Mitsubishi L300 2017 Philippines Review: Brief review, Specifications & Price

Sep 30, 2018
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  • Table of contents
  • 1. Mitsubishi L300 2017 Philippines: Brief review
  • 2. Mitsubishi L300 2017 specifications in the Philippines
  • 3. Mitsubishi L300 2017 price in the Philippines
  • 4. Mitsubishi L300 2017 Philippines: Verdict
Find out the specifications and price of the Mitsubishi L300 2017 Philippines in our comprehensive review.

1. Mitsubishi L300 2017 Philippines: Brief review

I don’t remember how long the Mitsubishi L300 entered this competitive auto market. 30 years? 34 or 38? What I know is that it has been a long time indeed. And I can say with certainty that many of you have yet to hear the story of the L300. So today, I’m going to take you back in time to the 1970s when an AUV wasn’t defined yet…

Mitsubishi L300

That was the time of an AUV called “Mitsubishi Cimarron”, the Toyota Tamaraw, DMG-VW Trakbayan and the Ford Fiera. Sadly, the Cimarron, which was built on '60s chassis and technology, was outdated, substandard and consequently, could not compete against such fierce rivals. What must be, must be.

In 1983, Mitsubishi officially introduced the L300 as a viable alternative for the Cimarron and harbored a great ambiion to conquer the AUV segment market.

Mitsubishi Cimarron angular front

The Cimarron, which was built on '60s chassis and technology, was outdated, substandard

The Mitsubishi L300 was based on its sibling Mitsubishi Delica 1979 or Delivery Cargo van. This was a forward-control van but dissimilar to the Cimarron, the L300 exudes superior flexibility and generous space over its front-engined contenders. Forward-control vehicle, literally, refers to car whose engine is under the driver’s seat.

This also means that you will likely be a fried egg while driving this kind of vehicle: feel a little bit toasty and numb from vibration. More seriously, let’s imagine you were behind the wheel of a 4D56 diesel-powered car.

Mitsubishi L300 angular front

In 1983, Mitsubishi officially introduced the L300 as a viable alternative for the Cimarron

Then, the L300 forayed into the market in the context of economic turmoil in 1980s. Extraordinarily, it overcame such a terrible decade for auto market. Even, in 1987, the Japanese marque launched its cab chassis variant of the L300 with the now-reputed FB body.

The Mitsubishi L300 FB is a truck cab with a box bolted to the truck bed can help you carry everything from retail goods, commuters and even generations of Pinoy students. And how time flies, it successfully went through its 10-year run to make room for its successor – the Mitsubishi L300 Exceed in 1997.

The FB was phased out absolutely in its home country. Soon, the Exceed was followed by the Mitsubishi Space Gear which was pitched as the Hyundai Starex’s contender. However, you might not know that the original L300 was still steering the market then. Yes, three generations of the Delica/L300 were sold at the same time in the Philippine market.

At last, the car maker decided to the put the two newer ones aside and discontinued their production. Still, you can buy an original Mitsubishi L300 at the moment. So, are you curious about its staying power?

Mitsubishi L300 side view

The Mitsubishi L300 was based on its sibling Mitsubishi Delica 1979 or Delivery Cargo van​

If you think it’s due to the powertrain. You’re absolutely wrong as its 4D56 engine just dishes out 71 hp, not to mention the fact that it’s paired with an old-school 5-speed manual gearbox leaving you only 4 useful gears on the highways. Or if you think handing is its secret weapon, it’s false again.

Driving the L300 is almost like driving a bus because of truck-like steering and seating, to be honest. There are absolutely no state-of-the-art technologies in the L300, nor any exceptional ability seen in its rivals.

Even so, the L300 can go everywhere a 4-wheeled vehicle in the Philippines can, even more. It’s is the simplicity that make it last long, flood and idiot-proof. It has worked as an industrious worker in our shores for nearly 40 years and even, as an integral part of the country’s landscape.

2. Mitsubishi L300 2017 specifications in the Philippines

If you’re familiar to this picture, you must have had a memorable childhood when the Mitsubishi L300 was considered as the quintessential family carrier. Generally speaking, the iconic hauler is not able to pit itself against modern models.

That said, every time I sit in its cabin, it’s hard to express my feeling. For this part, I will show you an old brochure of the ancient Mitsubishi L300 versa van long high roof mini-bus MT 5-speed which has become an unbreakable symbol.

Mitsubishi L300 brochure

Mitsubishi L300 versa van long high roof mini-bus MT 5-speed

This dated L300, at that point, still featured strikingly goodies including ashtrays, front-door armrests, sun visors, an analog quartz clock as well as a parcel tray up front. With regards to performance, the van is capable of dishing our 87 hp and 160 Nm of torque. Surprisingly, it can top out at 160 km/h.

