Mitsubishi has revealed a revised version of its L200 one-tonne pick-up just three years into the model’s lifecycle.
The L200 celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and is set to go on sale in Thailand – where it is built – and other Asian markets before heading to the UK next summer.
Visually, the new L200 differs from the outgoing model with beefier-looking front lights and extended wheel flanges in order to give it a more powerful and imposing look while the interior has had a minor update incorporating frame surroundings for the switches.
In addition, two four-wheel drive options fitted to the L200; Super-Select 4WD is designed to delivers optimum traction and handling characteristics for any surface while Easy-Select 4WD is said to simplify switching between drive modes for different road surfaces.
The one-tonne pick-up also features a number of driver assistance tools including forward collision detection, blind spot warning and rear-cross traffic alert, although UK specifications and pricing details have not been confirmed yet.
Mitsubishi Motors CEO Osamu Masuko said: “The new Mitsubishi L200 is one of our most important global strategic models. Its success will accelerate the momentum of the company’s sustainable growth. The new model brings enhancements to the durability, reliability and comfort developed over the 40 years since the introduction of the series.”
The UK pick-up market has grown in popularity in recent years as pick-ups are increasingly being seen as alternatives to large SUVs rather than simply being a workman’s tool. This is – in part – thanks a raft of new launches in last couple of months, including new entrants to the market, such as the Mercedes-Benz X-Class.
According to SMMT data, pick-up registrations have grown by 4.5% in the first 10 months of 2018 compared with the same period in 2017. This bucks trends; year to date, registrations of all commercial vehicles weighing 3.5 tonnes or less are down by 1.6%, SMMT figures show.