Mitsubishi this week unveiled its all-new Triton ute in Thailand where it will be build, with the sixth-generation model due to land on Aussie shores in February 2024.
Last year, Drive Section published exclusive spy photos showing the new Triton being tested on Aussie roads for the first time, and while that gave away some clues as to how the new model would look, we can now see its radical redesign properly.
Riding on a new platform, the 2024 Mitsubishi Triton is larger than its predecessor, with its new ladder frame chassis having a 65 percent greater cross-sectional area, 40 percent better torsional rigidity, and 60 percent better bending rigidity. The body also lighter than before due to the utilisation of 1180MPa high-tensile steel.
Although single cab and club cab variants are also being offered, all Australian-delivered Tritons at launch will be double cab models. A range of just six colours is available: White Diamond, Solid White, Graphite Gray Metallic, and Jet Black Mica are the basic finishes, while Blade Silver Metallic and the hero Yamabuki Orange Metallic finish are two new finishes the Triton can be optioned with.
It’s also worth noting that Mitsubishi is touting the new Triton’s design as ‘Beast Mode’, with its squared-off proportions, sharp Dynamic Grille fascia, and large solid surfaces along the side of the vehicle aiming to have it look as robust as its new chassis makes it.
That orange hero colour is carried through to the interior on top-spec models, with a blend of orange seat upholstery and stitching accenting the new cabin design, which again takes on a bolder and boxier that reminds somewhat of the new Nissan Pathfinder.
A lot of that resemblance is due to the 7.0-inch semi-digital instrument cluster and 9.0-inch infotainment screen (with wireless Apple CarPlay) being borrowed straight from Nissan due to the two brands’ links in the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. It’s also fitting since the next-gen Nissan Navara will also utilise this platform.
Powering the Triton is an all-new ‘4N16’ engine which is still a 2.4-litre four-cylinder diesel but now features ‘two-stage’ twin-turbocharging to boost power outputs to 150kW along with 470Nm from just 1500rpm. Other markets will also receive single-turbo versions of this engine in 110kW/330Nm and 135kW/430Nm tunes, but the twin-turbo version will be the only one offered in Australia at launch. Likewise, all Australian variants will come paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, while other markets are also given the option of a shift-by-wire six-speed manual.
Four trim levels will be offered at launch, with the base GLX available in 4×2 and 4×4 configurations, while the GLX+, GLS, and GSR will come with 4×4 as standard. The GLS Deluxe option will also remain for the new generation model which adds leather seats into the mix.
Triton fans will be glad to see the innovative Super Select 4WD-II system carried over to 4×4 models, with it offering 2H, on-road 4H with an open centre differential, off-road 4HLc with a locked centre diff, and low-range 4LLc configurations. The rear-wheel drive 2H mode also offers a new Eco drive mode setting, 4H unlocks Gravel and Snow drive modes, 4HLc offers Mud and Sand modes, and 4LLc offers a Rock mode.
4×4 models also adopt Active Yaw Control to improve cornering performance by lightly braking the inside front wheel. 4×2 and 4×4 models both feature a brake-controlled active limited-slip differential as well.
The Triton’s suspension has also been reworked, with its double wishbone front setup seeing the upper suspension mounting arm moved higher to increase the stroke by 20mm to improve road-holding and ride comfort. The leaf-sprung rear suspension has also been tuned to improve ride comfort while retaining its strength by adopting lighter leaf springs and thicker shock absorbers.
As before, the 2024 Mitsubishi Triton will be offered with the brand’s industry-leading 10-year/200,000km warranty, along with 10 years of capped price servicing.
Further details regarding Australian-delivered Triton specifications will be announced closer to its local launch next year, along with exact launch timing and accessory details.
Last year, the Mitsubishi Triton was the third-best-selling ute and fourth-best-selling new vehicle overall with 27,463 sold in Australia. Mitsubishi Motors president and CEO Takao Kato expects production of the new model “to reach 200,000 units in over 100 countries” including in Japan where it will also go on sale in early 2024 after a 12-year absence from Mitsubishi’s home market.
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