Mitsubishi Motors is busy testing the final phase of its next generation Triton / L200 with a disclosure expected before the end of Japan’s current financial year in March 2023.
As one of Australia’s best-selling vehicles, a Triton Very interested in the local market.
The larger new model will feature a much more modern interior, next-generation diesel engine and will ultimately leverage Mitsubishi’s expertise in plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technology.
The new Triton will be the foundation of the next generation Nissan Navarawith the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance working to reduce overlap.
Mitsubishi used its ‘Small but Beautiful’ business plan, released in June 2020 and updated in May 2021, to explain that it will unveil the new Triton in the 2022-23 financial year. .
Japan’s fiscal year runs from April 1 to March 31, so a launch before March 2023 is justified. That said, we live in an age of procrastination…
Without giving away much, the company says it is working on “next-generation diesel engines” and plans to “improve the performance of the chassis model” – referring to body-on ladder chassis models. -frame.
With Mitsubishi considering ASEAN and Oceania as its key regions, expect a local launch fairly soon after the reveal.
At the beginning of July this year, our European spy photographers captured some photos of this new model for the first time, in camouflage and undergoing winter testing.
That suggests much of the development work has already been done, with physical prototypes being used more today for fine-tuning and honing processes at a later stage, when computer programs have matured. succeed in their work.
Beneath the camouflage, it looks like the new model is a bit longer overall and in terms of wheelbase, and potentially wider since the current model is rather narrow by today’s standards.
The rear doors seem to offer a larger aperture, suggesting more comfort for the second row.
A new version of the current Triton’s signature strong shoulder line will be present, as will the rear side window that still pops up near the c-pillar.
The new clamshell bonnet design looks different, but the ‘Dynamic Shield’ grille and slim light details look more evolutionary than revolutionary. The rear window also looks a bit larger.
Australia is not only the leading market for Triton vehicle sales, but has also played an important role in its development.
“Triton is a really important product for us and it is a really important product for MMC globally, so we have been a part of that project from day one.” Product Strategy Manager of Mitsubishi Australia Owen Thomson tell us.
That means local development and validation as well as input to the design from a very early stage using market research and customer feedback.
“The other issue is how the car drives, especially around the suspension. We have great diversity in geography and conditions, not only in our terrain but also in our road conditions.
“We believe…if it works in Australia, it can work anywhere,” concluded Mr Thomson.
Initially, diesel engines were expected to be the focus, however, it is certain that Mitsubishi will expand its famous PHEV technology into a commercial application. Company confirmed so much.
“It’s clear that sometime in this decade there will be all forms of electrification of the utes, it’s just a matter of which form will happen and when it will happen,” Mr. Thomson explained.
“It’s been considered since day one of the Triton plan.”
Plug-in hybrids offer everyday electric driving with a backup internal combustion engine for longer journeys. The built-in battery enables vehicle charging and can power other tools and devices.
The proposed next-generation Triton Plug-in Hybrid will compare with the PHEV version of the Ranger powered by Ford’s next-generation Australian engine, Confirmed to launch in 2024 focus on Europe’s strict CO2 limit.
Mitsubishi says PHEV is an important gateway for wider use of electric vehicles (EVs) in the Australian market, but adds not all commercial car buyers will want the technology.
Mitsubishi seems most likely to offer some top-of-the-line Triton, to serve as a halo model. Being practical is not enough, you need to want to sell in this market…
The Mitsubishi Ralliart team recently revealed a current generation Triton-based off-road racer for the 2022 Asian Cross Country Race (AXCR), marking the return of the Japanese brand in the field of motorsport.
Keener followers may also recall the 2019 Triton Absolute concept, an upgraded and appreciated concept that Triton was designed to “assess public interest and feedback”.
A financially conservative company like Mitsubishi doesn’t bother doing either of these unless there is some real-world involvement with the programs. See this space…