The Mitsubishi L300, a veritable icon of the 90s which is ever present today on the Philippine roads in the form of a light utility vehicle. It is very reliable, economical and definitely affordable for the young, enterprising business person just starting out.
The L300 has come into a bit of trouble once the Euro-4 emissions standards were rolled out. Now trouble would be putting it lightly as the Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation or MMPC had to halt making more L300’s at the beginning of 2018.
Now, this is where the good news starts as MMPC has decided to resurrect the said vehicle with new technologies to make it run cleaner and thus in line with Euro 4 emission standards.
The 2019 Mitsubishi L300 is very reliable, economical and definitely affordable for the young, enterprising business person just starting out
MMC however as of late has not yet revealed what exactly the new Mitsubishi L300 2019 has for an engine but as news sources have observed, the new vehicle has a new 4N1 which is from a series of the engine which also powers the Montero Sport and the Strada.
The new L300 also now has a common rail diesel injection or CRDi system and other internal parts that make it Euro-4 compliant. Apart from these changes, it can also be surmised that the new L300 might have more horsepower and torque than the older one.
MMPC has decided to resurrect the L300 with new technologies
If that is indeed the case, many loyal users of the vehicle will gladly welcome the change as we have indeed observed in the past that these vehicles can enjoy these changes due to the way they are used; mainly for cargo, for shuttling passengers, and even as an ambulance.
The new Mitsubishi L300 2019 also gets a fresh interior
Outside, the new Mitsubishi L300 also has visibly different things added to it. The updated L300 now has a chrome grille, a longer rear cab, different windows which give it a more streamlined look, and dual rear doors.
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The overall size of the L300 has also changed because apart from the aforementioned longer rear cab, the vehicle has either a taller cab for more headroom or a more robust suspension. Either way, the vehicle is as utilitarian as ever with its function over form boxy styling which harkens back to an earlier time in automotive history.
Timeless and utilitarian but now with a new, cleaner running engine
While the exterior has had many different upgrades, the dash, the steering wheel, the ac vents, and shifter, and the interior door panels remain largely unchanged. What little changes can be found in the audio unit which is more of the times, the case is same with the gauges.
Inside the rear cab, the vehicle still has that simple, utilitarian feel to it with its side-facing benches, metal flooring and an aircon unit mounted on the center of the vehicle’s ceiling. As we’ve said, the updated cab can now carry more people and with the seats folded up, can carry even more cargo.
According to the latest car news, MMC has not yet released the pricing for the new Mitsubishi L300 2019 though that information can be announced anytime. Overall, the resurrection of the L300 is advantageous for Mitsubishi Motors Philippines because it will certainly provide them again with a market-dominating vehicle.
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Know more about Mitsubishi L300 2021
The current L300 by Japanese automaker Mitsubishi is based on the L300 Versa Van. While the latter was more of a family carrier, Mitsubishi has since marketed the L300 FB mainly as a commercial vehicle. Regardless, the said model can both function as a family car, and as a logistics solution for small to large businesses. In the Philippine market, the L300 FB uses a Euro 4 compliant 2.2-liter 4N14 diesel power plant. At most, this mill can make up to 98 horsepower and 200 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the rear via a five-speed manual transmission. The available to the L300 FB body is a rear air-conditioning system, and it can also fit up to 17 occupants.
Cesar G.B. Miguel