Lo and behold, this is the 2015 Mitsubishi Triton. The completely redesigned next-generation pick-up truck has just been unveiled in Thailand, a full nine years after the original popped up in 2005. Yup, it has been that long since the Triton started the trend of making pick-ups that didn’t look like trucks.

Looks wise, the second-generation Triton builds upon the current model’s unorthodox styling, making use of complex curves and sweeps more commonly used on conventional cars rather than tall pick-up trucks. A bold chrome grille joins the wrap-around headlights, while the rest of the vehicle gains a more sculptured look.

Mitsubishi says the new Triton has been developed to be the “ultimate sport utility truck,” combining the comfortable interior of a passenger car with the functionality and reliability of a traditional pick-up. It goes as far as to claim that the new model achieves class-leading interior space and handling.


The interior is a rather simple one, much like that of the outgoing model. Clear to see are the car-like dashboard buttons and the lack of a mechanical transfer case shift knob – replaced by an electronic rotary dial. Moving on to the rear, a “gentle seat back angle” promises a more comfortable cabin, which is already a strong point of the original Triton.

Also claimed are passenger car-like ride comfort and quietness, thanks to optimisation of the suspension, better use sound insulation, absorption and vibration damping materials, and a brand new engine – a 2.4 litre turbodiesel MIVEC motor that features a variable geometry turbo (VGT), aluminium cylinder block and a lower compression ratio of 15.5:1.

For the Thai market, the all-new powerplant develops 182 PS and 430 Nm of torque, while promising a 20% improved efficiency with either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. The old 178 PS/400 Nm 2.5 litre VGT unit is also available, depending on markets.

Other enhancements include a shorter wheelbase for a smaller turning radius (5.9 metres) and the availability of Active Stability and Traction Control (ASTC) and Trailer Stability Assist (TSA) safety aids. So the question remains – do you like what you see?