The Mitsubishi L200, also called the Triton, is a compact pick-up truck manufactured by the Japanese automaker in the year 1978. Mitsubishi Motors is a multi-national company based in Minato, Tokyo, Japan and was founded in 1899 originally as a shipbuilding company. Mitsubishi Motors built their first car in 1917, but didn’t really get into automobile manufacturing until after World War II.
The L200 was originally the Mitsubishi Forte from 1978 to 1986 and were sold in the US by Chrysler as the Plymouth Arrow and the Dodge Ram 50. After 1986 the truck became the L200 in export markets, but not in Japan.
The first generation of trucks saw four wheel drive, while some models came with a turbo diesel engine. The second generation in 1987 was introduced with a variety of truck bed lengths and a variation with a crew cab. Third generation L200s, from 1996 to 2004, saw more changes to the body and the powertrain.
The current generation of the L200 is built exclusively by a Mitsubishi Motors subsidiary in Thailand. It has seen some changes to the engine and the body, as well as other features. It has a crew cab, roll bars, and a rounded front end to make it more aerodynamic. The L200 is exported to over 140 different markets worldwide.
The list price for a new L200 can range anywhere from $27,000.00 to $56,000.00 US dollars, depending on the model and added features. A pre-owned truck will be lower based on model year, mileage, and running condition.
There are a variety of engines in the L200, depending on the model. They are a 3.2 L 4M41 turbodiesel, 2.5L 4D56, 2.5L 4D56 turbodiesel, 2.4L 4G64 Inline-4, and 3.5L 6G74 V6.
Standard transmissions include a four-speed automatic, a five-speed manual, and a five-speed automatic.
Size and Space Options
The L200 is available in a two passenger single cab, a four passenger two-door club cab, and a four passenger four-door double cab. There is plenty of head and leg room for all passengers.
Control Panel and Display
Instrumentation is well-designed and driver-friendly with an odometer, tachometer, speedometer, and fuel gauge, trip computer, Bluetooth, and stereo system.
The L200 has generous seating, air conditioning, and fabric seats.
The truck is available in all major markets– both new and pre-owned.
Standard security on the L200 includes an anti-theft alarm system, immobilizer, keyless entry, and a steering lock.
Standard safety features that come pre-loaded in the car include three-point seatbelts with pre-tensioners, head restraints, side impact door bars, front airbags, collapsible steering wheel, anti-lock brakes, stability control, traction control, and a Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution safety system.
Interior features of the car include Bluetooth connectivity, USB and auxiliary inputs, two-speaker stereo with CD player and MP3 compatibility, power steering, power windows, headlight level adjustment control, and adjustable tilting steering wheel.
Exterior features include 16-inch steel wheels, front and rear fog lamps, ladder rack, halogen headlights, four wheel drive, and high-mounted brake light.
Available accessories include floor mats, cup holders, inside mounted hooks, and a driver’s footrest.
The L200 is a superb truck that has been built with quality materials. It is a sturdy vehicle, all in all.
The L200 is a practical truck that can carry a large load, is tough, and reliable.
The truck offers quite a bit in terms of affordable pricing. It will also save you some money at the gas pump.
The Mitsubishi L200 is a reliable and sturdy compact truck that gets the job done. It has good handling and offers a smooth ride. Although the suspension is designed for carrying loads, so there may be some bounce with an empty bed.