The Mitsubishi L200 2019 update model has officially been previewed by Mitsubishi in a teaser image, but we’ve managed to get hold a picture of the finished article. The new model will be available to order from UK dealerships from around February 2019.
Launched in 2015, the current generation Mitsubishi L200 (Series 5) is already started to look dated because of a flurry of new releases from the likes of Ford, Nissan, Toyota, etc. The update may seem a little premature, but there is evidence that the life cycles of pickups are becoming shorter to around three years (from between four and five years).
Adopting the company’s ‘Dynamic Shield’ design (which it shares with the Eclipse and Shogun Sport), the aesthetic alterations are confined to the radiator grille, headlights and bumper. Mitsubishi says the redesign emphasises the vehicle’s modern and sporty ethos.
Mitsubishi hasn’t confirmed whether the interior will be updated or not, although it has stated that new technology, like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Autonomous Emergency Braking, will be introduced.
Mitsubishi has also stated that the suspension and chassis have been updated, to provide a firmer ride. The current model has been criticised for its ride and handling, especially the amount of body roll generated into the bends.
Mitsubishi L200 2019 engine and driveline
The current 2.4-litre MIVEC engine will remain, although the company hasn’t commented on the power ratings (currently there are two power ratings of 150hp/380Nm and 180hp/430Nm). The 6-speed manual will stay, but it’s expected the 5-speed automatic – which is hesitant and jerky – will be replaced with smoother and more responsive 8-speed Aisin automatic transmission.
Price and availability
The 2019 Mitsubishi L200 pricing isn’t expected to differ much from the current figures, which range from £19,505 to £28,380 plus VAT (see full current price list). Service intervals remain very limited at 1yr/12,500 miles and the warranty of 5 years/62,500 miles.
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