A recently heavily revised, mid-size Mitsubishi L200 pickup truck possesses all characteristics of the modern truck. The model received a significant styling makeover recently and it is now one of the boldest designs on the road. The truck relies on the modern turbodiesel engine while riding on the recently revised underpinning. Like every modern pickup truck, there is also a board model range and modern tech and safety equipment.
Following the recent major update, the next 2021 Mitsubishi L200 will return on the stage with no significant change. The model will go on sale with the revised equipment availability and several new features such as new color and wheel patterns. The range will again include Club Cab and Double Cab body styles reserved for the base trim level while other trim options will be available in the four-door Double Cab configuration only. The trim range should again include 4Life, Trojan, Warrior, Barbarian and Barbarian II versions.
The next-generation Mitsubishi L200 is about two years from the launch. The redesigned L200 will share the underpinning and components with the new-generation Nissan Navara. Two models will have distinctive stylings. The L200 will also be available with both hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains as the reports indicate.
2021 Mitsubishi L200: Design
Following the recent major styling makeover which brought the model in line with the brand’s new design language, the next 2021 Mitsubishi L200 will return in the same form. For the new model year, the brand will likely expand the color palette and offer new wheel options only.
The mid-size Mitsubishi L200 is one of the boldest designs in the class. The truck sports the brand’s fresh front fascia design. The “Dynamic Shield” design used also on the brand’s modern SUVs integrates two-slat upper grille and slim headlights. The lower section includes the faux skid plate element. The mid-section gets attention with the sculpted fog light housings and C-shaped chrome inserts.
From the side perspective, the truck has got the squared-off fender flares and the class’s largest rear overhang. The rear integrates modern taillights, conservative tailgate and step-bumper.
The cabin of the L200 hasn’t changed much since the introduction of the current generation version and it is a bit outdated according to modern automotive standards. The last update bought an updated infotainment system, roof-mounted air vents and additional soft-touch points. For the new model year, there will just be some changes in the equipment availability.
The model should return with the same trim order including 4Life, Trojan, Warrior, Barbarian and Barbarian II. The first two trims are pretty much utilitarian. The Warrior and above versions get more features including LED lights, alloy wheels, privacy glass, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, traction control, trailer Assist, lane departure warning and more. The upper grades add leather upholstery, heated front seats, keyless entry, dual-zone climate control and more. The model comes also with a modern infotainment system with smartphone compatibility features. The L200 possess also automatic emergency braking.
2021 Mitsubishi L200: Powertrain
The 2021 Mitsubishi L200 will continue to exploit a modern common-rail turbodiesel engine equipped with the MIVEC variable valve timing. The engine has an aluminum cylinder block and multiple other weight-saving elements. A 2.3-liter turbodiesel engine makes 149 hp and torque of 400 Nm. The engine is available with the 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
The base L200 versions come with the Easy Select part-time four-wheel drive that is managed manually and has a locking rear differential. The upper grades get a more sophisticated Super Select active four-wheel drive. The system splits the torque 60:40 under normal driving conditions. High or low range gearing and center differential lock are employed on rough terrains.
Went it comes to towing, the mid-size Mitsubishi L200 allows up to 3, 500 kg. The payload capacity is up to 1045 kg.
2021 Mitsubishi L200: Release, Price
The next 2021 Mitsubishi L200 will go on sale in early 2021. The price range should not see radical changes. The model should be available from about £22,000.
The Mitsubishi L200 is available in most markets under the Triton nameplate. The model competes against the VW Amarok, Ford Ranger, Nissan Navara, Toyota Hilux, etc. Buyers can also consider the Isuzu D-Max and SsangYong Musso.