Mitsubishi introduced its first car model back in 1917. It was Japan’s first ever series production car. Over the next 20 years the company became an innovator and developed Japan’s first diesel engine, its first large bus, first four-wheel drive passenger car prototype and the first diesel-powered truck.
After the Second World War, and a time of heavy politics and ill feeling, Mitsubishi Heavy Industry was split, at the order of the Allied powers, into 3 regional companies. At this time the focus was on production of commercial vehicles, which was challenging given a severe fuel shortage.
Enter the 1960’s and Japan's economy was improving bringing it with a huge market for family vehicles. This demand led to the release of Mitsubishi’s first mass market car – the Mitsubishi 500. As the production of commercial vehicles continued to grow alongside the passenger vehicles in 1970 Mitsubishi Motors was formed. Winning pick-up of the year in 1979 in the US the L200 started to come into its own.
Skip forward to more modern times and in 2002, Mitsubishi Motors Europe (MME) was established in order to coordinate sales and after-sales specifically for the European market.
Apart from the car-derived vans that the company produce the real contender in the commercial vehicle market place is the Mitsubishi L200. The mighty and powerful pick-up truck can be easily recognised as the Warrior, Barbarian, Titan or Challenger – all different spec versions of the L200. Now in its 5th generation and still improving the Mitsubishi L200 is the force to be reckoned with in the pick-up market and certainly looks like it can handles itself. It is intimidating both in appearance and by reputation.
Perfect for those heavy-duty jobs – agricultural, building site, lifting and carrying or as a leisure-vehicle for camping or carrying bikes there is not much that it can’t handle. With the two cab options it is perfect for both business and pleasure.
The Mitsubishi L200 engine is a 2.4 litre 178hp MIVEC diesel engine, which, assisted by its lightweight components help it achieve an impressive fuel consumption of 42.8pmg and 173g/km of CO2 emissions. The L200’s load space is 1,470mm square with a maximum payload capacity of 1,050kg and the power and strength to tow a 3,100kg, braked, trailer for extra load requirements.
Inside the L200 cabin is spacious and durable with enough passenger space in the double cab version for a six-foot adult to sit comfortably behind a similarly sized driver. The console, LCD, screen gives the driver useful driving information including fuel economy, average journey speed and external temperature. With Cruise Control the driver can enjoy longer journeys by selecting the required speed and setting it for motorway or longer stretches of road with managed cameras and speed cameras. By applying the brake the cruise control can be switched back to manual acceleration and deceleration. On top of these features other safety features include ABS, Active Stability Control and Traction Control.
More benefits of the Mitsubishi L200 include rain sensor wipers and dusk sensor head, and tail lights, as well as the Super Select 4 wheel drive system with 3 or 4 drive modes depending on the model.
Models in the L200 range -
2H, 2WD High range delivers better fuel consumption and quieter running in normal road conditions
4H (4WD High range) is perfect for more slippery driving conditions
4HLc (4WD High range with CD locked) comes in handy when greater traction is required for snow, sand or dirt roads
4LLc (4WD Low range with CD locked) is ideal for extreme off road conditions.