A thoroughly updated version of the Mitsubishi Triton has finally been revealed, with the Japanese automaker claiming the refreshed bakkie offers “more powerful styling”, an enhanced four-wheel-drive system and new safety and driver assistance systems.
The updated bakkie will launch first in Thailand, before being rolled out to some 150 other markets (including South Africa, although timing has yet to be established).
From what we can tell, the 133 kW/430 N.m 2,4-litre turbodiesel continues unchanged, although automatic versions of the vehicle will switch from the current five-speed to a six-speed transmission.
While it runs on the same ladder-type frame as before, the bakkie’s front end now features Mitsubishi’s so-called “Dynamic Shield” design, a visage similar to the one worn by Mitsubishi’s latest SUVs, such as the Pajero Sport and Eclipse Cross. Styling changes have been made round back, too.
Meanwhile, the updated cabin gains new trim surrounds for the switch panel and air outlets, with new soft-touch materials added to items such as the armrests as well.
Buyers of the four-wheel-drive versions of the refreshed Mitsubishi Triton will be able to opt for either the Super-Select 4WD arrangement or the Easy-Select 4WD system, the latter “simplifying switching between drive modes for different road surfaces”.
Both systems gain a new off-road mode that boasts gravel, mud/snow, sand and rock (in 4LLc only) settings. With the addition of these new features, the automaker claims both systems deliver “improved off-road performance”.
Various new safety and driver assistance items – such as forward collision mitigation, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert and ultrasonic misacceleration mitigation – will be offered on the redesigned bakkie. A “multi around monitor”, which delivers a bird’s eye view image of the area around the vehicle, is also on the cards.
Other changes include an apparent improvement in braking performance and feel thanks to the use of larger front discs and callipers, as well as a retuned ride thanks to larger rear dampers.