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Mitsubishi Triton 2019 revealed

The new Triton now features Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield design found on the ASX, Outlander and related Pajero Sport.
Tim Nicholson
Contributing Journalist

9 Nov 2018 • 5 min read

Mitsubishi has ripped the covers from its facelifted Triton that is set to hit Australian showrooms in January 2019, with the updated pick-up ushering in a fresh front-end design, more active safety features and a new six-speed automatic transmission.

The biggest change for the updated Triton is the new ‘Dynamic Shield’ front fascia that incorporates higher-set slimline headlights, a revised lower bumper, more sculpted bonnet and an updated grille with chrome flourishes.

This design theme is found on most of Mitsubishi’s SUV models including the ASX, Eclipse Cross, Outlander and the related Pajero Sport.

The biggest change for the updated Triton is the new ‘Dynamic Shield’ front fascia. The biggest change for the updated Triton is the new ‘Dynamic Shield’ front fascia.

Mitsubishi says the front end “uses a horizontal/vertical motif and beefier chrome parts to give a sense of powerful rigidity in a design that echoes the ‘Engineered beyond Tough’ development concept.”

Australian pricing and specification are still yet to be announced, but higher-spec variants gain bi-functional LED headlights, and the foglights have also been raised to protect the lighting elements from stone chips and high-water crossings, according to Mitsubishi.

The rear bumper has been streamlined and is now integrated into the bodywork, and the bed sides and tail-lights have been restyled. 

There are fewer changes inside the new Triton, but it gains silver detailing and soft-touch materials.

It also features a double-stitched finish on the front seat armrest, knee pads, console lid, brake lever and shifter. The door trims are now slightly thicker than the outgoing model.

Second-row occupants now have access to a USB outlet and a roof-mounted air vent with four levels of airflow adjustment, while trays have been fitted around the centre console for smartphone or tablet stowage.

Mitsubishi has increased the Thai-built Triton’s rigidity and added more sound-proofing and noise- and vibration-absorbing materials to improve cabin noise levels.

The Japanese carmaker has increased available safety systems, which includes the addition of a camera- and radar-based front collision mitigation system with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring with lane-change assist, rear cross-traffic alert and ‘Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation’ that helps prevent unintended motion.

A surround-view 'Multi-Around Monitor' will be offered as an option, at least in some international markets, while front and rear parking sensors will be offered and a reversing camera will carry over.

Mitsubishi’s on-the-fly 'Easy Select' 4WD system with four modes including rear-drive, four-wheel-drive, and high- and low-range 4WD will also carry over from the previous model.

When switched to all-wheel drive mode, the Triton now features an 'Off-Road Mode' that allows specific terrain selection between Gravel, Mud/Snow, Sand and Rock settings for improved control.

The Triton now features an 'Off-Road Mode' that allows specific terrain selection. The Triton now features an 'Off-Road Mode' that allows specific terrain selection.

The Triton is now fitted with hill descent control which operates at speeds up to 20km/h in 4WD modes.

The suspension system mostly carries over, namely a double wishbone front and leaf spring rear set-up, but Mitsubishi says it has tweaked it to improve comfort, largely due to to bigger rear dampers.

On overseas models fitted with 18-inch wheels, the brakes have been upgraded and now use larger ventilated discs with two-piston calipers.

Powered by the carryover 2.4-litre turbo-diesel engine, the new Triton produces its peak 133kW of power at 3500rpm and maximum 430Nm of torque from 2500rpm. A 2.4-litre petrol engine is still available.

While the facelifted Triton is offered with a carryover six-speed manual and five-speed automatic transmission, a new six-ratio self-shifter with a Sport mode will also be offered in the new version.

The new Triton is offered in four new colours – 'White Diamond', 'Graphite Grey', 'Passion Orange' and red – while white, 'Silver Metallic', 'Black Mica', 'Blue Metallic' and 'Brown Metallic' carry over.

The Triton is Mitsubishi Australia’s best-selling model, with 20,492 sales to the end of October, which makes up about 29 per cent of its overall registrations.

In the super-competitive pick-up segment, the Triton trails the market-leading Toyota HiLux (43,163) and Ford Ranger (35,310), and is currently outpacing Nissan’s Navara (13,444) and the Holden Colorado (15,400).

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