Finally, the long wait is over as the vastly improved and impressive Mitsubishi Triton is coming to South African shores around April 2019. The Japanese automaker claims that the revised bakkie offers more powerful styling, an enhanced four-wheel-drive system, and new safety and driver assistance technologies.
The facelifted version has already been revealed in Bangkok as it’s produced at Mitsubishi’s Laem Chabang Plant. Thailand was first on the list where the Triton went on sale this month. They plan to roll it out to 150 countries over the next few months with a sales target of 180 000 cars per year.
Mitsubishi Motors CEO, Osamu Masuko said, “The new Mitsubishi L200 is one of our most important global strategic models. Its success will accelerate the momentum of the company’s sustainable growth. 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 Mitsubishi L200 will meet the diverse needs and wishes of our customers around the world.”
What’s New on the Mitsubishi Triton?
Mitsubishi has done a tremendous job on the styling as the double cab bakkie looks absolutely stunning. While it appears to be the same frame as before, the new Triton’s front end features Mitsubishi’s “Dynamic Shield” design. A fresh, modern look that is synonymous with Mitsubishi’s latest SUVs – the Pajero Sport and Eclipse Cross.
Not only did they design a new front end, but they also reimagined the fenders, rear lights and the basic curves on the sides. Ride height is ample for off-road driving while bigger fenders and 18-inch wheels make a bold and assertive statement. To some, it may even appear more masculine and stylish than some of the competitors in the same segment.
Moving on, the new Triton features an enhanced Super-Select 4WD system that improves traction and handling on all types of surfaces. The Easy-Select 4WD system is also available which makes switching between modes very easy depending on the terrain. Both systems use the new Off-Road mode with settings for Gravel, Mud/Snow, Sand and Rock.
If that’s not enough, drivers get even more assistance navigating steep or slippery descents with Hill Descent Control. The braking performance and feel have also seen an improvement thanks to larger front discs and calipers along with larger rear dampers for a re-tuned ride. According to the automaker, the addition of all these new features delivers an “improved off-road performance”.
Towing capacity identical to the current Triton which is 750 kg (unbraked) and 3100 kg (braked). The new Mitsubishi Triton has the same turning circle as the last model and, unlike some competitors in this category, it doesn’t take too much effort to navigate parking spaces. Steering is accurate and the Triton corners very well for a 4WD brute.
The familiar 2.4-litre turbodiesel engine will power the new Triton with 133 kW and 430 Nm of torque but a new 6-speed automatic transmission replaces the previous 5-speed automatic shifter.
In terms of safety, Mitsubishi also added driver assistance systems such as Forward Collision Mitigation, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System, and a Multi Around Monitor with parking sensors. The monitor delivers a bird’s eye view of the area around the vehicle which is really useful in tight spaces and when driving off-road.
On the inside, the updated cabin reflects a more modern design including new trim for the switch panel and air outlets, soft-touch materials and stitching on the floor console, armrests, and parking brake. The revised interior also includes a better infotainment system and comfort features such as powered seats. Mitsubishi has is packed the Triton with feature updates that make the new version even more competitive in the double-cab bakkie segment.
While there is limited information available regarding an exact price and launch date, keep an eye on our blog for any updates. Be among the first to know about motoring news from around the world.