After affording a preview of the model at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2018 in December last year, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) has officially introduced the new Triton in a launch ceremony at 1 Utama Shopping Mall.
“Pickup trucks are the foundation of Mitsubishi Motors and the company has been producing pick-ups since 1978. Over 40 years, much experience has been gained not only in engineering reliable and durable vehicles but also understanding the needs of diverse customers,” said CEO of MMM Tomoyuki Shinnishi at the launch. “As such, Mitsubishi Motors has been able to keep improving the vehicles and today, we are proud to introduce the new Mitsubishi Triton as the fifth generation of a successful line of pickup trucks.”
He added that the sales target for this year of 600 units a month, with an expected increase of 28% in Triton sales.
COO of MMM Ilham Helmi (left) and CEO of MMM Tomoyuki Shinnishi
“With the concept of ‘Engineered Beyond Tough’, the project team strived to offer a vehicle which would be trend-setting, tough and safe. The new Triton adopted four pillars under the 4Sure Handling USPs: 4Sure Power; 4Sure Control; 4Sure Agility; and 4Sure Safety. With these four pillars, customers are assured of a vehicle that is built to high standards and performance,” Shinnishi revealed.
Priced between RM100,200 and RM135,200, the new Triton comes in five variants and four colours. Externally, the vehicle wears the freshest take on Mitsubishi Motors Dynamic Shield design language, with bold, angular lines a predominant feature. It’s a nice style evolution from the previous Tritons, without too much of a departure from the older Tritons’ iconic style ethos. In fact, the side profile shows that the ‘J line’ of the rear doors’ trailing edge is still preserved.
Inside, comfort and convenience underpin the easy-on-the-eyes cabin. There’s much-appreciated soft padding in the armrest and knee pads, with double-stitching adding some visual ardour. New in the Triton are a rear smartphone charger and storage, and an air circulator with individual vents. Elsewhere, there is push start ignition, an ICE touchscreen boasting voice command as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and a multi-information display.
The 4Sure gamut of technology is the result of Mitsubishi’s efforts to ensure that the pickup is well-equipped to handle almost anything thrown at it. These four cores are detailed below, in Mitsubishi’s words:
4Sure Power: The new Triton is powered by the award-winning 2.4-litre MIVEC turbodiesel engine with aluminum block for optimum performance and efficiency. The strong output of 181PS of power and 430Nm of torque is delivered to four wheels through a new 6-speed automatic transmission has also been added to improve driving efficiency and flexibility as well as providing seamless shifting.
4Sure Control: The new Triton is equipped with Mitsubishi Motor’s Super-Select 4WD II system, developed with decades of experience in off-road competition such as the Dakar Rally. The intelligent and robust system delivers optimum traction and handling characteristics over all surfaces. The Super-Select 4WD II system has a new Off-road Mode increased capability in different off-road conditions such as gravel, mud, sand and rock. When engaged, Off-road Mode regulates engine power, transmission and braking for optimum wheel traction in various terrains conditions. Additionally, Hill Descent Control automatically applies brakes on downhill terrain, allowing the driver to focus on steering operations.
4Sure Agility: Although the Triton is long and large, the iconic J-Line design enables exceptional manoeuvrability, especially with a best-in-class turning radius of 5.9 metres. This allows it to have better agility on the road as well as being able to get around tight off-road situations and during parking. The J-Line design makes it possible for such manoeuvrability without compromising on cabin space or load space.
4Sure Safety: The new Triton has a high-durability, high-reliability ladder-type frame and high impact safety cabin structure to provide the occupants with the best possible protection during an accident. This is complemented by class-leading advanced active safety and driver assistance systems that include Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM), which can detect vehicles and pedestrians ahead; Blind Spot Warning with Lane Change Assist (BSW with LCA), which helps avoid colliding with another vehicle when changing lanes by detecting vehicles behind or at the rear quarter and alerting the driver with an audible alert and flashing light in the left or right door mirrors.
An Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System (UMS) is now fitted to help reduce accidents resulting from improper use of the accelerator when moving off or reversing in carparks and other confined spaces. This system sounds a buzzer and displays a warning if front or rear sensors detect a nearby obstacle. Engine output is also automatically controlled if the driver suddenly accelerates during such situation.
Also helping to enhance safety is Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) which helps avoid collisions when reversing by scanning the area on either side. If a vehicle is detected approaching, the driver will be alerted to take appropriate action. As before, a rearview camera is also provided which gives a view of the area directly behind the vehicle.
For convenience and added safety, the new Triton has an Auto High Beam system. The camera sensor detects oncoming vehicles and automatically switches to low beams so as not to dazzle other drivers. This allows the high beams to operate automatically for better illumination of the road at night.
The new Triton is imported as a CBU vehicle from Mitsubishi Motors’ global production hub in Thailand. It is the only pickup truck (up to 2.4-litre category in the Malaysian market) with a 200,000km or 5-year warranty.
As an introductory offer to celebrate the launch of the all-new Triton, the first 1,000 customers will receive an exclusive limited edition Thule Subterra Luggage worth RM2,000.
Price list at the launch is as below:
Triton Adventure X
White Diamond, Jet Black Mica
Triton AT Premium
White Diamond, Graphite Gray
Triton MT Premium
White Diamond, Graphite Gray
White Diamond, Sterling Silver
White Diamond, Sterling Silver
- Prices are quoted on-the-road without insurance (10% SST inclusive) for individual private owners only in Peninsular Malaysia and not applicable in duty free zones.