New Mitsubishi L200: what future for Alliance pickups?

The Mitsubishi pickup is in full preparation for a transition to a sixth generation which could be marked by the arrival of hybridization.

While some have described the current L200 as “sixth and new generation” when it was launched in 2019 on the Old Continent, it is above all a major restyling of the model marketed since 2015. Aesthetics, mechanics (2.5 replaced by a 2.2 of 150 ch less polluting), the changes were certainly numerous, but the base was indeed that of the “Triton” (the name of the L200 on the other world markets) of 2015/2016. To really see fresh blood, we will have to wait until the middle of the decade. Mitsubishi is indeed preparing a 6th line which could bring its share of surprises, while the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is reviewing investments at all levels from top to bottom, since the management reshuffle and the departure of Carlos Ghosn.

A partnership with Renault and Nissan?

Finally, there could be hybridization in the compact pickup segment in Europe.© CarPix

Over the next few years, we could therefore have surprises. Starting with the pickup segment: if the very discreet Renault Alaskan (with low sales in Europe) actually borrowed the basis of the Nissan Navara, the L200 stood apart (it must be said that its development predates the joining the Alliance). Now well integrated, Mitsubishi should change tack: the pickups will in future be on a common basis. The brand new L200 was precisely surprised in full preparation on the side of Northern Europe: if the bodywork is close to the current model, it is misleading, since the chassis, the mechanics and technologies are indeed those of the future L200.

A first hybrid?

Which could also logically yield to the electricity fairy with a hybridization (“full”, or rechargeable…) essential to this bodywork, which, we recall, only escapes the penalty in France in the case of a 4-seater configuration (single cabin, or deep cabin). The future being full of uncertainties, Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi cannot take any risks with the development of the new generation of pickups!

For its part, Nissan recently ended production of the current Navara. The Japanese was coming to the end of its career anyway, and the Barcelona plant, where it was produced, was sold by Nissan.

Published on 31/01/2022 Updated 31/01/2022

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