A new Mitsubishi Triton is set to go on sale in Australia in mid-2015.
Coming in three models, a single cab, space cab and the more popular dual cab, the Triton will be powered by a range of engine options, petrol and diesel and be available in 2WD and 4WD.
One of those options sees a new, all-aluminium 2.4-litre MIVEC turbo diesel will be paired to a new 6-speed manual transmission or 5-speed auto and produce 133kW of power and 430Nm of torque which is decent if not class-leading. Upgraded versions of Triton’s current 2.5-litre diesel and 2.4-litre petrol engines will also be available.
Mitsubishi are calling the new Triton more efficient, safer and offering better “car-like steering performance, quietness, and ride comfort across the LCV class”, yet they say it will still offer the durability and load-carrying capacity required of a work ute. Suspension is double wishbone in the front end and leaf-springs at the back while the turning circle swings in at 5.9m, impressive for this vehicle class.
Interior space is a boasting point for Mitsubishi who say additional comfort is offered with sound insulation for significantly improved cabin quietness.
Towing capacity is still unknown. The current Triton sits at 3000kg however Ranger, BT-50 and Colorado offer 3500kg and it is expected the all-new 2015-released Hilux and Navaras will aim to compete with that. It makes sense that Triton will too.
Some motoring media have reported there will be three spec-levels on offer (GL, GLS, GLX) with standard features across the range including ABS, hill start assist and electronic brake force distribution. 4WD models will have active stability and traction control as standard. Expect a 7-inch LCD with satnav on the top spec GLS model.
Further details and pricing will be announced closer to launch in mid-2015.