As mentioned earlier Mitsubishi is the first manufacturer to fit a stability control system as standard to a pick-up.
Safety and Security
As mentioned earlier Mitsubishi is the first manufacturer to fit a stability control system as standard to a pick-up. (See Ride and Handling ).
The stiffer, stronger ladder-frame chassis of the new Mitsubishi L200 offers excellent crash protection and incorporates a hydro-formed box section and impact-absorbing beads. While these crumple zones absorb the energy of an impact, other, reinforced structures, such as the side impact bars, direct impact energy away from the occupants.
Driver and passenger airbags are standard across the range and a passenger airbag deactivation switch is located in the glovebox, allowing a child seat to be safely installed. Double Cab models also feature ISOFIX child seat mounting points, highlighting the L200's multi-purpose functionality.
Seatbelt pre-tensioners and force limiters protect front seat occupants and the seats have been designed to minimise the risk of whiplash injuries in the event of a rear impact. A dual-stage collapsible steering column and a setback-inhibitive pedal structure further reduce the risk of driver injury.
All three rear passengers in double cab models benefit from full three-point safety belts and the rear part of the roof has been carefully designed to alleviate the risk of occipital (rear head) injury. The Club Cab variant benefits from two three-point safety belts. The power windows, sunroof and retractable rear window all feature an anti-trap function to protect little fingers.
It is a comprehensive specification and Mitsubishi is confident that the L200 will become the first 1-tonne pick-up to achieve a 4-star EURO-NCAP crash test rating.
Comfort and Refinement
The Mitsubishi L200 Double Cab has been designed as a cross over vehicle - during the day it can be used for example by the trades person or farmer and then in the evening/weekends it is a family car capable of carrying five in relevant comfort. Or it can be used as a family car with the addition of being able to carry all of the recreational toys for the weekend or DIY trips. Or it can be used as a business vehicle capable of carrying five people off road with a one tonne payload in the rear with a 2.7 tonne towing capability. Plus there are tax benefits for the self employed and the business user. Total flexibility.
The 4Work model will appeal to customers seeking a no-nonsense business tool. Steel wheels and a simple, functional interior combine to provide a durable, practical workhorse that builds on Mitsubishi's enviable reputation for quality and reliability. The 4Life models share these virtues but add comfort features such as manual air conditioning, power windows, keyless entry and central locking. Aesthetically, side steps and a chrome grille distinguish the club- and double cab 4Life variants.
The Warrior and Barbarian models cater for buyers who enjoy the versatility of a modern pick-up but aren't willing to compromise on comfort, refinement, performance or convenience.
Revisions to the SUV-like interior include a new centre console and centre armrest with new handbrake and A/T shift levers. The multi-function steering wheel now contains audio and cruise control switches and is tilt adjustable, while the driver's seat adjusts for height, ensuring that drivers of all shapes and sizes can find a comfortable position.
Access was easy to both the front and rear, and the standard side steps help those who are infirm or have short legs. Both front and rear legroom was very good and so was the front and rear headroom, so your burly work colleagues will fit.
The Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian model is equipped with - Central door locking, Door mirrors, electrically adjustable, heated and foldable, Double walled load bed and tailgate, Fog lamps, reflector type, front, Headlamps, halogen with clear outer lenses, Ladder rack, colour coded, Rear electric window, heated, Skid plate, front, Wipers, variable intermittent with washer, Rear body inner hooks x 4, Door entry guards, illuminated, leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, Accessory socket, centre console, Air conditioning, climate control, Bluetooth, telephone connection, Floor console box with lid, Front passenger's side under seat tray, Glovebox, lockable and illuminated and Leather Seats with Barbarian Logo.
Mitsubishi L200 Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||13 Seconds|
|Top Speed||109 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||34 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||4 Stars|
|Warranty||1 Year / 12,500 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 29/07/10)||£ 25,978.80|