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Next-generation Mitsubishi Triton – South African launch date revealed

Mitsubishi has announced that the next-generation Triton is earmarked for a South African launch in the third quarter of 2024, around a year after it was first unveiled.

The company previously confirmed to TopAuto that the new bakkie will arrive locally in single and double-cab formats, but not as a club-cab due to owners no longer being able to claim VAT deductions on this body style, akin to the current-gen Triton.

Alongside the next-gen bakkie, Mitsubishi will also introduce its new entry-level crossover to the country in Q3, namely the Xforce, which is set to replace the ASX in our market.

The local pricing, specifications, and model line-ups of these vehicles will only be revealed closer to the time of their respective debuts.

What to expect

The new Triton is equipped with the brand’s thoroughly tested 2.4-litre, turbocharged diesel motor that is paired with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

The setup has three output levels depending on the model, comprising:

  • 110kW and 330Nm
  • 135kW and 430Nm
  • 150kW and 470Nm

All three configurations are available in two-wheel and four-wheel drive (4WD), and each version benefits from a reworked suspension system with improved road-holding capabilities and ride comfort, an active limited-slip differential (LSD), as well as hill-start and descent assist.

The 4WD Tritons feature a revised version of the Super Select II and Easy Select systems that incorporate a centre torque-sensing LSD that sends 40% of power to the front axle and 60% to the rear, as well as a new Active Yaw Control programme which improves cornering performance by applying light braking to the inside front wheel when turning.

The top-spec versions were also on the receiving end of an electronic power-steering system that affords better control at low speeds, more feedback at high speeds, and improved safety and comfort.

The ladder-frame chassis of the next-gen Triton now provides much higher levels of torsional and bending rigidity in comparison to the outgoing model, which according to Mitsubishi, not only enhances ride comfort and handling performance but also makes the bakkie safer during a collision.

In terms of design, it boasts a blockier appearance than before to reinforce the idea of a tough look, a three-dimensional Dynamic Shield grille, skinny tri-section LED headlight clusters, a more vertical A-pillar that allows the doors to open wider than before, as well as a raked windshield and small rear spoiler that improves aerodynamics.

This is completed by bigger and more durable door handles, wider side steps with improved water drainage, and 18-inch aluminium alloy wheels.

Furthermore, the Mitsubishi’s load box grew 35mm in length to 1,555mm, and 44mm in width to 1,544mm, it was lowered by 45mm to 820mm for easier access and loading, and the upper surface of the rear bumper corner was enlarged and reinforced with a frame to be used as a foot space.

The horizontal design language of the exterior continues inside the cabin of the new Triton with a flattened dashboard that improves outward visibility, rectangular aircon vents, and horizontal rows of buttons for radio and aircon controls.

The new front seats provide better lower back support and more shoulder room to help reduce driver fatigue, and focus was placed on “professionals” through the addition of ample storage space, larger cupholders, file and tablet holders, and soft-touch pads in main contact areas.

Depending on the chosen variant, the Mitsubishi now also comes with adaptive cruise control, forward-collision mitigation, blind-spot warning with lane-change assist, rear-cross traffic alert, and a touchscreen infotainment system that supports Mitsubishi Connect, which offers smartphone mirroring, a car finder, as well as the ability for owners to check the remaining fuel and oil volumes, drive history, the condition of the vehicle, and switch on cabin pre-conditioning before a trip directly from their smartphone.

A wide range of accessories has been created for the more discerning buyers, including a grille emblem, sports bar, wheel arch mouldings, bed liner, and side door and fuel-lid garnishing, however, the local availability of these remains to be confirmed.

Next-gen Mitsubishi Triton

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