Measuring more than 2 tons weigh, yet the L300 only runs on 14-inch wheels. What’s more, it’s controlled by a ball-and-nut steering wheel. Specially, you might never see a column-mounted manual shifter that was available in this van.

Now, let’s take a look at the specs sheet of that seasoned versa van then the today’s L300's.

Mitsubishi L300 specifications in the Philippines

Mitsubishi L300 specifications in the Philippines

Mitsubishi L300 specifications in the Philippines

Mitsubishi L300 versa van long high roof mini-bus MT 5-speed specs sheet

Mitsubishi L300 2017 specifications in the Philippines
  CC - Standard Wheelbase CC - Long Wheelbase
General Specification
Length (mm) 4,100 4,260
Width (mm) 1,695
Height (mm) 1,795
Wheelbase (mm) 2,200 2,350
Tread (Front/Rear) (mm) 1,400 / 1,380
Ground Clearance (mm) 195
Gross Weight (kg) 2,205 2,354
Curb Weight (kg) 1,160 1,200
Payload 1,045 1,145
Seating Capacity (persons) 3
Fuel Tank Capacity (L) 55
Performance
Approach Angle (degree) 23
Departure Angle (degree) 28
Engine
Type & Model 4D56 2.5L 4 in-Line SOHC Diesel EURO-2 Compliant
Displacement (cc) 2,477
Bore x Stroke (mm) 91.1 x 95
Compression Ratio 21:1
Maximum Power 71 hp @ 4200 rpm
Maximum Torque 140 Nm @ 2500 rpm
Transmission
Type 5 - Speed Manual
Gear Ratio
1st 4.330
2nd 2.355
3rd 1.509
4th 1.000
5th 0.827
Reverse 4.142
Final Gear Ratio 4.625
Steering
Gear Type Ball and Nut Gear Type with Power Steering
Steering Wheel 2-Spoke Polypropylene
Suspension & Brakes
Front Suspension Independent Wishbone and Coil Spring with Stabilizer
Rear Suspension Semi-Elliptic Leaf Spring
Front Brakes 10" Ventilated Discs
Rear Brakes 10" Leading and Trailing Drums
Brake Booster 9" Master Vacuum
Tire & Wheels
Tires 185R14C - 8PR
Wheels 14" x 5.0 J Steel Rims

3. Mitsubishi L300 2017 price in the Philippines

Price is another factor that leads to the L300’s success. Nowadays, it can be had from ₱620,000. The most expensive variant is the Mitsubishi L300 Exceed CC with XV Body that is priced at ₱1,062,000; albeit pricey, it can be served as a school bus.

The L300 is one of the most sought-after models in both used and new car markets. If you want to go for a new one, consult the following table of latest Mitsubishi L300 2017 price in the Philippines. Or else, in case you prefer a used workhorse, here is the full list of Mitsubishi L300 cars for sale at different price ranges on Philkotse.com.

Mitsubishi L300 2017 price in the Philippines
 Model Price
Mitsubishi L300 Deluxe CC with FB Body (Bare) ₱734,000
Mitsubishi L300 Deluxe CC with FB Body (Single AC) ₱764,000
Mitsubishi L300 Deluxe CC with FB Body (Dual AC) ₱781,000
Mitsubishi L300 Deluxe Cab Chassis ₱620,000
Mitsubishi L300 Deluxe CC with AF Body ₱692,000
Mitsubishi L300 Deluxe CC with WT Body ₱750,000
Mitsubishi L300 Deluxe CC with PET Body ₱725,000
Mitsubishi L300 Deluxe CC with CV Body ₱710,000
Mitsubishi L300 Exceed Cab Chassis ₱635,000
Mitsubishi L300 Exceed CC with FB Body (Bare) ₱759,000
Mitsubishi L300 Exceed CC with FB Body (Single AC) ₱789,000
Mitsubishi L300 Exceed CC with FB Body (Dual AC) ₱806,000
Mitsubishi L300 Exceed CC with XV Body ₱983,000
Mitsubishi L300 Exceed CC with XV Body (School Bus Option) ₱1,062,000

4. Mitsubishi L300 2017 Philippines: Verdict

At the last moment, whether for carrying people or for business use, the Mitsubishi L300 2017 Philippines will certainly fulfill its duties. Today we have together recalled the story of the L300 as well as the L300 Versa Van of the yesteryears. Hope that image of the famous van will never fade from your mind.

For me, perhaps “L300” is the name I remember the most since my childhood among a large number of vans in the market today.

Mitsubishi L300 2017 angular front

Whether for carrying people or for business use, the Mitsubishi L300 will certainly fulfill its duties

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