Mitsubishi has showcased the new L200 pick-up, which will go on sale in the UK next summer.
The L200 has been in production for 40 years and the latest version has been designed to have global appeal.
It features new styling, an enhanced all-wheel-drive system and the latest active safety and driver assistance systems.
Mitsubishi says the new model features significant refinements to the durability and reliability required by the commercial user and to the comfort and ride quality sought by the private user.
The front of the vehicle incorporates the new-generation “Dynamic Shield” front design concept. A higher bonnet line and beefier-looking lamps located higher up give the new model a more powerful and imposing front end.
Inside, the restyled cabin provides a modern and robust feeling with frame surroundings for the switch panel and air outlets. A high quality look is created by soft pad materials and stitching on the floor console, armrests and parking brake.
New Mitsubishi L200 4WD models are fitted with either Super-Select 4WD, which delivers optimum traction and handling characteristics for any given surface, or Easy-Select 4WD, which simplifies switching between drive modes for different road surfaces. With the addition of new drive modes, both 4WD systems deliver improved off-road performance.
Both Super-Select and Easy-Select 4WD systems use a new Off-road Mode which has Gravel, Mud/Snow, Sand and Rock (in 4LLc only) settings. When engaged, Off-road Mode integrally controls engine power, transmission and braking to regulate the amount of wheel slip and thereby maximize all-terrain performance and self-extraction performance in mud or snow. Hill Descent Control electronically controls the speed to allow the driver to negotiate steep or slippery descents more safely and with more assurance.
“The new Mitsubishi L200 is one of our most important global strategic models. 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,” said Mitsubishi Motors CEO Osamu Masuko.
European specifications and prices will be announced closer to market launch, which will be at the end of the summer 2019.