Fifth-gen­er­a­tion work­horse

Jamaica Gleaner - - AUTO MOTIVES - Ryan Blake Con­trib­u­tor

THE 2016 Mit­subishi L200 Sportero rep­re­sents an evo­lu­tion in de­sign from its pre­de­ces­sor. The lines have been re­fined to pro­duce an ath­letic ex­te­rior en­hanced by an over­sized chrome grill and ac­cents. The in­te­rior re­ceives re­fine­ment and, sur­pris­ingly, comes stan­dard with a pre­mium touch-screen ra­dio, push-to-start tech­nol­ogy, as well as pad­dle shifters, which are use­ful for quick over­tak­ing.

The cabin of the Sportero is laid out sen­si­bly and uses a lot of soft-touch ma­te­ri­als, as well as two-tone ac­cents to pro­vide a pre­mium ex­pe­ri­ence. The seat­ing po­si­tion has been im­proved since the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion. Trav­el­ling in the Sportero on rough ter­rain, vi­bra­tion and move­ments are not trans­mit­ted into the cabin, pro­vid­ing a com­fort­able ride along the Yal­lahs River Bed.

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Pow­er­ing the L200 Sportero is a 2400cc di­rect in­jected diesel com­mon-rail en­gine pro­duc­ing just about 178 horse­power, mated to a five-speed CVT trans­mis­sion. The trans­mis­sion has been up­graded to cope with an in­creased torque out­put and for sharper shifts, while also im­prov­ing fuel econ­omy. What this van lacks in agility it makes up in tow­ing ca­pac­ity. This new model is also sig­nif­i­cantly qui­eter and more re­fined than the out­go­ing model. Even idle, much of the diesel chat­ter is muted. The re­vised sus­pen­sion smooths out bumpy roads and pro­vides a com­fort­able ride when pave­ment has dis­ap­peared.

Mit­subishi’s renowned Su­perS­elect 4WD sys­tem is also a stan­dard op­tion on the L200 Sportero. Elec­tron­i­cally

con­trolled, it makes shift­ing out of 2WD to 4WD and 4WD Lock has­sle free. The on­board com­puter ad­vises you when the trans­fer case has com­pleted its work.

Tech­ni­cal Data:

Model Tested: 2016 Mit­subishi L200 Sportero 2400cc 4 cylin­der Turbo Diesel Out­put: 178BHP Fuel Con­sump­tion: 7.6L/100KM Key Features: LCD Touch­screen; Blue­tooth Ra­dio; Multi-func­tion In­stru­ment Dis­play pro­vides vi­su­al­i­sa­tion of ve­hi­cle in­for­ma­tion. Pad­dle Shifters Push-to-start tech­nol­ogy, Key­less En­try/Exit Key Fob Price as Tested: $5.225M Com­peti­tors: Nis­san Fron­tier, VW Amarok, Ford Ranger, Mazda BT-50 Ve­hi­cle Pro­vided by: Ste­wart’s Auto Sales, 876928 5041 Email your feed­back to au­to­drive­g­leaner@gmail.com

The 2016 Mit­subishi L200 Sportero

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