Frequent visitors to Thailand would have noticed that low rider trucks are quite a thing in the Land of Smiles. Most are being used as intended, as commercial load lugging mules, but there are some of the modded variety. It’s not so much a thing here as bigfoot style mods, but if the idea of a low riding truck (or a drag machine) with big wheels tickles your fancy…

At today’s launch of the facelifted Mitsubishi Triton Quest, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) also displayed an accessorised example of their workhorse truck, and it looks good. A lot of it is down to the Quest’s new Dynamic Shield front end – the previous face wouldn’t have been very sporty in any outfit.

It might look “slammed” but this modded Quest’s suspension is stock. The effect is brought about by the 18-inch Advanti double-five spoke wheels in two tone, wrapped with 235/60 Toyo Open Country AT tyres.

Elsewhere, there’s a roller shutter-style bed cover, black bumper frames for the tail lamps and a sizeable rear spoiler. Door visors complete the simple makeover. Not much in it, but what a big difference the few mods make, don’t you think?

Priced at RM79,890 on the road without insurance (and the aftermarket parts here, obviously), the Triton Quest is the most affordable pick-up truck in the market. For that, you won’t be getting the 2.4L MIVEC turbodiesel or a VGT engine, but a simple 2.5 litre commonrail turbodiesel with 110 PS and 200 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. The gearbox is a good old five-speed manual.

Not quite enough power to light up the rear wheels on demand (the Quest is now the only 2WD Triton variant on sale here, and the only one without the 2.4L MIVEC), but surely there’s a way around that. It’s sort of family friendly as well, with room for five and a very big boot, which might help some escape censure from the spouse!


GALLERY: The stock Mitsubishi Triton Quest