Geneva, 5 March 2015: After 9 years (and 1,300,000 units produced), the current Mitsubishi L200 pickup truck is about to bow out, with the European premiere at the 85th International Geneva Motor Show of an all-new successor – more a new generation of one-ton pickup trucks than a mere iteration.
The 5th series L200 has been 100% developed by MMC over 28 months as the latest expression of the Sport Utility Truck concept, introduced in 2005 by the previous L200, to further meet the ever-diversifying needs of global pickup truck customers for even more style, comfort, drivability, features and durability.
Crafted from powerful, taut and muscular surfaces and with an edgy character line, the all-new L200‘s sporty styling oozes a dynamism that evokes the form of a well-honed athlete. It retains the distinctive “J line” separating the cab and cargo bed, giving visual appeal to the spaciousness of the cab while elegantly fusing it with the cargo bed in a manner which enhances its high-quality feel.
Beyond, this all-new L200 was also engineered for the lowest possible environmental impact – in this case, a drop of CO2 emissions from 199 g/km minimum* for the outgoing L200 down to 169 g/km minimum for the new L200 (vs. 180 to 265 g/km for competition).
In this sensitive area, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation takes a broader view considering its corporate responsibility of which L200 is a very good example of this sustainable engineering approach: what matters most to MMC is the ability to offer vehicles with a low environmental impact to its customers, regardless of the segment, the category or the possible tax benefits.
The powertrain uses MMC’s 4N15 turbocharged 2.4-liter MIVEC diesel engine which complies with stringent European environmental regulations and is fitted with MMC’s Auto Stop & Go idling stop system. On the move, CO2 emissions are kept to just 169 g/km (6-speed manual transmission models) giving it environmental performance among the best in its class. The engine also uses a variable geometry turbocharger, which allows the effective aspect ratio of the turbine to the altered as conditions change, to generate gutsy torque right from low-end engine speeds and deliver smooth acceleration and virtually lag-free response all the way up to high rpm. This engine gives the L200powerful and stress-free performance even when carrying a full load of cargo. Two transmissions are offered: a new 6-speed manual and MMC’s 5-speed with Sport Mode and paddle shifting.
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation consider it is its corporate responsibility to offer a range of vehicles with the lowest possible impact on the environment, whatever the segment or the vehicle. Hence the pioneering development of electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) vehicles. Hence considerable efforts conducted in the areas of aerodynamics and weight saving. Hence the development of an all-new family of MIVEC Diesel engines, of which the new L200 is the latest recipient with the latest “4N15” 2.4 litre variant.