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Mitsubishi L200 towing weight goes to 3.5 tonne

2018 Mitsubishi L200In a round of updates, Mitsubishi has increased the maximum gross towing weight of the L200 to 3.5t with a three-axle braked trailer. This has been achieved thanks to the addition of extra strengthening to key load-bearing areas of the chassis. A towing capacity of up to 3.1t is permissible with one- or two-axle braked trailers and 0.75t is allowed regardless of the number of axles or whether or not the trailer is braked. At its maximum gross train weight, the L200 is also capable of hauling 590kg in the load bed.

Due to having more tyres in contact with the road, three-axle trailers offer improved straight-line stability compared to two-axle rigs. Braking ability and weight distribution are also greatly enhanced, along with low-speed manoeuvrability and controllability in the event of a blowout. Mitsubishi has also developed a new heavy-duty tow bar that is rated for use up to 3.5t.

2018 Mitsubishi L200A Trailer Stability System comes as standard as part of the ESP functionality and helps to pull the trailer back into line should it begin to ‘snake’. A useful feature of the L200’s Super Select drive system means that it is the only pick-up capable of towing 3.5t on tarmac in high range 4x4 mode without causing transmission wind-up.

It’s not just the L200’s towing capability that’s been improved, however; it’s now available with Mitsubishi’s touchscreen- and voice-controlled Smartphone Link Display Audio (SDA) infotainment system. This links with the majority of popular smartphones to allow the driver to make and receive calls, access text messages, listen to music and use the phone’s native satellite navigation systems for the most up-to-date mapping and traffic information. SDA also integrates the reversing camera display to assist when hitching up a trailer.

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