Fifth Generation Workhorse
The 2016 Mitsubishi L200 Sportero represents an evolution in design from its predecessor. The lines have been refined to produce an athletic exterior enhanced by an oversized chrome grill and accents. The interior receives refinement and surprisingly comes standard with a premium touch-screen radio, push-to-start technology, as well as paddle shifters which are useful for quick overtaking.
The cabin of the Sportero is laid out sensibly and uses a lot of soft touch materials, as well as two-tone accents to provide a premium experience. The seating position has been improved since the previous generation. Travelling in the Sportero on rough terrain, vibration and movements are not transmitted into the cabin, providing a comfortable ride along the Yallahs River Bed.
Powering the L200 Sportero is a 2400cc direct injected diesel common-rail engine producing just about 178 horsepower, mated to a 5 speed CVT transmission. The transmission has been upgraded to cope with an increased torque output and for sharper shifts, while also improving fuel economy. What this van lacks in agility it makes up in towing capacity. This new model is also significantly quieter and more refined than the outgoing model. Even at idle, much of the diesel chatter is muted. The revised suspension smooths out bumpy roads and provides a comfortable ride when pavement has disappeared.
Mitsubishi’s renowned SuperSelect 4WD system is also a standard option on the L200 Sportero. Electronically controlled, it makes shifting out of 2WD to 4WD and 4WD Lock hassle free. The onboard computer advises you when the transfer case has completed its work.
Model Tested: 2016 Mitsubishi L200 Sportero
2400cc 4 cylinder Turbo Diesel
Output - 178BHP
Fuel Consumption – 7.6L/100KM
Key Features: LCD Touchscreen Bluetooth Radio
Multifunction Instrument Display – provides visualization of vehicle information.
Push-to-start technology, Keyless Entry/Exit – Key Fob
Price as Tested: $5.225M
Competitors: Nissan Frontier, VW Amarok, Ford Ranger, Mazda BT-50
Vehicle Provided by: Stewart’s Auto Sales, 876-928 5041
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