Mitsubishi L300 PROS and CONS
- Great commercial vehicle
- Dependable parts and performance
- Powerful engine
- Affordable price
- No major design changes inside and out
- Lack of safety equipment
As one of the most familiar models you'll see in the Philippines roads. The Mitsubishi L300 practically is the most iconic workhorse in our market which has been around for more than a decade in the country. Commercial and private use alike, it is one of the vehicles best chosen for being reliable and robust. If you even ask your titos or titas, surely, they'll know what an L300 is.
Yes, class and comfortability may not be one of its strong points, but the L300 was purposely built to bring you and your cargo/passenger hassle free for a cheaper price compared to a larger van or other vehicles.
The 2019 Mitsubishi L300 although lightly priced higher than its competition. It easily makes up for it with its new and more powered 4N14 intercooler turbocharged Euro 4-compliant engine and a higher ground clearance and cab height for better overall visibility. Add to that Mitsubishi's 3 Years or 100,000 Kms warranty and the L300's reputation in the Philippines then the vehicles heritage practically speaks for itself.
The return of the Mitsubishi L300
After several years, the Mitsubishi L300 has finally made its comeback to the Philippines market. The Mitsubishi L300 is well known in the country, from a small delivery vehicle to private school buses. The Mitsubishi L300 is one of the most reliable vehicles for commercial use in the Philippines. With reliable parts and services available in the country, every business owner who decides to get the vehicle will certainly have an ease of mind knowing how reliable this vehicle is.
Mitsubishi L300 design and offerings
The new Mitsubishi L300 is available in two body types. A Cab and Chassis, and an Exceed with FB body. Depending on how you plan to use the vehicle both body type is capable enough to answer to your needs.
The Cab and Chassis is more of a mini-pickup truck type, ideal for carrying large and tall items. The disadvantage though is that there is no roof at the back to protect the items from rain or heat, also, the only passenger you can ride is up front beside the driver.
The Exceed with FB body, on the other hand, can also be used for carrying objects, the main advantage here though is that it comes with 2 row seats for rear passengers and a roof to protect the passenger or items from rain or heat of the sun. the disadvantage here though is that the roof will serve as the limit on how tall you can store at the back.
The new Mitsubishi L300 has a length of 4260, width of 1695, and a height of 1895. The ground clearance is 195mm which is significantly higher than the competition.
Powering the new Mitsubishi L300 is a new 4N14 engine, a 2.2-Liter 4-inline 16 Valve DOHC intercooler turbocharged CRDi engine which is also Euro 4-compliant and produces 98hp and 200Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. It has a fuel tank capable of handling of up to 55 liters of diesel. Note that there is no automatic transmission variant being offered here and that the engine performance of the new Mitsubishi L300 is also significantly greater than its local competition. The upgrade done by Mitsubishi is really surprising as these performance equals to around 40% upgrade over the past model.
In terms of design, upon closer look, the exterior received an upgrade in terms of a new chrome front grille and chrome door handles as well. The rest completely resembles the familiar L300 design we know. Its box shaped body front-lined by a box headlamp at front and the same linear break lamps at the back.
Inside the vehicle, on the driver's side, the panel design is simply the same as the previous model. The only update done inside is with the new digital odometer on the gauge cluster. Sadly, the L300's interior design is not as exciting as its competition. Rest assured, everything is functional and is pretty simple to access and to use. The fact that most people who buy this vehicle will be more concerned about its performance instead of its design only serves as bonus on this area.
Mitsubishi has also increased the cab height to better the visibility. For many decades, the Mitsubishi L300 was considered a real workhorse for business owners. Add to that the driving performance of the vehicle as it is relatively easy to drive despite its purpose. Its no way close to comfortable when compared to your regular passenger vehicles but it gets the job done with no fusses as any drivers will certainly have an easy time when driving the vehicle.
The 2019 Mitsubishi L300 Exceed with FB body type now offers a dual air-conditioning vent for better air ventilation for the rear passenger. This will serve as a great update if your more focused on riding passengers rather than items or packages. The sliding mirrors has also been updated but not that significant as it will still be your traditional sliding operated window. The gutter less roof and larger taillights is a favorable upgrade which consumers will surely happily accept.
Going into the specifics. The Mitsubishi L300 has a max gross vehicle weight of 2345 Kg and a curb weight of 1260kg. The sitting capacity up front is up to 3 person both for the Cab and Chassis, and an Exceed with FB body. There are 2 speakers inside headed by an MP3, FM tuner, AUX-in and USB port head-unit.
Suspension wise, the Mitsubishi L300 comes with an independent wishbone and coil spring stabilizers at front and a semi-elliptic leaf spring at the back. Stopping powers is mainly operated with a 10-inch ventilated disc at the front and a 10-inch leading and trailing drum brakes at the back.
The Mitsubishi L300 rocks with a 14-inch steel rims and a tire size of 185R14C-8PR both sizes for the front and back.
The interior materials starting from the seats are made of vinyl, the gauge cluster is a white-lit meter cluster which should be very visible on during night time. The central instrumental cluster are all flat black visually. The gearshift know is PVC, parking lever as well. The front lamp is powered by a multi-reflector halogen lamps while the rear combination lamp uses a bulb type lamp.