Mitsubishi has been making the L200 for more than 20 years, upgrading and improving it all the time. The truck sets the standards on many things – style, reliability, build quality and specifications.
The L200 is a tough, strong, safe pickup, with a four-star Euro NCAP rating.
Handling is another area where it excels, and the L200 has taken home the pickup of the year award 15 times in the past 18 years. This year there’s another upgraded and updated model.
The Mitsubishi L200 distinguished itself by being the first heavy-duty vehicle to offer the driving standards found on cars, and a more comfortable ride is offered with coiled spring and double wishbones replacing the old torsion bar front suspension.
This was also the first pickup to offer electronic traction control, improving road handling in even the trickiest of conditions. The double-cab model is the only pickup that has a permanent on-road four-wheel drive – a feature that means it is perfect for towing.
Under the bonnet sits an intercooled, turbocharged, 2.5-litre engine which is economical, cleaner than before, and which easily meets the criteria for Euro 5 emissions.
The Mitsubishi L200 is well equipped and well designed. Fully integrated satnav and audio systems, reversing cameras, and Bluetooth connection for hands-free phone calls are just some of the treats on offer.
There are two transmissions to choose from – the INVECS-II automatic and manual gearboxes. Not only does the INVECS-II system make it easier to drive in traffic, but it is also able to copy the driver’s style, changing gear as they do. In a hurry? Then the system will change gear at higher revs.
If you want to be in total control, switch to Sports mode and you can then change gears manually.
So which model should you choose? Here’s our rundown of what’s on offer: