Believe it or not, Mitsubishi is a player in the truck market. Triton is just one of the names of its popular pickup that could appear in the USA as 2020 Mitsubishi L200. Besides this second name, the truck also appears as Strada, Strakar, or Barbarian. Since this is the FCA’s products, you will find a similar design on the Ram 1200 and Fiat Fullback. Some sources believe the new L200 will come to the United States as Dodge Ram Dakota. All in all, the pickup is more popular than you thought, and it is heading into the mid-cycle refresh.
Updated, the 2020 Mitsubishi L200 could face off most of the competing trucks in any market. In Australia, these are Nissan Navara, Isuzu D-Max, Toyota Hilux, VW Amarok. The rivalry is shared in some other countries, but only one name will appear in the USA – Ford Ranger. As L200 or Ram Dakota, the new model must get significant upgrades to think about this. Ford is a dominating force in its homeland, especially when we are talking about the truck market. They sold nearly 1 million F-150 units last year.
Currently, the L200 is using three engines, one of them is petrol. Definitely, there will be upgrades if the truck wants to appear in the USA. The most popular unit is a 2.4-liter diesel drivetrain. The four-cylinder unit is producing 180 hp (135 kW) and 320 pound-feet (430 Nm) of torque. The outputs are not bad, as well as fuel consumption (7 l/100km or 34 mpg combined). However, emissions are very high (185 g/km). A six-speed automatic gearbox is alternative if you don’t want a manual transmission.
Other options include either 2.5-liter diesel or a petrol engine. The first one is not turbocharged like a 2.4-liter unit. So, it downgrades the output to 135 hp. Torque remains at a slightly higher level (325 lb-ft). Fun fact: with this engine, 2020 Mitsubishi L200 will need 15 seconds to accelerate to 60 mph. You will hardly find a petrol engine used by L200’s drivers. However, it is a 2.4-liter unit capable to produce 130 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque through a single 5-speed manual transmission.
2020 Mitsubishi L200 Redesign
The new 2020 Mitsubishi L200 is going to upgrade the last year’s facelift. That will open doors to new markets, and the company aims one particular country. For North America, it is not enough just to change the front fascia. However, teardrop taillights are probably the most notable parts of the exterior. The truck needs a complete overhaul – both in and out. Bed accessories will be under revisit, as well as the cabin features. The L200 can take up to five passengers. Their safety will be a priority, and that is another segment where Mitsubishi has a lot of work to do before they release the next model.
2020 Mitsubishi L200 USA Release Date
FCA will have to act quickly. Ford Ranger is back, and few other companies are stepping into the most expanding market at the moment. Well, this company has already launched Jeep Gladiator, but it is slightly bigger than its rivals. The 2020 Mitsubishi L200 would fit perfectly to the class. We can already say that the price of the truck will be around $21,000 with a four-cylinder engine. However, the US buyers will look for more power, and the V6 unit will bump the price of the mid-size pickup to $25,000.