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Updated Mitsubishi L200: all changes for Russia

In a former life Mitsubishi L200 was egg-shaped car from the bygone era of biodesign, now sparkle with new colors. Sorry, some “European” options before us are not able to take. But this did not prevent L200 to stay an all-terrain vehicle, because the main advantage of the updated pickup is an advanced all-wheel drive transmission Super Select with a locking center differential.Yuriy Timkin “Behind the wheel”

— Guys, where are you going?!

Dealer churchkhela forgot about advertising their goods and began to dissuade us to go up to Trinity Church at mount Kazbek.

— Two days it was raining! A retaining wall near the road where many have fallen. The road to the rocks!

I just shrugged and drove off. Perhaps the break through! I’m not on the SUV and L200.

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Rhinoplasty

In Georgia was five years and wonder changed the automotive landscape. Locals love ancient Mercedes, and now in their favor “right-handed Japanese”. A special honor — the Toyota Prius all variations. Of course, b/a.

New little cars, and because upgraded L200’s always the center of attention. In a former life it was an unattractive egg-shaped remnant from the bygone era of biodesign, now sparkle with new colors. Athletic, fit, muscular! But kung L200 looks increasingly absurd. I would put a plastic cover or shutters — they do not spoil the image.

The interior is the same. From the new — steering wheel heating (“heating” not the entire rim), dual-zone climate control, shelves for cell phone front and back, additional USB charging rear, colour screen trip computer. And soft pads on the side of the Central tunnel so that the foot is not rubbed. But the skin, driving assistants and support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto from Russian program was withdrawn. Do not live lavishly, there is nothing to start?

A familiar salon bummed dual-zone climate control and heated steering wheel.A familiar salon bummed dual-zone climate control and heated steering wheel.

Mountain sickness

The familiar 2.4‑liter turbodiesel 4N15 gives the standard 154 HP and in the variant with variable valve timing and variable turbine capacity already 181 HP

The basic L200 on the mechanics I didn’t like. Thrust “down” a little stall at the start — a piece of cake. This is especially felt in the mountains in thin air. Good pressure appears with 2500 rpm, but at 4000 rpm already turn on the transfer above. Itching and vibration would be smaller. And it is strange that the reverse gear we have to dump the lever, and then translate it to the left and forward. As in this scheme to get vraskachku?

Second row — full. Three adults sit down without problems.Second row — full. Three adults sit down without problems.

Available rear passengers there is a convenient shelf and two power USB port.Available rear passengers there is a convenient shelf and two power USB port.

For pichowski standards L200 managed a thumbs up: accurate steering, good directional stability. The modernization increased diameter front brake discs from 294 to 320 mm, so that slows Mitsubishi with commendable efficiency.

To improve the smoothness, the Japanese set back chetyrehlistnyj spring is pjatilistnyj. Still shaking. If the load in the back of a gigantic five-six, will be much better.

But the intensity is gorgeous — sling uneasy gullies of any caliber. And the consequences can be particularly not to worry, because in the construction of chassis no delicate and expensive aluminum — only steel!

New level

To Kazbegi from Tbilisi leads the Georgian Military road. It is not enough that broken, and narrow — you have to go slow. The local horsemen is considered normal to cross the solid when overtaking, they boldly go to the RAM, being sure that the oncoming car will move down the road. Gape — a collision is imminent.

Police struggle with reckless drivers with the help of the cameras, but it helps a little. By the way, unlike Russia, “letters of happiness” does not come with a photo and with a link to the video of the violation. This method is good to adopt, and that some of our offenders often do not remember where I ran into a fine.

Because the Georgian Military is full of tunnels, in which two trucks can’t pass each other, often used reverse movement: because of this we lost an hour and a half.

Whiling away time has changed to counterpart machine — now in my possession the flagship version with a 181‑horsepower engine and Aisin fluid mechanics.

It is quite another thing! The machine is now six steps instead of five, so the engine often operates in a zone of optimal revs. With an expanded range of gear ratios machine fitter is gathering pace, and increase the fifth and sixth save fuel on the highway. In the city and on highway the average consumption was about 9 l/100 km, in the mountains of 11.5 l/100 km.

