Pick-up trucks were not always cool but in the current era, this isn’t the case anymore. The sales of pick up trucks are blooming and if you look at your surroundings while you’re driving, there is a pick-up truck nearby you. Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia gave the Triton a refresh it needed and I must say that it won a spot in my heart. Gone is the softer, gently curved of the previous model, replaced instead by a bold, sharp and entirely modern fascia that is almost concept-car in its look.
The front stars the Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield which has the slim headlamps integrated into the grille while the big fog lamp and signal lamp cluster were pushed to the side. The bold look is completed with the taller bonnet which is 100mm higher than before. The Triton now has squarer wheel arches with great side sculpting and at the rear now has got a distinctive LED signature tail light, symmetrical tailgate which a metal bumper.
Under the hood is the MIVEC 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine which produces 181PS and 430Nm of torque. Compared to its larger engine rival, the Triton will outgun them while drinking lesser fuel and this is all thanks to the aluminum construction and the variable valve timing & lift technology which is unique to the Triton. The Triton feels punchier and better than what Mitsubishi figures suggest and the engine feels responsive throughout the rev range.
The new Triton comes with an all-new six-speed gearbox which is a huge improvement over the old five-speed unit as it makes all the right decisions selecting the gear around town or on the highway to get the best out of the engine. This provides the pick-up truck with a combined fuel economy of 8.6 liters per 100km which is good numbers for a pick-up truck weighing close to two-tonnes
The 2019 Triton also gets the Super Select 4WD II which allows the pick-up truck to operate in two-wheel drive 2H mode but it is also capable of driving in four-wheel-drive 4H mode on regular tarred roads and this is the only pick-up truck in the market which is capable to do so. Changing between 2H and 4H or vice versa can be done while on the move with speeds of up to 100 km/h. There is the 4HLC and 4LLC mode which is used when you are traveling on rougher and muddy trails.
Mitsubishi has gone all out in giving the Triton almost every modern driver safety aid available today such as the Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Hill Descent Control (HDC), Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System (UMS), Blind Spot Warning with Lane Change Assist (BSW & LCA), Auto High Beam (AHB) and seven airbags in a pick-up truck. The safety system in the Triton proves that Mitsubishi cares for its driver and passenger.
The Mitsubishi Triton has always been the class leader in the comfort section and with the new Triton, it set the bar even higher. The build quality is excellent and it is free of any squeaks. The steering column now has a telescopic adjustment, the steering wheel is wrapped with leather accompanied by the EVO style column-mounted paddle shifters. Door panels are also wrapped in nicely stitched leather and there is a soft leather padding for your knee to rest on instead of plastics. The new Triton also included rear air-conditioning vents which are flushed to the roof lining and rear USB charging port
Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia is in the right direction with the new Mitsubishi Triton as it looks sharp and has tons of safety features included for a fair price. The Triton that we tested has a price tag of RM 137,900 and it comes with five years warranty or 200,000km. Go and test drive the new Mitsubishi Triton at any authorize dealers and see what the Triton is all about.