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Mitsubishi launches SVP division with L200/Triton ‘Barbarian’

It seems Mitsubishi is now jumping on the ol’ Special Vehicle division bandwagon, announcing a unique Triton overseas called the L200 Barbarian SVP.

The special edition coincides with the announcement of a new division within Mitsubishi called Special Vehicle Projects, and it has made its public debut at the 2017 Commercial Vehicle show in England.

Mitsubishi is planning to launch a number of highly bespoke packages in the future through SVP, in the UK at least, featuring visual and specification changes over the regular counterparts.

For this first model, based on the L200, which is very similar to our local Triton, the SVP team has given it some aggressive BF Goodrich tyes mounted on unique 17-inch black alloy wheels, shrouded by custom wheel arch extensions in black.

There’s also an all-new front grille design with black mesh, black headlight and taillight surrounds, black roof rails and rear bumper bar, and a set of “shark fin-inspired” side steps, along with puddle lamps, a soft-opening tailgate, and some SVP badges.

The interior isn’t left untouched, showcasing ‘six-pack’ leather seat with suede-like trimmings, SVP-stitched headrests, mood lighting additions, and Barbarian-branded door sill plates that are illuminated.

No changes are made under the bonnet, which means the SVP edition is fitted with the same 2.4-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder as the regular L200, producing 133kW and 430Nm (same as Australian spec Triton). It can be had with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.

Mitsubishi is planning to make just 250 examples of these Barbarian editions, available in blue and black. At this stage there’s no sign of them heading to Australia, but with the ute segment so popular here we’re sure there is plenty of demand for the SVP brand to head our way.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.