With stern updated L200 is the easiest way to find the flashlights led with a whimsical pattern.With stern updated L200 is the easiest way to find the flashlights led with a whimsical pattern.

The gap between the Board and a hinged platform that seems visible even from space.The gap between the Board and a hinged platform that seems visible even from space.

Why not valmistui as related Pajero Sport? The Japanese say that the matter of unification. If Pajero is the same for all markets, the L200 in the world and is sold with a crew cab and a half, and with a single row, and shestistolpny to adapt easier. Besides, it’s cheaper (seems to me that this is the main reason).

The main advantage of L200 front of the main competitor, the Toyota Hilux, is an advanced all-wheel drive transmission Super Select with a locking center differential. It allows you to drive with the front axle connected all year round. There is also a back lock and the shift stage (gear ratio of 2.57). L200 before have been good on the road, and now even better! After the transition to 18‑inch wheels ground clearance increased from 200 to 220 mm, and the angles of entry and exit will now be 31° and 29° (instead of 30° and 28°), respectively.

Driving through the mountains, crossing rivers and washed out ruts, I haven’t been able to find for L200 an insurmountable obstacle. When it was necessary to take from the acceleration a mound of ice Natalbany, added clearance came in handy — was not even struck. And fallen on the mountain the route Kamenyuki, which scared me dealer churchkhela, I overcame without any problems. L200 is a great vehicle!

The Russian market of pickups in 2018

Engines

Sales, copies.

Share in segment, %

UAZ Pickup

2.7 l, 150 HP

3 799

33,0

Toyota Hilux

2.4 l, 150 HP; 2, 8 l, 177 HP

3 190

27,7

Mitsubishi L200

2, 4 l, 154 HP; 2.4 l, 181 HP

3 028

23,3

Volkswagen Amarok

2.0 l, 140 HP; 2.0 l, 180 HP; 3.0 l, 224 HP

785

6,8

Mercedes-Benz X-class

2.3 liter, 163 HP; 2.3 liter, 190 HP; 3.0 l, 258 HP

263

2,3

Fiat Fullback

2.4 l, 154 HP; 2.4 l, 181 HP

225

2,0

Isuzu D-MAX

2.5 l, 163 PS

173

1,5

Foton Tunland

2.8 l, 163 HP

47

0,4

Price games

The price after the update has grown. For the initial version of the Invite will now have to pay 2 069 000 rubles. It will be a completely empty car. The richest modification with the mechanics (Intense) is estimated at 2 396 000. But even there will be only two airbags, but the bumper on stern, rear-view camera and transmission Super Select (instead of her usual part-time) will have only dream of.

All this is on the L200 with the automatic 2 498 000. And top version Instyle led lights only comes with a 181‑horsepower engine and estimated at 2 702 000. Expensive? Hilux is even more expensive: 2 306 862 000-2 000. So refreshed L200 has a good chance to press the competitor in the fight for second place among pickups.

Prettier! Many options to Russia have not arrived

Mitsubishi L200

2.4 DID

2.4 DID H. P.

Length / width / height / base

5225 / 1815/ 1 795 / 3000 mm

Curb weight

1860 (1925)* kg

1930 kg

Engine

diesel, R4, 16 valves, 2442 cm3; 113 kW / 154 HP at 3500 rpm; 380 nm at 1500-2500 rpm

diesel, R4, 16 valves, 2442 cm3; 133 kW / 181 HP at 3,500 rpm and 430 N·m at 2500 rpm

Maximum speed

173 (171)* km/h

177 km/h

Fuel / fuel reserve

DT / 75 l

Transmission

all-wheel drive; M6 (A6)

all-wheel drive; the A6

* Values in brackets are automatic transmission.

Updated Mitsubishi L200: all changes for Russia

Photo: Yuriy Timkin and Mitsubishi

Updated Mitsubishi L200: all changes for Russia

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