Known for its off-road prowess, Mitsubishi has been eerie silent on the European market after the six-year slump that led to two-decade low deliveries following the latest great economic crisis.
But for the 2015 edition of the Geneva Motor Show the Japanese automaker is back with a bank, revealing the all-new fifth-generation of the L200 pickup truck in European livery. The model was officially revealed to the entire world back in November 2014 in Thailand as the Triton and has reached the crucial European continent to carry on with the predecessors’ tradition. Billed as an all-new Sport Utility Truck, the fifth generation builds n the reputation of the past models that have been selling in Europe for the past nine years – with sales topping 1.3 million vehicles. We’re dealing here with a new, evolving styling that also brings serious aerodynamic contributions – the coefficient now stands at 0.40 Cd, assisting the fuel saving technologies.
Made in Thailand, the L200 will go on sale in Europe this summer in Club Cab and Double Cab body styles. The Japanese have also worked on the interior, now more spacious and quite, and with an improved driving position. The Club Cab version now also has rear doors and we can find inside equipment such as cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear view camera and steering wheel & column adjustments.
Under the hood lies a new 2.4-liter turbodiesel that has two power settings: 154 HP (113 kW) & 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) or 181 HP (133 kW) & 430 Nm (317 lb-ft). There’s a six speed manual gearbox that sends power to the full-time four-wheel drive system with low gear. There are also some assistance and safety systems: Active Stability & Traction Control with Trailer Stability Assist, Hill Start Assist and Lane Departure Warning. The new HID headlamps are now equipped with LED daytime running lights and use bi-xenon projectors.