Mitsubishi will update its flagship L200 next year. Still distributed in France, its current generation, which is only available with diesel, is on borrowed time. The next one could benefit from a hybrid engine to live in Europe.
For Mitsubishi, 2023 will be the year of rebirth. In 2020, the Japanese brand entered a period of doubt, and announced its imminent departure from the European continent. Since then, things have changed, but the future is still unclear. Mitsubishi finally remains in Europe, with great support from its partners Nissan and especially Renault, who must help the rebirth. The current range is very thin, and the best-selling Outlander is not part of the catalogue. The only one the Space Star city car, the Eclipse Cross SUV, and the L200 pick-up. The old Pajero, Carisma and Lancer are no more. Next year the manufacturer must market two Renault clone models: Colt (restored Clio V) and ASX (Restored Captur). Offensive new product hopes to overcome poor 2021 sales: 3,430 registrations only (the figures for 2022 are not yet final).
New at Mitsubishi in 2023
If the Colt replaces the Astro, the ASX will position itself above the city car, and just below the Eclipse Cross. But in the range of services? The L200 (Triton by its international name) is on loan. Its current generation started in 2015, and had gone through a major overhaul in 2019. It was only available in the last few months than in diesel, 2.2 D-iD of 150 horsepower. He owed his salvation in France to a profit tax on four-seater utility vehicles. The ecological penalty does not apply to such a configuration, one or two cabinets together. After seven years of work, it will be removed from the catalog in 2023, and the next generation is already on road tests. Here’s what we already know.
Salvation thanks to the hybrid?
For the sake of a new version of his famous takeMitsubishi is still going strong to benefit from the support of the Union, on the Nissan side this time. The current generation had gone it alone on the technical side, the L200 platform being different from the Navara and its Renault Alaskan and Mercedes X-Class clones. The new generation should common base with the new generation Nissan Navarawhich may contain a hybrid engine (full or rechargeable). If this is indeed the case, The L200 may have a future in Europe, and they continue to be distributed in France. Oil engines will be maintained, but it is difficult to imagine how these can be approved by us.
Since 1970 and its first generation, The L200 is an important model for Mitsubishi. Currently assembled in Thailand and Brazil, it is distributed in many emerging markets. So his new generation is expected at that time, though for us the time between now and the new will be long. The arrival of the hybrid engine could facilitate its distribution in Europe, allowing – who knows – Renault to develop a second generation Alaskan for developing countries?