bulk of the previous-generation L200 gross sales had been of the top-spec Barbarian double-cab model: the one it’s good to have compatibility a circle of relatives in as simply as your paintings gear.
It’s now not simply Mitsubishi, in fact: bring to mind the Ford Raptor Ranger, a high-performance model of the truck that isn’t precisely going to be excessive on the lists of those that base their pick-up purchases on the result of a spreadsheet calculation.
Then there’s the likes of the Mercedes X-Class, which editor-in-chief Steve Cropley lately ran as a long-term take a look at automobile. Again, it’s a system that exists as a industrial car, nevertheless it goals to take action via bringing a marginally of top rate really feel to the marketplace. Maybe the inspiration comes from America, the place higher pick-ups are via some distance the hottest automobiles – to the level that Ford is phasing out gross sales of out of date vehicles to pump out extra F-Series pick-ups like the F-150.
Now I’m now not suggesting that, in 20 years or so, London’s streets are going to be clogged up with way of life variations of pick-ups. At least I in point of fact hope they received’t. But with the really helpful tax breaks in position for such ‘commercial’ automobiles, and the enchantment in their rugged, dependable, go-anywhere styling, I do suppose that you just’ll see increasingly more them on the roads getting used as personal or way of life automobiles.
Whether it’s a blip or a pattern, I’m now not positive. But I do marvel this: now that SUVs are so not unusual, may just patrons who need somewhat of 4×4 difficult authenticity, and to stick out from the crowd, be turning to vehicles?