Mitsubishi has big plans for its most popular truck. Well, the 2021 Mitsubishi L200 will be available in some countries as the Triton. What we know so far about the pickup? The new generation is on the way, more capable to compete against biggest rivals. But, there is another thing – Mitsu could take a huge step and move to the US market. Triton or L200, it is the same. It will cause attention of leading companies in the midsize segment.
But, one thing is needed before the Japanese manufacturer becomes eligible for such a move – Mitsubishi will need to install a petrol engine. To be honest, their diesel truck is cool, but it cannot pass restrictions where they are more demanding. A cooperation with Nissan could help and its Japanese partner could give a push for the first appearance.
Possible Powertrains For 2021 Mitsubishi L200
Let’s not waste time on diesel units. If the Japanese company wants to enter the new market, it will need a cleaner source of power. Nissan is a powerful partner that can help 2021 Mitsubishi L200 in its dream. But, on the other hand, this could be the competition for Frontier. So, big decisions are to be made. Meanwhile, Mitsu is going to continue to work on the redesign and a new look.
A 2.5-liter petrol drivetrain seems to be the version that could satisfy truckers both in the US and other markets. With 190 ponies, it can tow enough. On the other hand, Nissan is using a huge 4.0-liter V6, which is too big for buyers outside North America. Well, the option could be there. Some truckers will definitely want to boost the power output with this huge displacement.
Diesels Will Still Be Part of the Lineup, Hybrid Unit is Possible
Strong relationship with Nissan boosts rumors about a possible hybrid engine for the 2021 Mitsubishi L200. We believe this is the hoax. Well – even a bigger Japanese carmaker is not offering such an engine for its pickups. Also, Ford is missing a hybrid drivetrain in the truck segment, so it is not likely to see Mitsubishi launching pickup before these giants.
The truckmaker sticks to the existing lineup in Asia and Europe. Under the bonnet of the 2021 Mitsubishi L200 will lay a diesel unit. The most popular option is a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine with 180 hp and 320 lb-ft. This output would be a perfect fit for the US market if it solves problems with emissions. Well, L200 has no issues, but conditions are hard to meet in the United States. Another option is a 2.5-liter diesel, but with less power. In this case, it drops to 135 ponies, while the torque remains at the same level as we see it on the slightly smaller displacement.
2021 Mitsubishi L200 Release Date
The redesign of the 2021 Mitsubishi L200 is ahead of schedule. The company is going to deliver a new truck early next season. With the hybrid engine still unlikely to happen, we think fans will have to wait for another season to see it in the major pickup market in the world. Meanwhile, Mitsubishi will continue to work on the emissions and efficiency improvements.