Japan's first series production car was the Mitsubishi and their first model was introduced in 1917. Over the years they then went on to become an innovator in the industry but it wasn't until after the Second World War that they began to manufacture commercial vehicles. Mitsubushi Motors was formed in 1970 and the company produced passenger and commercial vehicles alongside each other. Their L200 was popular in the US but it wasn't until much later that their European arm was launched. In fact it was 2002 before MME - Mitsubishi Motors Europe was formed.
Without a doubt the forerunner in the Mitsubushi commercial range is the L200, more commonly known in this country as the Warrior, Barbarian, Titan or Challenger. These are all different specs of the L200 which is now in its 5th generation. It is certainly an impressive vehicle to look at and to drive and has a reputation of being a mighty vehicle that can handle tough terrains. In fact it was awarded Auto Express Pick-up of the year for 2015 and it is hotly tipped going into 2016 to do even better. Will 2016 be the year of the pick-up and in particular the Mitsubishi L200?
If you need a vehicle that can handle those tough, heavy duty jobs then you need the Mitsubishi L200. It is perfect for building and construction jobs and is built to deal with whatever is asked of it. It is the perfect vehicle for agricultural jobs, heavy cargoes, towing and also makes a great leisure vehicle. If you need a vehicle to take bikes, camping gear or tow a caravan then the L200 is a great choice. With two cab options if you need to combine carrying passengers and a load then this is the vehicle that will get the job done.
The L200 engine is a 2.4 litre diesel engine - MIVEC with 178hp. You may expect it to be a gas guzzler but with the assistance of the lightweight components it can achieve up to 42.8mpg with CO2 emissions of 173g/km.
The 4 models available in the L200 range are as follows
4H (4WD High range)
4HLc (4WD High range with CD locked)
4LLc (4WD Low range with CD locked)
The 2 wheel drive options has a better fuel consumption and provides a quieter ride and the 4 wheel drive options are perfect for tougher terrains ranging from slippery roads to extreme off road conditions.
Load space is 1,470mm square and the maximum payload capacity is 1,050kg. Its towing capability is up to 3,100kg.
A tough vehicle that is used for 'dirtier' jobs needs a tough interior that can withstand the dirt and mess and demands placed upon it and that is exactly what you get with the L200. The cabin is durable yet comfortable and has enough space for even the tallest passengers. The L200 has Cruise Control for the driver who spends large amounts of time on long journeys. There is also a handy LCD screen which advises the driver of fuel economy and the average journey speed. Other features of the vehicle are ABS, Active Stability Control and Traction Control. Rain sensor wipers and dusk sensor head and tail lights are also a handy feature of the L200.