The 2021 Mitsubishi L200 will bring some significant changes to the market when it hits the new generation. The company is planning the plug-in hybrid version. Currently, they are testing hauling and towing capabilities. Well, this is something new for the truck market, since no other pickup is offering such configuration. Of course, the L200 will also come with standard petrol and diesel powerplants. In some markets, you will find it called Triton.
Mitsubishi and Nissan’s partnership should boost the sales of its vehicles. However, the main area of cooperation is in the development of hybrid units. Mitsubishi is selling Outlander in the US, and it already offers a PHEV system. When the truck gets this configuration, we can see it in the biggest market. But, the chiefs were not precise. We believe the hybrid system is going to be based on a petrol engine, but it is not impossible to see 2021 Mitsubishi L200 PHEV using a diesel mill.
2021 Mitsubishi L200 Hybrid vs Nissan Navara
According to rumors, the new L200 will try to take over the primacy from its close sibling, Nissan Navara. Well, it is not easy to do, since Frontier’s non-US sibling is the best-selling model in the world. It is available in all continents, and the 2021 Mitsubishi L200 won’t have an easy task, although it is using many similar features.
Well, if Mitsubishi launches a hybrid truck, then Navara won’t be too late after its sibling. Nissan is planning a huge raid with many hybrid, PHEV, and all-electric models, and Navara/Frontier could be one of the most interesting units on the market.
The company announced that they are working on the hybrid. But, no other plans and details are available. We don’t know which engines will be base on the new configuration and what Mitsubishi is trying to achieve. Currently, the tests are running to show if the PHEV system can provide enough potential for hauling. The L200 is a working machine and the fuel economy is not the priority when buyers are choosing these vehicles.
Anyway, the 2021 Mitsubishi L200 will come with the standard lineup of engines. Diesel units are way more popular wherever you find this pickup. Usually, it is a 2.5-liter powerplant capable to produce 130 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. There are also lighter configurations with 110 hp and 150 lb-ft of twist. A petrol unit is a 2.4 displacement and it puts out 135 ponies and 140 pound-feet.
2021 Mitsubishi L200 New Generation Release Date (Maybe Even in the USA)
The truck is relatively young, but the evolution of drivetrains is requiring more frequent updates. That is why we will see the new generation of L200 after only six years. Meanwhile, hybrid trucks became a priority for most companies and Mitsubishi created a strong alliance with Nissan.
However, the big announcements don’t mean we will see it in 2021. Even the bigger companies are yet to launch a hybrid truck. Ford also made it clear that this vehicle is one of the priorities. But, it is not easy to keep towing capacity and hauling potential, and cutting the consumption at the same time.