Naming is everything these days. See how Apple sells a truckload of the iPhone 12 Pro just by giving it a “Pro” in its name, even though it’s not exactly a phone designed for “professionals”? The same concept is being applied across all industries, even on cars.
In the case of the new Mitsubishi Triton Athlete, it’s not a faster nor “better” truck than before, but at least it looks the part. That’s because there are no mechanical or even equipment differences on this new variant; all changes are strictly on the aesthetic side of things.
The main theme to its new looks is the new gloss black colour treatment, which can be found on the entire dynamic shield face, alongside the bi-LED headlights, 18-inch wheels, door handles, side steps, and bumpers.
To be clear, these are all just a fresh coat of paint on existing items; the only new additions are the underbody garnish up front, alongside the Triton Athlete decals on the sides.
It’s the same story on the interior, where the equipment list is essentially the same from the outgoing Adventure X variant which the new Athlete replaces. The only new addition to the inside of the range-topping pick-up truck are the orange cross-stitching on the leather-wrapped steering wheel, gear knob, and handbrake lever.
Although, this is hardly a diss, as the Mitsubishi Triton already has one of the most well-appointed interior within the pick-up truck segment; The leatherette knee pads and supportive seats were an absolute godsend when we went off-roading in the jungles around Janda Baik.
Also unchanged is the powertrain underneath the bonnet. The new Mitsubishi Triton Athlete continues to be powered by the same 2.4-litre MIVEC inline-four turbodiesel mill, which sends 181 hp and 430 Nm of torque to all four wheels via the six-speed automatic gearbox and Super Select II AWD system – the latter only available on the range-topping model.
The new Mitsubishi Triton Athlete is priced at RM141,500, on-the-road, without insurance. Included in the price is a five-year/200,000 km warranty as standard. For the full facts and figures breakdown of the new range-topping Triton, make sure to check out our launch coverage here!