Mitsubishi has just unveiled the all-new Mitsubishi Triton today and the new truck makes its world debut in Thailand. It is built on a newly developed ladder frame chassis and the Triton is now larger in just about every dimension. Upon its world debut, the Triton is available in a Double Cab (High 4WD & Standard 2WD), Cub Cab (High 2WD), and Single Cab (Standard 4WD) configuration. The all-new Triton is set to launch in Malaysia before the end of 2024.
Let’s first address the increase in the size of the Mitsubishi Triton. The double cab version now measures 5,360 mm long, 1,930 mm wide, and 1,815 mm tall. It is just bigger in every dimension in comparison to its predecessor.
As for its wheelbase, it is now 3,130 mm long, which is 130 mm longer than its predecessor’s 3,000 mm wheelbase, and you can immediately see that the Triton has sacrificed a bit of its agility for robustness. Its turning radius is now 6.2 m, which is 0.3 m more than the outgoing version’s 5.9 m. And this is just one of the many changes in the Triton as it has evolved into a more robust workhorse. The approach angle, departure angle, and break-over ramp angle are now slightly down at 29°, 22.8°, and 23.4°, at least for the double cab version.
|All-new Triton (Double Cab)||Outgoing Triton (Double Cab)|
|Length (mm)||5,360 (+55)||5,305|
|Width (mm)||1,930 (+115)||1,815|
|Height (mm)||1,815 (+20)||1,795|
|Wheelbase (mm)||3,130 (130)||3,000|
|Front Track (mm)||1,570 (+50)||1,520|
|Rear Track (mm)||1,565 (+50)||1,515|
|Bed length (mm)||1,555 (+35)||1,520|
|Turning radius (m)||6.2 (+0.3)||5.9|
|Approach angle (°)||29 (-2)||31|
|Departure angle (°)||22.8 (-0.2)||23|
|Ramp break-over angle (°)||23.4 (-1.6)||25|
The all-new Triton is a tougher machine now with its newly-developed ladder frame chassis boasting a larger cross-sectional area. Thanks to that, bending rigidity is now higher and so is torsional rigidity. So the new Triton is supposedly able to handle more abuse and heavier loads. Speaking of load, the bed is now also longer at 1,555 mm compared to the outgoing Triton’s 1,520 mm. And although the Triton seems to have grown overall, Mitsubishi says that the new Triton’s body is lighter than its predecessor’s.
As for improvements to the exterior, the Triton boasts more durable door handles (which are bigger and easier to grip), wider side steps with improved water drainage, a lower cargo bed height, and a larger upper surface area of the rear bumper. The all-new Triton also introduces new exterior colours such as Yamabuki Orange Metallic and Blade Silver Metallic.
As for performance, the all-new Mitsubishi Triton gets a newly-developed 4N16 engine. The 4N16 engine is a 2.4-litre turbodiesel engine with a 1:15.2 compression ratio. The engine is tuned for three different power outputs for the all-new Mitsubishi Triton and the most powerful version outputs 150 kW (204 hp metric) at 3,500 rpm and 470 Nm at 1,500-2,750 rpm. The other two tuning settings of the 4N16 make 184 hp/430 Nm and 150 hp/330 Nm respectively.
|High Output||Standard 1||Standard 2|
|Engine||2,442 cc turbodiesel DOHC inline-4||2,442 cc turbodiesel DOHC inline-4||2,442 cc turbodiesel DOHC inline-4|
|Max. Power (hp/rpm)||204/3,500||184/3,500||150/3,500|
|Max. Torque (Nm @rpm)||470/1,500-2,750||430/2,250-2,500||330/1,500-3,000|
Transmission options for the all-new Mitsubishi Triton include a 6-speed automatic transmission which has been carried over from the outgoing Triton and a 6-speed manual transmission. Interestingly, the 6-speed manual is shift-by-wire and this reduces cabin vibration.
Of course, the Super Select AWD system and Easy Select AWD system are carried over into the all-new Mitsubishi Triton. Suspension-wise, the Triton sports a double wishbone setup in front and a leaf spring setup at the back.
Mitsusbishi Motors has also improved the maintenance aspect of the Triton, with one of them being the fact that maintenance for the 6-speed manual transmission is unnecessary. Work has also been made easier for the maintenance technicians (or those who prefer DIY maintenance) as the oil drain bolt has been relocated in such a way that it can be accessed without having to remove the under-engine-cover. The service holes for the Triton are also now larger so no extra attachments are needed for the standard garage jack.
All in all, it seems that the Mitsubishi Triton has looked at the all-new Ford Ranger and cranked the “functional workhorse” aspect of the Triton to 11. And this treatment continues inside the cabin. For instance, Mitsubishi has improved the visibility of the monitor, meters, and switches with clever use of contrast. The switches have also been given optimum levels of sensitivity that make them easy to operate even when you’re wearing gloves.
Mitsubishi has implemented its “Mitsubishi Touch” for the steering wheel grips and door handles and soft pads have been added in main areas that protect the driver and passengers. As for cubby space, the centre console of the all-new Triton can fit two large cups and in the automatic version, it can even fit tablets and files in addition to that. The centre console glovebox itself is able to fit four 600ml water bottles.
Other cabin enhancements include a higher hip point (by 20mm), USB-C ports, and more vertical A-pillars to ease ingress and egress. Mitsubishi also says that the cabin has also been designed to allow drivers to easily see changes in the vehicle’s posture when driving.
Safety-wise, some of the all-new Mitsubishi Triton’s safety features include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Mitigation system (FCM), Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Lane Change Assist (LCA), and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).
The all-new Mitsubishi Triton also comes with Mitsubishi Connect which allows your car to be connected to your mobile phone. With Mitsubishi Connect, you can use your phone to find your car (location access), check the remaining fuel volume, check the oil condition, check the driving history, remotely start the air conditioning, remotely operate the headlights, and remotely operate the horn.
With the global debut of the all-new Mitsubishi Triton in Thailand, it won’t be long until it reaches Malaysia. In Malaysia, the Mitsubishi Triton is available in its double cab 4X4 configuration (VGT Standard, VGT Premium, VGT Athlete) and also in its 4X2 low-riding “Quest” version.