Its no secret, Malaysians love their pickup trucks. Unlike the pure utilitarian and strictly workhorse nature of their previous iterations, the current crop of pick up trucks are nothing short of a style statement. Nissan’s Navara offers a fully independent rear end and comfortable leather cabin, Ford’s Ranger comes with the stylish Wildtrek guise and the frankly mad Ranger Raptor set up too. Even the Hilux is extremely refined and a far cry from its Mad Max like origin. Now it’s Mitsubishi Malaysia’s lone hero, the Triton to undergo its share of changes.
This year we finally get to see the major changes the Mitsubishi Triton has undergone. Mitsubishi Malaysia launched the new Triton at the 1 Utama shopping complex on the 30st of January 2019. With prices starting from RM100,200 to RM135,200, there may be lots to take in but here’s Allcarschannel’s rundown on 5 hot things you have to know about the new Triton
First has to be the way it looks. Aesthetics is a very subjective matter as what might appeal to you may not appeal to us and vice versa. But my god does the Triton look futuristic now. It’s truly 21st century. From its slim lights, squared off ‘Optimus Prime’ like front facia, clean cut rims and lashings of chrome up front, it certainly stand out from the sea of “Hailak’s” you see on Malaysian roads.
2. The 4 4Sure pillars
Spearheading the Triton’s charge into the Malaysian market is its 4Sure tagline which is made of 4Sure Power, 4Sure Control, 4Sure Agility and 4Sure safety. On the Power front, you now have a 2.4 liter MIVEC turbodiesel unit putting out 181PS and 430Nm torque via a 6 speed automatic transmission. Ensuring total control of all that power is 4Sure Control in the form of the Super-Select 4WD II (that’s so Mitsubishi!). Basically a knob in the center console sorts the cars drive terrain to ensure optimum transfer of power and forward progress on terrains like gravel, mud, sand and rock. It even has Hill Descent Control, helpful when you’re trekking on less than ideal surfaces.
3. Safety standards just went up
The current Triton has a slew of electronic aids to make it a safer car on the roads, both for occupants and other road users. For instance there’s the Forward Collision Mitigation, Lane Change Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring, and the Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System (UMS). These are all systems that alerts the driver if they are about to drive into something or someone which they are unaware of. When you’re driving a truck this size with full load, this can be a handy feature.
4. Turn around and around and around…….
It’s got the best in class turning radius of just 5.9 meters. And how is that relevant? When you are on a Pasar Pagi street, factory unit, the pier of a port picking up or dropping off stuff, a small turning radius is a life saver. The last thing you want is to go back and forth in a multi-point turn maneuver trying to get your Triton to face the right direction. So yes it’s truly a party trick up the sleeves.
5. The longest warranty period in the Biz
With 200,000km or 5 year warranty coverage, it’s the only Pick Up truck in the 2.4 liter category to offer such a package. In fact, its more competitive than the rest of its competition. This is very helpful because the amount of miles a working truck racks up in just two years of ownership can easily exceed 100,000km.
While these are the first impression we have on the Mitsubishi Triton, we have yet to see how it will actually behave on the road when compared to the rest of its rivals. It would be interesting to see how these new updates manifest in daily real world conditions. Otherwise these 5 points are good enough to warrant a visit to a Mitsubishi showroom.