The new 2020 Mitsubishi L200 is coming. According to the first images, the new design is stunning. Well, we will have to wait a bit more before we see the official premiere. Even more, time is needed until the truck enters the production. Late in 2018 first teaser images leaked. Mitsubishi owners promised tons of changes. Well, the prototype shows there will definitely be some significant modifications and eye-catching solutions. However, we can’t spot all details, and the production model will definitely change many thins the concept vehicle is showing.
The 2020 Mitsubishi L200 will also be available as Mitsubishi Triton. Also, in some markets it will be called Strada, Magnum, or Strakar. Every ten years approximately, the company launches the new generation of its longest-serving pickup truck. Since the current version dates from 2015, we will see a mid-cycle refresh. However, the look of the pickup on teaser images is making everyone wonder if this time the new generation could come earlier. We will have to wait for the Japanese company to release the statement.
2020 Mitsubishi L200 US Release Date
Well, some rumors mentioning Mitsubishi’s comeback to the US. L200, or Triton, is very successful in most markets where it appears. However, the adventure in the US is a tough task. The truck will need probably complete overhaul, visual and mechanical. The value of this project will be too expensive. On the other hand, a truck market in the USA is generating the most profit. Bosses in the company need to make a decision about this move. We will see if rumors are coming true. Outlander SUV is pretty successful, and it can make the way for the 2020 Mitsubishi L200 pickup truck.
2020 Mitsubishi L200 Specs
In its fifth generation, the truck is using a petrol engine and a pair of diesel units. Most markets will see the 2020 Mitsubishi L200 / Triton / Strakar / Magnum with a 2.4-l turbodiesel powertrain. A four-cylinder mill is creating 180 hp and 310 pound-feet of torque. This is enough for 3,100 kg (6,850 pounds) of towing capacity. Well, these numbers can go up with a new transmission. Mitsubishi is going to install a six-speed automatic gearbox as the standard offer in most markets. It replaces a five-speed manual box available in Malaysia and South Africa. However, we expected to see a new eight-pace transmission. Rumors are pretty confident it is not going to be in offers for the L200 in 2020 season. Well, besides the smooth shifting and fuel economy savings, a six-speed case box will be very quiet as well.
If you are looking for more options, the third generation of the 2.5-liter Mitsubishi Astron engine can be a solution. However, it returns similar power and torque outputs. The 2020 Mitsubishi L200 can produce 180 hp with it, while the twist depends on a transmission. With the manual gearbox, the truck can count on 295 lb-ft, while the auto transmission drops these numbers to 260 pound-feet.
The only gasoline engine for the 2020 Mitsubishi L200 will be a 2.4-liter inline-four. Depending on a setup, it can provide 140 horsepower and 160 lb-ft of torque. Not all markets are getting this drivetrain, though. A six-speed automatic and five-speed manual transmissions are options, as well as 4×2 and 4×4 drive. Towing capacity is not as generous as with diesel models.
Plug-In Hybrid Truck
If the 2020 Mitsubishi L200 follows the steps of its SUV cousin, we could see it with a plug-in hybrid system. Outlander PHEV is combining a 2.0-liter petrol engine with two AC batteries. This plug-in hybrid system is good for 120 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque. That is a poor output, but when you are a first and only model in this segment, you are the most powerful at the same time. Still, truckers are not going to take L200 PHEV too seriously. But, this model could move other companies to start producing their own vehicles with greener drivetrains.
The fuel economy for the Outlander PHEV is 75 MPGe. A truck will be heavier, but improvements and larger electric motors could provide more energy. Also, plug-in hybrids in other segments offer more than 30 miles of range by driving only with electric power. Mitsubishi’s SUV can go 22 miles by using only its AC system. A jump to at least 30 miles will be the priority for engineers.
The 2020 Mitsubishi L200 will face different competitors, depending on which part of the world it appears. In Australia, Nissan Navara and Ford Ranger are the best-selling pickup trucks. Toyota Hilux is also one of the leaders here, but buyers will pick between it and L200 / Triton in many other markets. In Europe, VW Amarok and Fiat Fullback are tough opponents.
Can 2020 Mitsubishi L200 Appear in the US?
The company needs to work a lot on this model to make it available for US buyers. The truck needs to meet efficiency and emission requirements by the EPA. Current engine lineup is not even close. Diesel drivetrains have no chance, even with massive tuning. On the other hand, a mill form Outlander GT SUV could be the solution. A V6 already meets all conditions, so the 2020 Mitsubishi L200 could take advantage of it.
However, there are many other obstacles for the pickup. One of the major concerns is sales. The mid-size segment is growing. Also, there are more famous and proven models, such as Chevy Colorado, Toyota Tacoma, recently revived Ford Ranger, and all-new Jeep Gladiator. So, the chances of the 2020 Mitsubishi L200 would be very, very tiny. The Japanese truckmakers will rather focus on other markets.
2020 Mitsubishi L200 Release Date
The new L200 will arrive early in 2020. The company will probably launch it in markets where buyers know it as Triton. However, that is the same truck, so it is just a matter of time when the 2020 Mitsubishi L200 is going to be launched in other markets. We can’t wait to see if PHEV version is coming next year. It could be a ticket for the US market for the entire lineup.