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Driving report Mitsubishi L2002.5 DI-D 2010: Pickup in the extension

Torsten Seibt
Driving report Mitsubishi L200 2.5 DI-D 2010
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There is a lot to do for Mitsubishi dealers these days. In addition to the brand new compact SUV called ASX , the Japanese have also revised the entire remaining four-wheel drive fleet. The new Pajero Inform as an entry-level model, the revised Outlander , and there was no stopping at the L200 pickup either. Its revision is also characterized by the growing competition. In late summer the new VW Amarok , then it will probably be uncomfortable for the Japanese competitors.

D em new class opponent is countered with more space. The bed of the double cabin has been lengthened by 180 millimeters. You can see and feel that clearly, with a loading length of 1.5 meters, the spacious double cab now has plenty of space for both passengers and cargo.

The new Mitsubishi L200 looks more serious

At the same time, work was done on the optics. The front, which is characterized by strong curves, is now more serious and serious. The front mask with the flush radiator grille and the offset end edge appears less nested than before. The headlights have been converted to clear-glass projection technology, and the fog lights are now flush with the front apron. The proportions appear more harmonious with the less 'chubby' looking loading area in the side view.

The facelift brought new dials and graphics for the instruments and controls to the interior, instead of the earlier blue tones, black /anthracite is now the trend. A new multifunction leather steering wheel, light and rain sensor, additional inputs for the audio system and, last but not least, a new five-stage automatic upgrade the Mitsubishi L200 to a full-fledged off-road vehicle replacement.

The price for the Mitsubishi L200 remains the same

On the 178 hp engine of the top version (Intense double cab), 31,190 euroshas changed just as little as the price: it remains unchanged for all versions. The surcharge for the automatic (only available with the Intense) is 1,800 euros. The price breaker is a simply equipped rear-wheel drive variant, which is available as a single cabin from 18,990 euros, while the slightly better equipped Inform double cab with rear-wheel drive costs 21,990 euros. Entry into the all-wheel drive world starts at 22,490 euros for the single cabin, 23,990 euros for the club cab version and 25,490 euros for the double cabin.

Powerful diesel engine in the top version

The 178 hp version of the 2.5 liter diesel engine is only available in the top version Intense Commitment. It has relatively easy play with the four-door and is powerful. Shifting lazy driving is no problem with the four-cylinder. The noise insulation is a bit better than its predecessor, the engine grumbles discreetly in the background. The driving behavior corresponds to the previous model, compared to which nothing has changed in terms of chassis and steering.


With the longer loading area, the L200 has a double cab added value in use. The exterior length, which has swelled to 5.26 meters with the wheelbase unchanged, is a challenge despite the acceptable turning circle in narrow inner-city traffic. With ESP, permanent all-wheel drive including reduction and the optional five-speed automatic transmission, the L200 holds a unique position on the market. It's a shame that the switchable rear axle lock of the weaker models is not available because of the traction control.


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