The 2018 Mitsubishi L200 is getting ready a mild update. However, if you want our opinion, the pickup is so good, that we can’t really say how the manufacturer makes it better. Even though it’s not the most popular in its class and it’s not available worldwide, the workhorse is everything you can wish for from this kind of vehicle. However, the 2018 model will likely add a few styling changes here and there and perhaps a few more ponies beneath the hood.
2018 Mitsubishi L200: Changes and Improvements
Aside it’s getting a refreshed exterior styling the bodywork will also host some more important changes. The carmaker will additional stiffen the chassis with more high-strength steels and new bracing. Plus, they improved handling and ride with a retuned front suspension and longer rear leaf springs. The 2018 Mitsubishi L200 will feature better quality seats and more equipment, but the biggest improvement inside of the cabin is actually the sound insulation. Yes, the carmaker made it almost soundless inside, which is really great when we have in mind what’s beneath the hood.
Engine and Fuel Economy
For those that don’t know, the pickup relies on an amazing all-aluminum 2.4-litre MIVEC diesel engine. Except it is made from the lightweight material the oil-burner also features pretty impressive fuel economy and two output configuration. The starting option currently delivers 151 hp with 40.9 mpg, while the topper pumps out 178 bhp and amazing 44.1 mpg.
While we don’t believe the refreshed pickup could boost its efficiency, it’s highly possible to get 5 to 10 additional horses for both options and a slightly better torque. That might have a positive influence to towing capacity, which is currently limited to 3,100 kg. The pickup isn’t some fast-going machine, but it’s not that bad for the diesel. The base model achieves a 12.2-second sprint, which places the pickup somewhere in the middle of the segment. The topping option, however, improves the time to 10.4 seconds, which is really good.
Off-road Features and Price
The base 2018 Mitsubishi L200 will still rely on the Easy Select part-time 4×4 set-up. This way, the driver can employ the locking rear differential manually. The higher trims are getting a far better treatment. The vehicle gets the Super Select active 4×4 system, featuring rear-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive modes for the road drive, as well as a 4×4 mode, which automatically powers the wheels with most grip. Today’s model sports 60:40 torque split, and that’s not going to change in near future.
As you probably know, the pickup is not and is not going to be offered in North America. Still, the refreshed version of the 2018 Mitsubishi L200 will hit the showrooms early next year. The price will stay almost unchanged.