Mitsubishi has launched its own skunkworks programme called Special Vehicle Projects (SVP), along with a limited production tricked-out version of its L200 pickup truck fettled by this division. Shown at the 2017 Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, UK, the beefed up truck is called the L200 Barbarian SVP will be limited to just 250 units, with 125 painted in Electric Blue metallic and the other 125 in Cosmos Black.
Building on the Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian Double Cab, the SVP version sports a more aggressive and striking design. It gets an all-new grille and exclusive black finish on the headlight and taillight bezels, fog lamp surrounds, roof rails and rear bumper. Adding to the exclusivity are shark fin-inspired side steps, load bed illumination, puddle lamps, soft-opening tailgate damper and an SVP badge on the tailgate, along with 17in bespoke black alloy wheels shod in BF Goodrich all-terrain tyres, and new wheel arch extensions. Inside, the limited-edition model has ‘six-pack’ leather seats with suede-like ‘Alston’ inserts with individual limited edition number and the SVP logo stitched into the headrests. The L200 Barbarian SVP also comes with rain and dusk sensors, keyless entry, satellite navigation, Bluetooth, Bi-Xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights, cruise control and reversing camera as standard equipment.
Powering the truck is a 2.4-litre turbodiesel engine, which produces 180bhp and 430Nm of torque, with the rotary-dial controlled Super Select 4WD system combined with either a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission.
The Japanese carmaker also brought the one-off Desert Warrior version of the L200 which gets an external roll cage, heavily modified suspension, oversized wheels with self-inflating tyres, long range LED lights and extra kit that Mitsubishi claims will make it capable of negotiating some of the world’s harshest terrain.