There’s one vehicle that has proven itself suitable for every environment on earth - apart from the really deep, watery bits - capable of carrying pretty much anything you care to imagine. And despite the best efforts of Australian sheep farmers and various militia groups around the world, appears almost indestructible.
We are, of course, referring to the pick-up truck. Now one of them has conquered what is possibly the most inhospitable terrain on the planet: Scotland. The new Mitsubishi L200 Series 6 has been crowned ‘Pick-up of the Year’ at the Scottish Car of the Year (SCOTY) awards 2019.
Alright, Scotland isn’t quite the same as the Sahara desert. Or the Amazonian rain forest. But it’s still quite rugged by our standards. So for the Mitsubishi L200 to collect yet another award is proof that nearly four decades on from the original L200, Mitsubishi has learned a thing or two about building pick-ups. Useful information if you’re thinking of leasing one.
According to John Murdoch, President of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, the people who decide the winners: “The current model impressed our members with its combination of bold looks and impressive road manners. It also offers customers a choice of club cab or double cab body styles and is very well priced. The L200 is extremely robust and practical but offers a range of equipment that would put some SUVs to shame."
What more could you possibly want? It’s good looking, drives nicely, has a wide range of options, and won’t cost a fortune. It’s also rugged and dependable, brilliant off-road, and nobody can argue a pick-up doesn’t have loads of practical applications from family camping trips to all manner of trades and occupations.
The Mitsubishi L200 Series 6 is also better at being a pick-up than the fifth generation L200.
Better payload, better off-road
The payload is increased to 1,080kg and an upgraded 4WD system with advanced Off Road Mode and Hill Descent Control on many versions, enhances the L200’s already outstanding off-road ability. Under the bonnet, a new Euro 6d compliant 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine, and the choice of a six-speed manual or a new six-speed automatic transmission, helps reduce emissions and improves fuel efficiency. In other words, it’s more cost-effective to run.
Even if you’re never going to take it off-road there’s plenty of other reasons to choose the new L200. Essentially you can get all the comfort, equipment and safety features you would expect to find in a regular car. The front seats have improved side bolstering for comfort, the chunky steering wheel can be heated on top models and there’s new instrumentation as well, including a full colour LCD display vital for the operation of the many new safety features. These include collision mitigation, blind spot warning, and cameras looking out in all directions.
There is lots of storage room for smaller items, including front and rear smartphone trays, as well as new USB ports in the rear on Barbarian models, and if you fancy the new top-of-the-range Barbarian X version you can also get bespoke “six pack” seat upholstery with matching door inserts and arm rests, as well as special door entry-guards, LED mood lighting and LED interior lights.
According to Mitsubishi the new L200 Series 6 has been engineered to be the most capable pickup it has ever produced, introducing car-like driving refinement and state-of-the-art safety systems and offering the perfect solution to motorists looking for the practicality and versatility of a pick-up without compromising on comfort, driving pleasure or running costs.
Obviously Mitsubishi would say that, but you don’t have to take their word for it. There’s a bunch of Scottish motoring journalists agree with every word, and they aren’t the only ones.
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