The 4D56 belongs to the “Astron” family of engines that first featured in the 1980 Mitsubishi Galant. The long-used engine has gone through various modifications and upgrades and has found a massive following and support base in SUV & light commercial vehicle owners.
The 4D56 16 Valve is the last iteration of this engine sold in Europe. It features a common rail, 16 valve, twin-cam design which made it cleaner and more efficient compared to previous generations.
By producing an average 135 BHP the unit was almost solely used in the L200 as a tool-lugging workhorse. This combination of practicality and torque gained favour with buyers, making it an appealing package for any tradesman who wanted a functional & reliable option.
Those workhorses are a little tired out from trotting here & there over the years, with many needing some well-deserved TLC. They’re by no means off to the knackers yard yet, with many holding a decent resale value despite extremely high miles.
FAI has a raft of parts for the 4D56, many of which are applicable to all variants. Here are some for the 16V but, for the perfect fit, please visit our online catalogue faiauto.com/ecat.