Depending on where you call home in this big world of ours, the truck you see here could be the L200, Triton, Strada, or even the Ram 1200. This is Mitsubishi’s next-generation midsize pickup, and whatever it’s called, know it’s going to share. all kinds of components with another vehicle, Nissan Navara.
This is only the second time we’ve seen the new Mitsubishi, but it’s the first time we’ve seen a prototype sporting a production-spec body. The truck we saw in January 2022 was a test mule sporting the skins of today’s trucks, though still encased in camo. Now, it’s easy to see a new face that combines the latest design features with a big, bold grille. A close look at the front reveals C-shaped design elements on the sides, similar to the current L200 as well as the Outlander SUV.
The narrow daytime running lights are visible just above the C trim. The main headlights are combined into a C shape, positioned at the top. The big drive lights on the current model are missing; we can see the smaller lens just above the bumper. The biggest change comes in the grille which adopts a mesh design similar to the Nissan Navara. Camouflage hides the Mitsubishi badge in an almost comical way, but hey, that’s the nature of testing new vehicles.
In profile view, the truck retains its familiar shape but we believe the new model will expand a bit. The wheelbase here looks slightly longer, allowing for a slightly larger cabin and bed. We don’t see any radical changes at the rear; the taillights should have a fresh design but the rear is a standard pickup truck with tailgate and step bumper.
No one misses a no-nonsense exhaust with built-in sensors for emission monitoring. Despite the switch to electric power, we expect the next L200 to offer a variety of petrol and diesel engines, depending on the market in which it is sold. That said, plug-in hybrid models with limited electric range are likely at some point as well.
We are still in the early stages, but we know Mitsubishi and Nissan are very close at this point. The next-generation L200 and Navara will likely feature the same bones and use the same technology for the interior. It will be some time before we get to the specific details, as we don’t expect to debut until next year. That could make this a 2023 or 2024 model.