Test Mitsubishi L200 300 DI-D, leisure and work are not contradictory

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The Mitsubishi L200 300 DI-D only comes with double cab

Has fallen into our hands Mitsubishi L200, one of the models most important in the history of the japanese brand. Mitsubishi has a long experience in pickups as it takes nothing less than four decades of manufacturing this type of vehicles and in total has sold more than four million units in all the world.

The role of the fifth generation of the L200 remains in evidence to know that it is a vehicle that marketed in more than 150 countries -in some with the name Mitsubishi Triton – and plays, therefore, a fundamental role in the commercial strategy of the brand. As was the case with the previous model, the new L200 is manufactured in the plant of thai Laem Chabang.

In our country, the Mitsubishi L200 is available with two types of body: Club Cab (extended cab) and Double Cab (crew cab). Also there are two mechanical options, both diesel with aluminium block: on the one hand is the 250 DI-D of 154 HP and in the top of the range 300 DI-D of 181 HP.

Very well equipped

In our testing we have enjoyed the propellant more powerful, which is associated exclusively to an automatic change and the finish Kaiteki, the most complete. Without doubt the whole is thought to an approach that is more recreational than work and that is appreciated in a equipment that has little to envy to that of any SUV in the middle.

the overall design of The L200 is rather discreet, leaving aside the general tendency to provide an image more convincing as it happens in a number of its direct competitors such as the Nissan NP300 Navara, the Toyota Hilux, the Ford Ranger or Volkswagen Amarok. Mitsubishi wants to stand out for a unique personality and original where there is space for a look that is elegant and dynamic.

once inside we found out that the cabin has nothing to do with the spartans pickups of yesteryear. Its overall quality is to the height of many SUV of medium size and, in fact, some components are the same as those that are present at the ASX and the Outlander. Despite the improvement, some parts are still a little refined, as the material of the lower part of the dashboard or the controls for adjusting the mirrors.

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The pickup of japan is 5.2 metres in length

it Is clear that the japanese brand has given priority to the robustness and durability of the materials, aware of the rough treatment to which it will be subjected to the L200. The function before the form. The solidity of construction is beyond all doubt, and it is noted, for example, in details such as the useful handles on the inside of the pillar To that do not vibrate nor a millimeter although trotemos by roads very bumpy. Nor do you hear squeaks or noises between the different components.

note that abundant standard equipment of this japanese model. Even in versions designed to work, we found an equipment rudimentary. Are standard on all versions and elements such as front airbags, side curtain and knee for the driver, cruise control and speed limiter, the startup wizard the uphill (HSA), electric windows, radio CD, side steps or the differential lock, and rear.

The multimedia system finish Kaiteki has a touch screen of seven inches and includes a handy navigation system, hands-free bluetooth connection and digital radio. Its functions are quite comprehensive, but there are details of functionality improvement as some icons size too small or if the rays of the sun hit directly on it not seen properly.

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Many elements of the L200 are common to the range SUV from Mitsubishi

In general, the interior atmosphere is cozy, and some elements are common to other cars of Mitsubishi, as it is the case of the central console. The high ground clearance is 205 mm so that the access threshold is very high to the chagrin of people of small stature or with mobility difficulties. The side steps are very useful in these cases.

The driving position is very high so that we can master our environment without problems. The steering wheel is adjustable in height and depth, and is lined with leather, like the knob of the shift lever. The covering is also leather and the front seats don’t hold a lot of the body in the curves but they have regulations to electric and are heated.

In terms of habitability is that to say that the space is adapting both in front and behind. It is worth looking in the rear row, where we did not find a back support too vertical as in other pick-ups but a few seats are comfortable, especially for the two passengers of the ends. The central plaza is more uncomfortable and also lose leg room for the tunnel of transmission.

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In the box there is a lack of hooks and guides subject

In the rear case can be loaded up to a ton and has a 1.52 meters long and 1,47 meters wide. The volume is generous even if you are missing a system of guides which attach comfortably to the load, an element that they do have some models of the competition.

With an air of SUV

The diesel engine of 2.4 liters and direct injection develops 181 CV at 3,500 rpm and moves with joy to this pick-up in all circumstances. Emits a rough sound and gets noticed in the interior without getting to be annoying. The maximum torque is 430 Nm and is delivered at 2,500 rpm, although to a regime less not to notice him lacking in strength.

automatic transmission INVECS-II has five gears and their operation is correct. Make the changes fast enough and the transitions between up are soft so that gives us good comfort that is always appreciated. You can select the gear engaged sequentially through the lever or a practical maximum power behind the wheel.

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The automatic change allows for handling sequential

With the L200 there are no limits. The drive system Super Select 4WD L200 300 DI-D is the same that leads the off-road Mitsubishi Montero, which is a guarantee of effectiveness offroad. It has four modes: rear-wheel drive (2H), traction 4×4 permanent (4H), 4×4 drive system with locking center differential (4HLc) and 4×4 drive system with locking center differential and low (4LLc).

The system Super Select 4WD is more interesting than the Easy Select 4WD variant with 250 engine DI-D mainly because we can circulate it with the all-wheel-drive connected all the time, even on the road. In this way we have a plus of safety traveling on wet asphalt, for example.

During the days that he was with me I had a chance to test the pick-up japanese on rocky areas, sandy, and even some mud. In this last field is where I found more difficulty even though the limits were imposed the Bridgestone Dueler HT’s that wore this unit. When the thing is complicated, it sufficed to press the button of electronic locking rear differential and ready.

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The rotary control changes the traction type of a simple way

The suspension of the L200 300 DI-D is comfortable and after driving it on roads and tracks very irregular, I can say that well absorbs the bumps. Back takes the classic settings rear suspension live axle with leaf springs. There is a car agile due to his size but his body does not move too much in bends and the steering has a touch successful so it is nice to drive at all times.

in Addition, the visibility in all directions is very reasonable and helps maneuver this Mitsubishi with the utmost ease to its enormous size. So much so that sometimes I forgot who was on board of one of the larger cars in the market with their 5.2 metres in length. Of course, the rear camera is the best ally for these purposes.

Taking into account the size, weight and power of the vehicle the fuel consumption of 8.5 l/100 km is very reasonable. This figure is the one that we have picked up doing a quiet driving, mainly by road, with some incursions in urban and offroad. The pickup of the Mitsubishi lacks a system of start and stop automatic -only available with a manual change – so that in driving in the city the consumption is affected and more than 10 l/100 km

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Conclusions

The most powerful version of the Mitsubishi L200 are designed both for professional use as recreational. has Little to do with that first generation of the L200 that was no more than a hosca work tool. Yes you can resultar a good option for people with an active lifestyle, those adventurers who like to get lost far from the city and asphalt.

But eye, although it has improved its equipment and has elements shared with an SUV is not an SUV. Is a vehicle that’s tough and comfortable in equal parts. Forget about a use urbanite common with this japanese, with its dimensions it will be easier to park on top of other cars that find a parking space big enough.

The Mitsubishi L200 300 DI-D costs 36.395 euros, a price somewhat above the average if we take into account the alternatives. For that price it comes very complete series, with everything that we need and more, but for those who want a more personalized unit has an interesting catalog of accessories with trims, chrome bars, hard tops and protectors lower, between other elements.