For the past 40 years, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has been selling a 1-ton pick-up truck which has increased in popularity to become one of the company’s bestselling models. The model line started off in 1978 as the L200 (FORTE in Japan) and had various names in different markets. While the earlier models had typical pick-up styling – utilitarian and simple – when the model gained the Triton name, its fresh new styling boosted sales significantly.
Today, the company introduces a new generation of the Triton which is manufactured at its factory in Thailand which is the global production hub for the Triton. Following the launch in Thailand, with sales starting on November 17, the model will be launched in the in other ASEAN markets and eventually be sold in some 150 countries.
“The New Triton is one of our most important global strategic models. Its success will accelerate the momentum of the company’s sustainable growth. The new model brings enhancements to the durability, reliability and comfort developed over the 40 years since the introduction of the series,” said Osamu Masuko, CEO of Mitsubishi Motors. “I am fully confident the New Triton will meet the diverse needs and wishes of our customers around the world.”
For the new generation, the project team used the key phrase of ‘Engineered Beyond Tough’. This inspired elements that are said to make it significantly more competitive including more aggressive styling that incorporates the latest iteration of the Dynamic Shield front design concept. The 4×4 system has also been enhanced for improved off-road performance and as with other manufacturers, more safety and driver assistance systems are provided. The new model also has significant increases in the durability and reliability aspects which are always required by the commercial user as well as comfort and ride that private users expect.
The Dynamic Shield front design concept has evolved and the new face of the Triton has similarities to the Xpander MPV that was launched in Indonesia in August 2017. From the side, the cabin shape appears to be retained but incorporating newly sculpted body curves with contrasting sharp lines, extended wheel flares and bright accents.
The restyled cabin of the new Triton expresses modern a modern and robust feeling with frame surroundings for the switch panel and air outlets. A high-quality look has been created by soft pad materials and stitching on the floor console, armrests and parking brake.
Depending on the variant, there will be either Super-Select 4WD or Easy-Select 4WD, the latter being a simpler system. With the addition of new drive modes, both systems are said to deliver improved off-road performance.
A new Off-road Mode has GRAVEL, MUD/SNOW, SAND and ROCK (in Low Range only) settings. When activated, Off-road Mode integrally controls engine power, transmission and braking to regulate the amount of wheel slip and thereby maximize all-terrain performance and self-extraction performance in mud or snow.
Driver assistance systems include Hill Descent Control where the speed is electronically controlled to allow the driver to negotiate steep or slippery descents more safely and with more confidence. Other safety systems include Forward Collision Mitigation which can detect vehicles and pedestrians ahead, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and an Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System which can reduce accidents resulting from improper use of the accelerator when moving off or reversing in car parks and other confined spaces.
Some variants will also have a Multi Around Monitor which gives the driver a top-down view of the vehicle and the area around it. Together with parking sensors, the driver will find it easier to park and manoeuvre the large and long vehicle.
Initial information about the new model does not include details of powertrains and it is believed that the previous line-up of engines will be retained. However, the automatic transmission now moves to 6 speeds. Other technical changes mentioned are improved braking performance and feel with larger front discs and calipers and an improved ride with larger rear dampers which contain more damping oil.
With the KL International Motorshow 2018 on later this month, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia will use the event to preview the model. And as it is now assembled locally, introduction could be faster as there is no need to wait for local suppliers to start producing the parts.
Visit www.mitsubishi-motors.com.my for more information on models available in Malaysia.