The top dog of pick-ups

Mit­subishi’s work­horse L200 pick-up has been a global hit for years. This fifth-gen model boasts a host of im­por­tant im­prove­ments. re­ports.

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At the turn of the cen­tury Mit­subishi clev­erly rode the wave that was the trend for ‘lifestyle’ pick-ups. No longer util­i­tar­ian work­horses, they be­came lifestyle ve­hi­cles for fam­i­lies and some – L200 in­cluded – were re­fined enough to be used ev­ery day. This all-new L200 builds on the multi-use an­gle while also de­liv­er­ing im­por­tant up­dates to main­tain the pickup’s sta­tus as top dog. Base model 4Life aside, the first thing you no­tice is the L200’s added bling fac­tor. Its new stream­lined look is com­ple­mented by a con­sid­er­able amount of chrome, which does much

Iain to pro­mote the ve­hi­cle’s in­creas­ingly im­por­tant lifestyle sta­tus. The L200 hasn’t gone soft though and re­mains a se­ri­ously tough and ca­pa­ble tool out in the field. The L200, in dou­ble cab guise, is un­usual in of­fer­ing a good amount of room for rear seat oc­cu­pants. This, cou­pled with the over­all car-like am­bi­ence, use of high grade ma­te­ri­als and mod­er­ate noise lev­els when on the move, make for a driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that’s likely to be low on the fa­tigue scale. Fur­ther­more, in reg­u­lar pick-up mode ac­cess to the load bed is straight­for­ward, tow­ing ca­pac­ity is gen­er­ous and don’t for­get the ve­hi­cle’s flex­i­ble all­wheel drive sys­tem. Chas­sis, sus­pen­sion and steer­ing changes en­sure that the L200 re­mains a step ahead of its ri­vals and is pos­si­bly the most car-like to drive of the cur­rent batch of pick-ups. Its mod­est turn­ing cir­cle should help when in town, and there’s no short­age of room in­side the car-like cabin – even for those in the back of the pop­u­lar dou­ble cab vari­ant. Fac­tor in more ad­vanced diesel en­gines and the L200 is a re­fined beast. All bar the en­try-level model gain a Torsen cen­tre dif­fer­en­tial, which en­hances the ve­hi­cle’s flex­i­bil­ity. The re­sult is a pick-up with se­ri­ous off-road­ing cre­den­tials and the abil­ity to also make light work of mo­tor­way miles. Mit­subishi is keen to stress that this L200 is as much a value cham­pion as it is a work­ing tool. The re­fined cabin of­fers all the usual car­related mod-cons, while the diesel en­gines boast en­hanced green cre­den­tials. The L200’s dual use sta­tus also means you could even run one as the sole fam­ily ve­hi­cle.

ONE WORD This car summed up in just a sin­gle word: Price: £23,049 ex VAT En­gine: 2.4-litre diesel unit pro­duc­ing 178bhp Trans­mis­sion: six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion driv­ing all four wheels Per­for­mance: Top speed 109mph, 0-62mph in 11.8 sec­onds Econ­omy: 42.8mpg com­bined Emis­sions: 173g/km of CO2

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