The timing couldn’t have been better. As it celebrates its 40th birthday, the latest version of the Triton/L200 has been rolled out in Bangkok, Thailand, with sales commencing locally on the 17th of November.
“The new model brings enhancements to the durability, reliability and comfort developed over the 40 years since the introduction of the series. I am fully confident the new Triton/L200 will meet the diverse needs and wishes of our customers around the world,” said Mitsubishi Motors CEO Osamu Masuko.
Built on the “Engineered Beyond Tough” concept, the biggest change perhaps lies in the front end of the pick-up. It features the new-generation “Dynamic Shield” design concept, with Bi-LED projector headlamps for a more imposing presence. The headlamps in itself are positioned higher – 700mm off the ground – so they wouldn’t be submerged and malfunction in the flood.
On the side, its wheel arches are noticeable flared, with options of 16 to 18-inch wheels and tyre sizes up to 265/60. As for size, the new Triton is 10mm longer, from 5,280 mm to 5,290 mm and is 15 kg lighter compared to the current model, with the highest spec weighing 1,815 kg compared to the current VGT Athlete model.
In terms of the car’s underpinnings, it houses the 2.4-litre MIVEC VGT engine with similar output figures compared to the current model in Malaysia – packing 181 hp and 430 Nm of torque. Transmission-wise, the Triton gets a new 6-speed automatic instead of the previous 5-speed unit for smoother and more refined acceleration, along with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Its 4WD drive system now comes with a new Off-road Mode which has Gravel, Mud/Snow, Sand and Rock settings. When engaged, Off-road Mode integrally controls engine power, transmission and braking to regulate the amount of wheel slip and thereby maximising all-terrain performance and self-extraction performance in mud or snow.
Even its list of driver assistance systems have been significantly upgraded. While the old model only had the likes of Active Stability Control and Traction Control to shout about, the new Triton now features Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM), Blind Spot Warning, Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).
It also comes with the Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System (UMS) which essentially ensures that you’d never reverse or drive into a wall/car by accident. It’s also equipped Hill Descent Control and a “Multi-Around Monitor” that displays a 360-degree view of the car.
Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) will be having an official preview of the New Triton at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS) 2018 at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) from 23rd November to 2nd December.
MMM will also hold a special display of the new Triton in Johor Bahru. Those who are interested are encouraged to register your interest here for display locations and for further information about the new Triton.