The most recent Triton combines a classic manual, diesel-powered, single-cab arrangement with contemporary features such as a touchscreen and adaptive cruise control.
In 2009, Mitsubishi withdrew from the truck market in the United States after discontinuing the Dodge Dakota–based Raider. Instead, the company shifted its focus to budget-friendly models like the Mirage and crossovers such as the Outlander. However, in international markets, Mitsubishi continues to be a prominent player in the mid-size truck segment. Recently, they unveiled the latest generation of the Triton, a popular choice in Southeast Asia. The Triton, known as the L200 in certain regions, will not be available in the United States. Its traditional design serves as a reminder of how the preferences in the U.S. truck market have evolved over the past decade.
While major American automakers like Ford and Chevy have transitioned to selling their mid-size trucks exclusively in crew-cab configurations, Mitsubishi remains committed to offering the Triton with versatile options, including single-cab and extended “Club cab” setups. The Triton’s body sits on a ladder-frame chassis, which Mitsubishi claims is notably more rigid than its predecessor, yet the weight increase is kept to a minimum. The front end features an unequal-length control arm suspension, while the rear continues to utilize a leaf-spring setup, albeit with beefed-up shocks for the new generation.
Beneath the Triton’s hood, you’ll find a newly introduced turbocharged 2.4-liter diesel four-cylinder engine available in three different output levels. The most powerful variant generates an impressive 201 horsepower and a robust 347 pound-feet of torque at 1500 rpm. Additionally, there’s a 181-hp, 317-pound-foot version and a base engine with 148 hp and 243 pound-feet of torque. Mitsubishi pairs the diesel engine with a six-speed automatic transmission, but they also still provide the option of a six-speed manual transmission, complete with a hill start assist function.
The Triton comes standard with rear-wheel drive, but Mitsubishi offers the option to equip it with their advanced Super Select 4WD-II system. This system includes a two-speed transfer case and a center limited-slip differential, distributing 60 percent of torque to the rear wheels and 40 percent to the front wheels. The truck boasts an impressive array of drive and terrain modes, along with differential lock settings and hill descent assist. Additionally, the Triton features an Active Yaw Control function that utilizes torque vectoring to brake the inside front wheel during cornering, enhancing its handling.
In terms of design, the Triton showcases a boxy appearance complemented by LED daytime running lights, which Mitsubishi describes as resembling the sharp gaze of a hawk, positioned above the main headlight units. The squared-off wheel arches and defined belt line contribute to its robust and rugged appearance. Inside the cabin, the Triton exhibits a simple and straightforward design, incorporating a touchscreen atop the dashboard, which seems to be influenced by some elements borrowed from partial owners Nissan.
Fortunately, the Triton retains a substantial number of physical buttons that are designed to be easily operated even while wearing gloves, according to Mitsubishi. Inside the cabin, you’ll find a host of convenient features, including USB-A and USB-C charging ports, as well as a wireless charger. The truck’s usability is further enhanced with wider side steps and a more vertical A-pillar, improving ingress and egress.
In terms of technology, the Triton comes equipped with modern amenities such as adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and various other driver-assistance features. Mitsubishi intends to offer a wide range of accessories, allowing buyers to personalize their Triton according to their preferences. The truck has already been launched in Thailand, with Mitsubishi’s primary focus on the Southeast Asian and Oceania regions.
While there are no immediate plans to introduce the Triton to the U.S., recent reports indicate that Mitsubishi is exploring the American truck market. If there is sufficient interest from U.S. truck buyers, the company may consider bringing some form of truck model, potentially even an electric pickup as outlined in their future product plans, to the American market.
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