The Japanese automaker has graced the 2017 Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, UK, with its new Special Vehicle Projects division – and the first offspring is the limited series L200 Barbarian SVP.

The model will be on sale on the Island nation as a tribute to the one-off Mitsubishi L200 Desert Warrior, but this time with a more generous production calendar – 250 examples will be manufactured. With a local price of £37,174.80, the special L200 Barbarian SVP is kicking off the existence of the newly minted Special Vehicle Projects unit in style – though it’s another case of all show with no go. The car changes are only on the design level – buyers get a raft of custom features, including new 17 inch wheels, wheel arch extensions, a new grille and a black finish on the lights. This is only the first in a slew of SVP alterations, with reports adding that at first the changes will be purely cosmetic and technical enhancements might come for the longer-run projects.

With the styling in check for the L200 Barbarian SVP, the pickup truck makes use of the same 2.4-litre turbo diesel engine good for 178 bhp and 317lb ft. of torque. There are no details about the next project coming from the newly minted SVP division, but the rumor mill is betting on the Shogun – the United Kingdom is, unlike the rest of Europe, still getting the very old, very obsolete Pajero.

Mitsubishi introduces its own SVP division with L200 Barbarian 1


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