Is the new Mitsubishi Triton the most handsome pick-up in Malaysia?


At long last, the new Mitsubishi Triton launched in Bangkok two months ago, is here after a preview at KLIMS 2018 and will be available in five variants.

The highest spec Triton Adventure X goes for RM135,200, followed by Triton AT Premium at RM118,600, Triton MT Premium at RM112,500, Triton AT at RM105,990 and Triton MT at RM100,200.

The new Mitsubishi Triton is imported as a CBU vehicle from Thailand and is the only pick-up in Malaysia (2.4-litre category) to come with a 5 year/200,000 km warranty, whichever comes first.

Performance wise, the new Triton is powered by the same 2.4-litre MIVEC VGT engine with 181 hp and 430 Nm of torque.

In terms of the transmission, the Triton gets a new 6-speed automatic instead of the previous 5-speed unit for smoother and more refined acceleration, as we experienced first hand in Bangkok.

While the previous model Triton had already proved that pick-ups can be comfortable, larger diameter rear dampers have been adopted in the new model for even better ride comfort and reduced body roll.

On the braking front, the Triton now utilises larger front disc brakes, complemented by larger brake calipers.

By far the biggest change on the new Triton is how it looks. It now wears the Dynamic Shield design language which will be applied onto future Mitsubishi models.

The high spec model gets Bi-LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights, while its fog lamps are halogen units.

The headlamps in itself are now positioned higher – 700mm off the ground – so they wouldn’t be submerged and malfunction in the event of a flood.

Its wheel arches are now noticeably flared, giving the new Triton a more muscular stance.

As for size, the new Triton is 10mm longer and is 15 kg lighter compared to its predecessor – not that we’d care cause it looks so enticing.

Inside, the new Triton’s interior design remains largely similar save for some minor tweaks.

There’s a new switch gear, soft touch materials on the door panels and more noticeably by the knees.

By far the coolest addition has to be the rear air-con vents with fan speed controls, mounted onto the “ceiling” of the new Triton.

Behind the armrest, you’d find a sizeable tray, companied by two USB ports. In total, the new Triton comes with four USB ports.

The Triton’s driver assistance systems have also 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) that works up to 60 km/h, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).

It also comes with Hill Descent Control and Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System that works up to four metres (front and back) which essentially ensures that you’d never reverse or drive into a wall/car by accident.

An Auto High Beam feature is also available in the top Adventure X variant, alongside seven airbags. The rest of the models will receive two airbags with ISOFIX as standard across the board.


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Pan Eu Jin

Pan Eu Jin

Regularly spend countless hours online looking at cars and parts I can't afford to buy. How a car makes you feel behind the wheel should be more important than the brand it represents - unless resale value is your thing.
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