Mitsubishi Motors is busily late-stage testing its next-generation Triton/L200 ute, with an anticipated reveal earlier than the top of the present Japanese monetary yr in March 2023.
As one among Australia’s top-selling autos, a brand new Triton is of intense curiosity within the native market.
This bigger new mannequin will provide a way more trendy inside, a new-generation diesel engine, and will make use of Mitsubishi’s experience in plug-in hybrid (PHEV) expertise – ultimately.
The brand new Triton will type the idea of the next-generation Nissan Navara, with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance pushing laborious to cut back overlap.
It’s not clear how differentiated they’ll be from a design standpoint: they could possibly be very totally different like the brand new Ranger and Volkswagen Amarok siblings, or just like behold just like the Isuzu D-Max and Mazda BT-50 twins.
Mitsubishi used its ‘Small however Lovely’ marketing strategy, launched in June 2020 and up to date in Might 2021, to clarify it might reveal the brand new Triton in FY2022-23.
The Japanese monetary yr goes from April 1 to March 31, so a launch by March 2023 is on the playing cards. That stated, we do dwell within the age of delays…
With out giving a lot away, the corporate stated it was engaged on a “subsequent era diesel” and deliberate “enchancment of body mannequin efficiency” – referring to body-on-frame ladder chassis fashions.
Given Mitsubishi considers ASEAN and Oceania as its key areas, anticipate a neighborhood launch fairly quickly after the reveal.
In the beginning of July this yr our Europe-based spy photographers grabbed some snaps of this new mannequin for the primary time, in disguise and present process winter testing.
That means a lot of the event work is completed, with bodily prototypes today used extra for later-stage refinements and honing, as soon as laptop applications have finished their work.
Beneath the camouflage, it appears to be like like the brand new mannequin is a bit longer general and by way of wheelbase, and doubtlessly wider given the present mannequin is kind of slim by at the moment’s requirements.
These again doorways look to supply a bigger aperture, suggesting higher second-row consolation.
A brand new model of the present Triton’s signature robust shoulder line will characteristic, so too will the rear-side window which nonetheless kicks up close to the c-pillar.
The brand new clamshell bonnet design appears to be like totally different, however the ‘Dynamic Protect’ grille and slim mild singatures look extra evolutionary than revolutionary. The again window additionally appears to be like slightly bigger.
Australia isn’t only a main marketplace for Triton gross sales, it additionally performs a job in improvement.
“Triton is a extremely necessary product for us, and it’s a extremely necessary product for MMC globally, so we’ve been a part of that venture since day one,” Mitsubishi Australia senior supervisor of product technique Owen Thomson informed us.
Meaning native improvement and validation, and enter into the design from a really early stage utilizing market analysis and buyer suggestions.
“The opposite factor is the way in which the car drives, notably round suspension. We have now big range round geography and situations, not simply climactic however in our highway situations.
“We’re of the assumption… if it really works in Australia it’s in all probability going to work anyplace,” Mr Thomson completed.
Anticipate diesel to be the main focus at first, nonetheless there’s little question Mitsubishi will broaden its well-known PHEV expertise right into a business utility. The corporate has already confirmed as a lot.
“It’s clear that a while throughout this decade there’s going to be all types of electrification of utes, it’s only a matter of what type that may take and when it occurs,” defined Mr Thomson.
“It’s been into consideration from day one within the Triton plan.”
Plug-in hybrids provide each day electrical driving with a combustion engine backup for longer journeys. Onboard batteries enable vehicle-to-load charging, and might energy instruments and different tools.
The mooted next-gen Triton Plug-in Hybrid would line-up towards the PHEV model of Ford’s next-generation Australian-engineered Ranger, confirmed for launch by 2024 with a give attention to Europe’s stringent CO2 caps.
Mitsubishi says PHEVs are a vital gateway to the broader take-up of full-electric autos (EVs) within the Australian market, however provides not all business ute patrons will need the tech.
Automobile makers all know modified utes offered by means of sellers are big money cows. Think about the Ford Ranger Raptor, Toyota HiLux Rogue, Volkswagen Amarok W Sequence, and Nissan Navara Warrior vary.
Mitsubishi appears extremely prone to provide some form of flagship Triton, to function a halo mannequin. It’s not sufficient to be utilitarian, you should be fascinating to promote on this market…
Workforce Mitsubishi Ralliart lately revealed a current-gen Triton-based off-road racer for the 2022 Asia Cross Nation Rally (AXCR), marking the Japanese model’s return to motorsport.
Keener followers might also recall the 2019 Triton Absolute idea, a raised and uprated idea Triton designed to “gauge public curiosity and suggestions”.
An organization as fiscally conservative as Mitsubishi doesn’t trouble doing both of these items except there’s some real-world relevance to the applications. Watch this area…