Mitsubishi L200: robust and economical

The fifth generation of the Mitsubishi L200 celebrates its European premiere at the Geneva Motor Show (March 5 to 15). In addition to the more angular design, there is the proven off-road technology and a new engine. The pick-up is launched in summer as a four-seat club cab version and with a five-seat double cabin.

Visually, the new edition is somewhat edgier than the unusually round predecessor. This also fits better with the robust technology with ladder frame, rigid axle and permanent all-wheel drive with off-road reduction. Under the hood is a newly developed 2,4 liter diesel with either 113 kW / 154 hp or 133 kW / 181 hp, which in the most efficient variant should manage with a little more than six liters of fuel. The previous model still needed at least 8,9 liters. A manual six-speed gearbox and a five-speed automatic transmission are available for power transmission.

The Japanese have upgraded in terms of assistance systems and electronics. For example, there is now a lane keeping assistant, hill start aid and a trailer ESP. There are also bi-xenon headlights and a reversing camera.

The manufacturer does not yet list prices. According to the list, the Club Cab variant currently costs at least 27.290 euros, but Mitsubishi grants a 4.000 euros discount. The competitors of the L200 in Germany include the VW Amarok and the Ford Ranger.

Author: Holger Holzer / SP-X

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