Mitsubishi gave a first hint at its all-new L200 SUT (Sports Utility Truck) that will be launched in Europe during the first half of next year.

To be produced by Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co., Ltd, the new L200 will build on the success of its predecessor as European pickup market leader and FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup Winner in 2003, with over 700,000 units exported out of Thailand since 1988.

Previewed during the 2005 Dakar Rally as “Truck Evolution”, the new L200 owes much of its design inspiration to the 2002 Pajero Evo 2+2 concept and the Pajero Evolution racer, with its nearly identical sharp lines, evocative Mitsubishi “Mount Fuji” grille and firm stance.

Elaborating on this theme, Mitsubishi Motors designers approached the pickup concept with fresh eyes. They turned the bed into a bold styling feature, instead of a mere box, and gave the cabin the largest interior room in the segment, as expected from a Sports Utility Truck (S.U.T.).

Available in Single Cab, Club Cab and four-door Double Cab body types, the new L200 will also add high driving standards to the mid-size pickup equation, with its contemporary SUV-like permanent Super Select 4-wheel drive system, active stability and traction control with 17″ wheels and a tight, class-leading turning circle.

Powered by an all-new and more powerful Direct injection Common Rail Euro-4 compliant Diesel engine, the new L200 will offer all the key work-related attributes, whilst being eminently capable on and off-road, thanks to its totally redesigned hydro-formed fully boxed frame and new independent front suspension and rear live axle set-up.

Ushering a new era for pickup customers in Europe, the all-new Mitsubishi L200 will be unveiled in Europe at the occasion of the Bologna Motor Show, on December 1st, 2005.