Mitsubishi Motors in the UK has unveiled a new take on the Triton (or L200, as it’s known there), with the debut of the Barbarian SVP as part of its newly launched Special Vehicle Projects division.
The new model is based on the bulk-selling dual-cab model, with 250 examples to be built – half in the Electric Blue metallic paint you see here, and half in Cosmos Black.
The SVP version of the Triton/L200 Barbarian includes 17-inch black alloy wheels with BF Goodrich all-terrain tyres, wheel arch extensions, a new-look grille and a black finish on the headlight and tail-light bezels, fog lamp surrounds, roof rails and rear bumper.
Further changes include “shark fin-inspired” side steps, tray illumination, puddle lamps, a soft-opening tailgate damper (how luxe) and SVP badging.
The interior has seen some changes too (though no images have been provided), with ‘six-pack’ leather seats with suede-like Alston fabric inserts, and an SVP logo and build number stitched into the headrests. There is ‘mood lighting’ in the front and rear foot-wells, and sill-guards as well.
The Special Vehicle Projects arm of the company is “designed to provide Mitsubishi customers with exclusive, highly distinctive vehicles”, and the brand says it will produce the SVP models in “small volumes with significant appearance changes and specific colour options”.
Mitsubishi Australia recently added a slightly more tame version of its Triton, the GLS Sports Edition, which gets similar styling changes like flared guards, but it doesn’t have quite the aggression of this version – this is that model:
Mitsubishi Australia head of corporate communications, Karl Gehling, told CarAdvice that the brand’s local offering – and that tailored to UK buyers – comes down to market tastes.
“Many other markets develop model variants for their local customer requirements,” Gehling said. “As you pointed out, we did recently release our own special-edition model with the GLS and we will continue to develop market-specific special editions based on the needs of our customers in Australia.”
So, there could be potential for an even beefier Triton – or a standalone projects division – locally. We wait to see what Mitsubishi Australia has in store.