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mitsubishi s triton is ready to stare down the competition

Mitsubishi’s Triton is ready to stare down the competition

Apart from that chiseled chin, the Triton’s finally packing all the bells and whistles a modern urban pick-up needs

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Dinesh Appavu

30 Jan 2019

You’d be forgiven for letting slip your mind that Mitsubishi still sells cars here. Well, actually “cars” is rather inaccurate as well since their entire lineup consists solely of pick-ups and SUVs. The former has been given a major refresh with an imposing face and tech that should see it leap ahead of the pick-up segment.

Having been previewed at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2018 and the Bangkok Motor Show prior, the new Mitsubishi Triton was officially launched today with five variants available and a face that some might say only a mother could love.

Sitting atop the Triton food chain is the Triton Adventure X (RM135,200), followed by the Triton AT Premium (RM118,600), Triton MT Premium (RM112,500), Triton AT (RM105,990) and lastly the Triton MT (RM100,200). All units are imported from Thailand and is tagged with a five-year/200,000 km warranty.

Although it packs a ton of tech within, you’d be forgiven for losing yourself in that chiseled face that screams fine bone structure. The Dynamic Shield design language; as Mitsubishi calls it, is one for the future and looks like it too; exuding a concept car aura.

The gaping lower end of the front elevates the Bi-LED headlights 700mm from the ground. LED DRLs join halogen fog lights on the flagship trims. Dimension wise, the Triton is now 10mm longer but more importantly, 15kh lighter.

Power comes from a familiar face (pun intended). The 2.4-litre Mivec VGT engine turbodiesel from its predecessor makes 181hp and 430Nm of torque here. A welcome leap forward in drivetrain tech is the addition of an extra gear for a six-speed automatic that puts it on par with its peers.

Ride comfort was one of the previous Triton’s USPs and Mitsubishis is looking build on that reputation by engineering some larger diameter rear dampers to further butter up the ride; especially for the rear occupants. Brakes have been beefed up as well with larger diameter front rotors and larger calipers.

Inside the office, the layout remains largely unaltered but with some soft touch materials strategically placed at high-contact points such as the door cards. Rear occupants once again get a little more love with ceiling-mounted recirculating vents that have its ow fan controls.

A decently sized cubby hole sits behind the centre armrest with two USB ports for the rear passengers.

Safety though is where Mitsubishi spent the most attention in the facelift exercise. The Triton now packs Forward Collision Mitigation that functions up to 60kph, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Hill Descent Control and Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System are new additions as well; the latter working to ensure you don’t drive or reverse into a wall or car in front or behind your Triton though the reverse camera would help as well.

Of course, all these new safety tech complements the standard Active Stability Control and Traction Control. Completing the safety count are seven airbags for the Adventure X whilst the rest make do with just two. Isofix anchorage points are standard across the range.