It’s been years in the making but Mitsubishi’s all-new L200 pick-up is here at Grenson Motor Company in Crewe, having picked up a top award en route – and it’s going to be well worth the wait.
The L200 Series 5 received its European premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in February this year and drew widespread praise with its much larger loading area, more muscular bodywork and safety improvements such as Trailer Assist and seven airbags.
In July, the all-new L200 was named Best Pick-Up 2015 by judges at Auto Express – the UK’s top automobile weekly. It has inherited the DNA of its predecessors and takes the pick-up concept even further.
And it received widespread praise from the motoring press as well last month, at its UK launch held at the MIRA testing ground in Nuneaton.
The L200 Series 5, which has four trims, is an entirely new vehicle from the ground up, with significant improvements in 330 areas. The result is the ultimate vehicle for commercial duty, combined with SUV-like refinement in quality and dynamic performance. In all key areas the new L200 Series 5 is best-in-class. These include fuel efficiency, performance, emissions and manoeuvrability plus combined carrying and towing. It is also the only pick-up that can be driven permanently in two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive on tarmac and off road.
The Series 5 is more fuel-efficient than before, with a combined 42.9mpg, and returns the lowest CO2 figure in its class, emitting just 169g/km. It has a turning radius of 5.9m and can carry and tow a combined 4.1 tonnes, outshining similar vehicles from other manufacturers.
Powered by the new 2.4-litre MIVEC turbo-diesel engine, it is available with 151 bhp or 178 bhp in a five-speed automatic or six-speed manual. And with its leather interior and clean dashboard layout, it’s even been likened to a premium, executive motor more than a pick-up truck.
Neale Suter, Sales Manager at Grenson Motor Company on Middlewich Road, said: ‘Everyone here is incredibly excited about the L200 Series 5. We’re looking forward immensely to its arrival and we know that it won’t disappoint in the slightest. It’ll be as competent climbing up a mountain or navigating a building site as it’ll be comfortable on a motorway or around city streets, and we’re sure it’s going to be even more of a hit than its predecessors were.’
The L200 is the biggest-selling 4×4 pick-up in the UK. Mitsubishi has sold 130,000 here since its launch in 1987 – accounting for 20 per cent of the overall pick-up market – and 1.3 million worldwide.
All new vehicles in the L200 range come with a warranty of five years or 62,500 miles. They are also supplied with a 12-year anti-corrosion perforation warranty and three-year pan-European breakdown cover plus home and accident insurance.
The all-new L200 Series 5 will go on sale in September. Initially available in double cab, prices start from £19,749 for the 4Life, £20,749 for the Titan, £23,049 for the Warrior and £23,799 for the top-of-the-range Barbarian. The prices quoted are the commercial vehicle list prices.