L200 belongs to the line of authentic 4x4s that established the Mitsubishi Motors name in Europe. It is no surprise then that it owes much of its design inspiration to the most stunning of all, the 2002 Pajero Evo 2+2 concept / Pajero Evolution racer.
Typical of Mitsubishi Motors design strategy, this approach already gave birth to New Colt (from the 2001 CZ2 concept), to Grandis (from both the 2001 CZ3 Tarmac and Space Liner concepts) or to "i" (from the 2003 "i" concept), as it will lead to an all-new 2007 C-segment sedan (from the 2005 Concept-Sportback).
Highly acclaimed both at motor shows and in the desert, Pajero Evo remains a powerfully, coherent and honest design statement. As such, it provides the new L200 with a long-lasting and genuine identity, true to its roots and devoid of any design trick.
L200Â´s nearly identical sharp lines, Mitsubishi "Mount Fuji" grille and firm stance remains clearly visible, but adapted to production, regulations and real-life driving conditions. Such is the reason for a more rounded edge of the bonnet in order to provide L200Â´s driver with an unobstructed view of the road. It also contributes to L200Â´s lowest Cd in its segment (0.46 to 0.51 according to versions, vs. 0.58 for the current L200) for lower fuel consumption and lower wind noise level.
With 30% of current L200 owners mentioning design as their first reason for purchase, MMC designers also approached the pickup concept with fresh eyes. Even more than with the outgoing truck, they turned the bed into a bold styling feature, fully integrated in the overall design theme - instead of a mere box - through a dramatic body/bed split line, matching the curved window line.
Whilst L200Â´s dimensions (500 cm x 180 cm for Double Cab) are well suited to a European environment (narrower roads, crowded cities, tight parking), Mitsubishi MotorsÂ´ new truck will prove a comfortable place to sit in for its occupants with for instance, the longest cabin length of the segment (215,3 cm / Double Cab for instance). Consistent with this approach, L200Â´s drivers will appreciate, amongst other:
the 5.9 m class-leading turning circle,
On the move, the new L200 will also add a high level of active safety to the one-tonne pickup equation, with:
Active stability & traction control systems with ABS,
With 100kW / 136 ps @ 4,000 rpm, 314 Nm @ 2,000 rpm and a competitive 13.8kg/ps weight/power ratio it will offer a level of performance right at the heart of the segment.
A dual purpose vehicle by definition, Mitsubishi MotorsÂ´ new L200 does continue the tradition established since the first L200 in 1978, that of a well designed AND tough vehicle for both work and leisure activities, on-road and off-road:
Choice of Single Cab (unique in the segment), Club Cab and Double Cab,