The fourth generation L200 went on sale in March 2006 and what a very different machine it is compared to the one it replaces. The exterior design alone sets it apart.
It’s all change under the bonnet as well with the introduction of a Euro 4 2.5-litre common rail diesel capable of producing 134hp and developing 313Nm at 2,000rpm. An optional ‘chip’ takes this up to 165hp. And what a difference this engine makes. It’s refined, smooth and has plenty of torque. Suspension is independent at the front with double wishbones, springs and dampers while the rear is taken care of by a live axle, leaf springs and dampers. Steering is power assisted and the brakes are ventilated discs at the front and drums at the rear. ABS is fitted as standard across the range.
Depending on the trim level, the four-wheel drive system is either the basic Easy Shift or Super Select (high spec), but both provide a low range of gears for off-road. The latter includes a centre viscous coupling as well as aTraction Control system.
Three body configurations are on offer — Single, Club and Double Cab. Load lengths are 2,220mm, 1,325mm and 1,805mm respectively. A single handle opens the tailgate for access. Payloads are all in excess of one tonne with the Single Cab offering the most at 1,120kg.
The cab interior is also all-new ad the whole ambience is much more car-like than before. Rear seat passengers in the Double Cab will be pleased with the extra legroom provided. There are five levels of specification to choose from, starting with 4Work and peaking with the all-inclusive Elegance.
Service intervals are set at 12,500 miles and the warranty remains at three years/100,00 miles.
Mitsubishi has done a great job and these new and much more refined pick-ups will find many friends, very quickly.