For more than 40 years, the Mitsubishi L300 has been a fixture on Philippine roads.
The market for commercial vehicles, especially pick-ups in the Philippines, has grown quite rapidly. The high demand for commercial vehicles to meet business needs has prompted several manufacturers to present pick-up cars. This also seems to have been read very well by Mitsubishi when it first presented the Mitsubishi L300 in 1981. And for more than four decades, the Mitsubishi L300 has maintained its existence as the people's choice of multifunctional vehicle. One thing that is interesting, since the first appearance until now, practically no significant changes in the design of the car that is known to be tough.
It has witnessed the end of the disco era, the ouster of a dictator, the creation of a new Philippine constitution, the Asian Financial Crisis and the rise of the Internet and TikTok. But through it all, its ruggedness, utility and simplicity have made it a darling for business owners, fleet buyers and even action-movie baddies on the big screen.
However, the arrival of newer, more efficient and safer light commercial vehicles means that the L300, with a design that is more than 50 years old, may not remain the top choice for long.
The L300, also known globally as the second-generation Mitsubishi Delica, was launched in 1979. Local production began in the 1980s and continues today at the Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation plant in Santa Rosa, Laguna.
It has replaced many cab-over commercial vehicles from the 1970s like the Mitsubishi Cimarron and the venerable Ford Fiera. The L300 also has also had minor styling changes throughout the decades, but that boxy silhouette has always stood the test of time.
In 2012, the L300 Versa Van, which was a favorite of Filipino families and shuttle operators for its generous seating capacity, ceased production after 25 years. These have been replaced in the market by newer models like the Toyota Hiace, the Hyundai Staria and the Nissan Urvan NV350.
The model had a major update in 2019 to comply with the government’s Euro IV emission standards for new vehicles. Its legendary 2.5-liter, single-cam, 8-valve 4D56 diesel engine was replaced with the 2.2-liter, twin-cam, 16-valve 4N14 turbodiesel engine producing 99 PS and 200 Nm of torque.
Price and Variant
As of September 2022, the 2022 Mitsubishi L300 is available in a wide range of body styles. The Mitsubishi L300 price in the Philippines is at PhP 813,000 for the plain cab and chassis. Find the best price by requesting quotes from Mitsubishi dealers.