Marcus De Guzman / Mitsubishi | April 27, 2017 11:21
Mitsubishi Special Vehicle Projects builds the bespoke L200 Desert Warrior
The Mitsubishi Strada (also called the L200 or Triton in other markets) has been heavily customized to take on the desert terrain and is set to make its public debut at the 2017 Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, UK. Called the L200 Desert Warrior, it's a one-off pickup that was specifically built as a 'pre-runner', a production vehicle vastly modified to check out the 'pre-run' stages of off-road desert races.
The desert-ready L200 was made possible by Mitsubishi's new Special Vehicle Projects (SVP) program. For starters, the special one-off gets a front and rear steel bumper conversion and a large nudge bar. Also installed at the front are the power winch and a skid plate. Equally large are the self-inflating desert tires wrapped in ten-spoke alloy wheels.
Added protection comes courtesy of an external rollcage painted gloss black. It also gets custom wheel arches, uprated suspension and stepboards along the side. The bed, on the other hand, now carries spare equipment along with a bicycle. Completing the revisions are a pair of tailor-made racing seats that were purpose built for the L200 Desert Warrior.
Sadly, Mitsubishi will not be selling this bespoke L200. However, Mitsubishi SVP did build 250 units of the L200 Barbarian SVP which is essentially a production version of the Desert Warrior. Available in only two colors, Electric Blue Metallic and Cosmos Black, the Barbarian SVP gets a more aggressive exterior and interior.
At the front, it gets a matte black grill, bi-Xenon lighting and a slightly modified front bumper. Shod in the wheels are 17-inch bespoke black alloy wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich all-terrain tires. Further denoting its ruggedness are the black fender flares, roof rails and matte black rear bumper. Mitsubishi even added additional blacked-out trim which can be seen on the headlights, taillight bezels and foglight surrounds.
Inside, Mitsubishi claimed it gets a limited-edition 'Barbarian' leather seats that come with suede-like 'Alston' inserts. Each pickup will have their specific model number stitched onto the headrests. Lifting cabin amibiance are provided by front and rear mood lighting and illuminated door entry trim.
As for in-car amenities, it gets automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry, satellite navigation, Bluetooth, cruise control and a reverse camera.
The Barbarian SVP is powered by the familiar 2.4-liter MIVEC turbo-diesel inline-four that puts out 181 PS and 430 Nm of torque. It is couple to a Super Select 4WD system and can be specified with either a 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic with paddle shifters.
"The Mitsubishi L200 is one of the most durable pick-up trucks available, but the Desert Warrior takes its toughness to a whole new level. In fact, its purposefulness and ruggedness has provided the inspiration for the Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian SVP, the first limited edition model to be created by our new SVP (Special Vehicle Projects) program," said Lance Bradley, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors UK.
There is no word if Mitsubishi will offer the special edition pickup to other markets beside the UK.