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Teasers and spy photos for the new Mitsubishi Motors pickup truck have not been in shortage as of yet, and it seems we won’t have to wait much longer to see the new truck. The new Mitsubishi Triton, or L200, depending on the region the truck is sold in, will be coming back for the 2019 model year, and this time, it’s a whole new ball game. Although the Mitsubishi pickup truck is still in production and released around the world, it fell off the face of America awhile ago. Now, debuting in early November, a new Mitsubishi Motors pickup truck set to go global will soon be on American shores once again.
For now, we’re thrilled. Mitsubishi Motors is bringing their pickup truck back to the U.S.? That’s great! However, we’ve been burned before. How long did it take for the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to make it to America, after empty promises time and time again? Here’s hoping the new Mitsubishi Triton pickup truck will come to North America, especially since its debut is set around November 9, 2018 – right around the time the São Paulo International Motor Show takes place in Latin America.
With Mitsubishi making a lot of changes and bringing new vehicles to their lineup since the Mitsubishi and Nissan-Renault partnership started, there’s a lot of talk of what’s to come. Mitsubishi is leaning towards crossovers and SUVs these days, and recently they discontinued the all-electric i-Miev. But with the expansion of Mitsubishi Motors across the world and in the auto market, there are some changes we can see happening to the current lineup. Especially with the sharing of components between Mitsubishi and Nissan.
The Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4 are cornerstones for Mitsubishi Motors, known for their high fuel economy and sporty looks. The former comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but both models will most likely have it in the next model-year. For 2019, both models will be re-engineered and have a new powertrain option. Mitsubishi has always had low-power engines though, so we won’t see anything too grand – a 1.1-liter turbocharged engine is the current pick.
While Mitsubishi Motors rolls out new cars, having officially added the Eclipse Cross to their lineup, we eagerly wait on more details. In the meantime, we’ve been digging around the interwebs for interesting tidbits on Mitsubishi technology and design. Not too long ago, we found a Mitsubishi L200 truck turned into a desert warrior by TopGear. Today, we bring forward a Mitsubishi Starion turned into a high performance vehicle.
Believe it or not, Mitsubishi Motors did take a stab at the sports car corner of the auto market a little over 30 years ago. There was the Mitsubishi Lancer and the Mitsubishi Eclipse, now turned into the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross with cool technology, and then there was a hatchback sports car known as the Mitsubishi Starion. Known for several firsts in their history, Mitsubishi produced the first turbocharged performance automobile with electronic fuel injection. The model didn’t last very long however, in production for seven years, and was actually followed by the original Eclipse.
Did you hear the news? Mitsubishi Motors is thinking of bringing trucks back to their lineup. Yeah, they’re pretty focused on their SUVs and crossovers at the moment, but seems they’re looking to expand a bit. There hasn’t been a truck released in the states since 2009 – the Mitsubishi Raider died off after only a few years in the market. However, that doesn’t mean people forgot about Mitsubishi trucks. In fact, the Mitsubishi Triton, also known as the L200, lasted until 1996, and was recently picked up by the guys at Top Gear to turn it into a desert warrior. This is the kind of hype Mitsubishi needs for the reintroduction of trucks to the US market.
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Tom Ford from Top Gear took a new Mitsubishi L200 as the base model (it’s still being built to this day in foreign markets), and is turning it into a bit of a beast. He calls it a Euro spec-runner, or more so a fully specced and thoroughly upgraded production vehicle used to ‘pre-run’ stages of hardcore off-road desert races. These are the vehicles used to check for all the bits in a desert race route that could spell doom, and not just for the vehicle. We’re talking cliffs, boulders, and instant-death detours. So pre-run vehicles need suspension and be able to handle a tough ride.
First, you may ask, “What’s so special about the Mitsubishi L200, and why use that as the base?” Well, aside from one of the longest running trucks, it’s got some good things going for it for off-road runs. Under the hood is a 2.4-liter I4 turbodiesel engine mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. It’s horsepower isn’t very fancy, coming in at 180 horsepower, but it has 317 lb-ft of torque, which is a good start for going off-road. The suspension and “Super Select 4WD II” selectable drive control for AWD make it a great vehicle for rear-wheel drive high range (high fuel efficiency), four wheel-drive high (great for slippery terrain), high range with a locked center differential (good for snow and mud), and a low range locked differential (rock crawling). So, it’s pretty solid in all.