Mitsubishi launch 6th-gen Triton pickup

Mitsubishi has officially launched the sixth-generation Triton pickup truck that comes with new design language, larger dimensions as well as increased safety and comfort features.

The new Mitsubishi model was unveiled in a global premiere event in Bangkok on July 26 which was attended by Mitsubishi Motors Corp president and CEO Takao Kato.

The Triton is assembled at Mitsubishi’s Laem Chabang plant and will be exported to over 100 countries around the world. It is already on sale in Thailand as of July 26, and will next be launched in Asean and Oceania markets.

Mitsubishi says that the Triton will also be sold in Japan once again after an absence of 12 years. Since 1978, the company has produced 5.6 million pickup trucks in 150 countries, with Thailand being the manufacturing and export base.

According to Mitsubishi, the new model comes with a newly-developed ladder frame that’s more durable as well as a new suspension, upgraded 4×4 system drive modes as well as improved safety.

“The key features of the all-new Triton were exclusively developed (in-house), including a robust ladder frame and body, tough chassis, powerful and driver-friendly engine and 4WD system that achieves excellent road handling and stability,” Kato said.

Three variants are initially offered for Thailand. Prices start at Bt699,000 for the Single Cab High-Rider 4WD while prices for the Double Cab High-Rider 2WD start at Bt820,000 and prices for the Double Cab High-Rider 4WD start at Bt1,016,000.

Mitsubishi says that the ladder frame in the new Triton has a 65-per cent greater cross-sectional area than in the previous model, offering better bending rigidity and torsional rigidity. By increasing the ratio of high-tensile steel used, weight increase has been minimized.

Power comes from the existing 2.4-liter diesel engine with variable geometry turbocharger capable of producing 181 horsepower at 3,500rpm and 430Nm of torque from 2,250-2,500rpm. An all-new 204-horsepwoer engine with 470Nm of torque is expected to be offered towards the end of the year.

Both six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions are available. The manual comes with shift-by-wire that reduces vibration while the automatic comes with sport mode.

The Super Select 4WD-II system is offered in the Double Cab variants while the Single Cab variants get the Easy Select 4WD system. A torque-sensing limited-slip differential is capable of distributing a 40-60 front-rear power ratio for increased traction.

Models with Super Select 4WD-II also come with automatic drive modes for various conditions such as gravel, mud and sand, as well as AYC (Active Yaw Control) that improves cornering performance by applying light braking to the inside front wheel.

Active Stability Control (ASC) & Traction Control (TCL) is standard on all models as well as Hill Start Assist (HSA).

The suspension comprises of double wishbones up front and leaf springs at the rear. According to Mitsubishi, the mounting for the upper arm of the 4WD model and 2WD High Rider has been moved upward to increase the stroke by 20 mm to improve roadholding and ride comfort. Meanwhile, the rear suspension uses lighter leaf springs and large-diameter dampers to improve ride comfort and durability.

In terms of design, the new Triton stands out with a square and robust front end which appears to have been influenced by sci-fi movies.

The Dynamic Shield front-end design features three-dimensional front grille and fenders, while the daytime running lights resemble a “sharp gaze of a hawk”. There are also a 3D three-light headlights that adds to the modern front design.

The side profile maintains a tough and modern-looking appearance with square wheel arches and large side steps.

At the rear, there are large tail lights with T-shaped illumination and large bumper. Functional design has been incorporated in all aspects to drastically increase utility, including a cabin shape and rear spoiler that improve aerodynamics, more durable door handles that are now bigger and easier to grip, and wider side steps with improved water drainage.

The interior uses many geometric shapes and metallic elements to create a high-contrast and modern space. The instrument panel is designed with the Horizontal Axis concept, which uses horizontally-themed and strong shapes.

Particular attention has been paid to visibility for the monitor, meters, and switches that make use of contrast, and the selectors, dials, and switches all have the optimum level of sensitivity to allow them to be operated easily even while wearing gloves. The steering wheel, grips, and door handles have all been designed based on an approach called Mitsubishi Touch, with a focus on grip comfort and sturdiness.

The center console has two cupholders while the console box can hold four 600ml plastic bottles. The glove box, smartphone holder and other storage for small items are of an ample size that enables easy use even when wearing gloves, and the instrument panel and center console have USB A and C sockets for charging devices, as well as a wireless charger at the bottom of the center part of the instrument panel.

Apple CarPlay/Android Auto is available, with wireless connectivity offered in the Double Cab Plus Ultra variants. There’s a variety of displays such as 10-inch and 9-inch center touchscreens as well as 7-inch and 3.5-inch multi-information displays.

Mitsubishi says that the front seats provide firm lower back support while the shoulder areas provide ease of movement with an open shape, which helps to reduce driver fatigue. The hip point has also been moved 20 mm up compared to the previous model and an upright posture has been adopted to improve visibility from inside the vehicle.

In addition, ingress and egress have been made easier by designing the A-pillar to be more vertical to widen the door openings and widening the side steps while making them a shape that reduces the risk of slipping.

The Mitsubishi Diamond Sense intelligent safety pack including Adaptive Cruise Control and Adaptive High Beam is available for the Double Cab Plus Ultra variants.

Eiichi Koito, president & CEO of Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co Ltd, said, “The all-new Triton is proudly produced and launched in Thailand as a first market in the world. We believe that the Triton has the potential to disrupt the current challenging economic and market conditions, ultimately making a positive impact on our customers’ lives and businesses.”

“The comprehensive Triton lineup consists of variants designed to address all segments of the market,” he added. “It has been developed based on extensive research on customer requirements in Thailand, ensuring it satisfies both passenger and commercial needs.”

Mitsubishi Triton Double Cab 4WD Prime

Price: Bt1,016,000

Engine: 4-cylinder DOHC 16-valve common-rail diesel with variable geometry turbocharger

Displacement: 2,442cc

Max power: 181ps/3,500rpm

Max torque: 430Nm/2,250-2,500rpm

Transmission: 6-speed manual

Suspension (f/r): double wishbone with coil spring and shock absorber/leaf spring

Wheels: 17-inch alloy

Tires: 265/65 R17

4WD system: Super Select 4WD-II (7 drive mode/AYC)

LxWxH: 5,265 x 1,865 x 1,795mm

Ground clearance: 222mm

Min turn radius: 6.2 meters



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