Updated Mitsubishi L200 Pickup Unveiled With Fresh Styling, Enhanced 4WD System

Mitsubishi has unveiled its new L200 one-ton pickup truck, boasting updated styling, an enhanced 4WD system and a wide range of active safety and driver assistance systems.

According to the automaker, the new model will offer significant refinements to the durability and reliability required by the commercial user, as well as to the comfort and ride quality needed by private users. Sales are to commence November 17 in Thailand, followed by a worldwide roll-out.

“The new Mitsubishi L200 is one of our most important global strategic models,” stated the company’s CEO, Osamu Masuko. “Its success will accelerate the momentum of the company’s sustainable growth. The new model brings enhancements to the durability, reliability and comfort developed over the 40 years since the introduction of the series. I am fully confident the new Mitsubishi L200 will meet the diverse needs and wishes of our customers around the world.”

Newer means better

The new L200 boasts the automaker’s latest ‘Dynamic Shield’ front design aesthetic, with a high engine hood line and beefier-looking lights positioned higher up, thus giving it a more powerful and imposing presence.

Meanwhile, the extended wheel flares, new body curves with contrasting sharp lines and bright accents help give this truck a more modern appearance compared to its predecessor.

Inside the cabin there are soft pad materials and stitching on the floor console, armrests and parking brake. As for on-board tech, you can find Forward Collision Mitigation, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation and the Multi Around Monitor, generating a bird’s eye view image of the area surrounding the vehicle.

Enhanced performance

New L200 4WD models can be fitted either with Super-Select 4WD (for optimum traction and handling), or Easy-Select 4WD, which simplifies switching between drive modes. Both of these use a new off-road mode which has Gravel, Mud/Snow, Sand and Rock settings.

When engaged, the off-road mode controls engine power, transmission and braking to regulate the amount of wheel slip. Also, the Hill Descent Control system is there to allow you to negotiate steep or slippery descents.

The new L200 has also been fitted with larger front discs and calipers, larger rear dampers, and has replaced the current five-speed automatic transmission with a six-speed one, for smoother acceleration and improved refinement.

Mitsubishi will announce European specs closer to market launch, which will take place late summer 2019.

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  • Looks immensely better than the pre-facelift version but that was a pretty low bar to clear.

    BTW, the chrome strip on top of the tailgate latch that houses the rearview cam is just crudely integrated.

  • Dennis Scipio

    I love the bold new front end.

    • Christian

      Some are into thic women

      • exeptor

        Some of them are not bad at all if I have to be honest.

    • Da Only Skid

      And I love it will never make it overseas to the US.

      • Dennis Scipio

        Blame Chicken Tax for that.

        • Da Only Skid

          Tax is a cop out. Mitsubishi, Isuzu were run out for poor products and updates to vehicles. Hell the 3000GT Turbo had the worse depreciation, dollar for dollar, that I have ever seen.

          Tax is not the issue.

          • Dennis Scipio

            Yes, it’s because of a law set by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1963 which imposes a 25 per cent tariff on Light Trucks. That’s why you don’t see Pickup trucks like the Mitsubishi Triton , Volkswagen Amarok or Mazda BT-50 for example, it’s expensive to import these kinds of vehicles compared to other passenger cars. Mitsubishi hopes to possibly share a plant in the US with Nissan where the Next Gen Frontier/Navarra will share a platform with the Next Gen Triton to sell it Stateside which will be a while from now.

  • Major Lee Gassole

    Ugly AF. One thing I noticed was the rear axle is right against the cab. How do you place a heavy load over the center of the axle?

    • TheHake

      By buying the single cab…

      • Major Lee Gassole

        LOL. NOT the answer I was looking for, but you aren’t wrong. Slow clap ensues. 😉

    • Da Only Skid

      First thing I thought as well…ugly as a MF…

  • Christian

    look like a blue whale… Muhhh

  • exeptor

    I like the single cab basic one (with the black bumper). Looks like a proper working tool.

  • TheBelltower

    I like the proportions and the slim headlight design. But there is just way too much messy plastic business going on up front.

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  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    Did they have to make it so hideous?

  • David De Fortier

    Oh God, here come those hideous lights again. The human race is doomed. It seems like every manufacturer is doing it now 😭

  • Eythan Aldrich

    it’s a truck duh…

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