Mitsubishi introduces inflatable camper buildout for L200 pickup truck

Mitsubishi trucks are not at the top of the list when I dream of buying an adventure vehicle. At least not until I learned the brand will be outfitting their 2021 L200 pickup with an optional inflatable roof top tent and bed-based cooking and storage system.

I know what you’re thinking, but this is not a concept car. And this inflatable roof tent is not a prototype. Mitsubishi has teamed up with GentleTent to offer two tent options. Both tents are inflated using a small, portable air compressor or the same hand pump you would use to inflate a stand-up paddleboard.

One of the tents is called a rubber dinghy for two people GT roof. According to GentleTent’s website, it weighs around 30kg and fits 99% of cars. It is packaged small and looks simple.

Meanwhile, the second option is the 59.5-pound one GT pickup. Designed for 2.5 people, it looks like a motorhome when inflated, with the bed over the cabin and a tent big enough to stand over the truck bed. Also, this configuration creates a weatherproof space for cooking, eating, cooling and more.

Credit: Mitsubishi Motors Germany

Mitsubishi L200, GentleTent Inflatable Camper

Hold your horses before you get all excited. Unfortunately, Mitsubishi’s add-ons will only reach the German market for the time being. But American traders should take note.

If you’re unfamiliar, GentleTent inflatable roof tents may remind you of the first NEMO tents, which were also inflatable and launched in 2007. While these tents established NEMO as a brand, the design never gained much popularity in the US market.

However, applying this technology to a rooftop tent makes sense. It lowers the weight of the tent and gives GentleTent the license to get creative with its design. GentleTent even offers massive options for five to six people on an 18-passenger van (it’s also equipped with various awnings).

In addition to the accommodation on the roof, Mitsubishi also announced a pull-out truck bed kitchen. This setup has a portable Primus gas stove, a collapsible sink, a submersible water pump, a 12 l water tank, a 12 V charging connection and a drawer for utensils.

Complete the truck conversion with Mitsubishi’s driver’s sideboard, refrigerator, outdoor shower, and solar charging accessories. Everything is in Mitsubishi’s lockable cap for on the go.

L200 accessoriesCredit: Mitsubishi Motors Germany

At a time when we are socially distancing ourselves and truck campers, adventure vans, and rooftop sleeping options are sold out for the next year or more, America definitely offers a market opportunity for such a system.

And such a modular system allows buyers to forego the DIY of an entire vehicle, which appeals to me. Sure, I have an ambition to do my own conversion, but so far I have not had time to do it.

The 2021 Mitsubishi L200 Triton starts at around $ 30,000 and costs up to around $ 45,000, depending on the option. The tents and kitchen utensils would add at least $ 7,000 to that. But if you’re not paying in euros, that’s a moot point.

However, the GentleTent inflatables are available in the USA. You may not be able to find them at your local outdoor store just yet, but you can order one from gentletentusa.com.

Mitsubishi L200 pickup inflatable GentleTents camperCredit: Mitsubishi Motors Germany

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