Rad­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion beefs up dura­bil­ity and reli­a­bil­ity


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Mit­subishi’s Triton life­style pick-up has un­der­gone a rad­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion. The only thing that stops us and Mit­subishi from de­scrib­ing it as to­tally new is the fact that be­neath the daz­zling skin is a carry over lad­der-type frame com­bined with the high im­pact-safety cabin from the cur­rent model which launched lo­cally in Jan­uary 2017.

It’s a sig­nif­i­cant de­par­ture from the cur­rent styling and it’s now in-line with Mit­subishi’s eye-catch­ing “Dy­namic Shield” de­sign lan­guage that de­buted with the cur­rent Pa­jero Sport range. There’s also a cabin restyle that ex­presses “a mod­ern and ro­bust feel­ing” with frame sur­round­ings for the switch panel and air out­lets, soft pad ma­te­ri­als and arm­rests.

Listed tech­nol­ogy and spec in­cludes a Multi Around Monitor which gen­er­ates a bird’s-eye view image of the area around the ve­hi­cle and Park­ing Sen­sors. Ad­vanced ac­tive safety and driver as­sis­tance sys­tems in­clude For­ward Col­li­sion Mit­i­ga­tion (FCM), which can de­tect ve­hi­cles and pedes­tri­ans ahead, Blind Spot Warn­ing, Rear Cross Traf­fic Alert and Ul­tra­sonic Misac­cel­er­a­tion Mit­i­ga­tion Sys­tem (UMS) a sys­tem tasked with re­duc­ing ac­ci­dents re­sult­ing from im­proper use of the ac­cel­er­a­tor when mov­ing off or re­vers­ing in con­fined spaces.

Me­chan­i­cally, the com­pany says 4WD mod­els can be equipped with ei­ther Su­perS­elect 4WD a man­u­ally se­lectable op­tion of the twospeed trans­fer case or EasyS­elect 4WD, which re­lies on sim­pli­fied drive modes for dif­fer­ent road sur­faces. How­ever, both trans­mis­sions use a new Off-road Mode which has Gravel, Mud/Snow, Sand and Rock in 4LLc only set­tings.

The Off-road Mode in­te­grally con­trols en­gine power, trans­mis­sion and brak­ing to reg­u­late the amount of wheel slip for all­ter­rain per­for­mance and self­ex­trac­tion per­for­mance in mud or snow. Hill De­scent Con­trol elec­tron­i­cally mar­shals speed to al­low driv­ers to ne­go­ti­ate steep or slip­pery de­scents.

Some de­tails about this hand­some look­ing pick-up re­main sketchy for now but Mit­subishi adds that it has re­fined key bits, such as brak­ing per­for­mance where feel and op­er­a­tion is im­proved, larger front discs and calipers, and fur­ther prom­ise of an im­proved ride qual­ity thanks to larger rear dampers that boast more damp­ing oil.

Al­though in­for­ma­tion on en­gines is with­held, the com­pany has con­firmed that there will be a switch to a six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion from the cur­rent five-speed auto, the chase be­ing smoother, more pow­er­ful ac­cel­er­a­tion and im­proved over­all re­fine­ment.

On the oc­ca­sion of the world pre­miere, Mit­subishi Mo­tors CEO Osamu Ma­suko said: “The new Mit­subishi Triton is one of our most im­por­tant global strate­gic mod­els. Its suc­cess will ac­cel­er­ate the mo­men­tum of the com­pany’s sus­tain­able growth. The new model brings en­hance­ments to the dura­bil­ity, reli­a­bil­ity and com­fort de­vel­oped over the 40 years since the in­tro­duc­tion of the series. I am con­fi­dent the new Mit­subishi Triton will meet the di­verse needs and wishes of our cus­tomers around the world.”

The new Mit­subishi Triton is sched­uled to be rolled out in the fourth quar­ter of 2019, with SA sales ex­pected be­tween the first and se­cond quar­ter of 2020.

The com­pany’s new suit is known as Dy­namic Shield. Left: The cabin is not a great de­par­ture from the cur­rent model. En­hance­ments in­clude soft touch pan­els.

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