Mitsubishi Triton Launch

Here it is, the new Mitsubishi Triton, officially launched by Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia this morning. Imported CBU from Thailand, the new-gen pick-up truck is available in five variants – Triton VGT Adventure (AT only), Triton VGT AT, Triton VGT MT, Triton MT and Triton Quest (4X2 MT only) – priced from RM67,604 to RM108,274 OTR without insurance, GST inclusive.

The evolutionary design is unmistakably Triton with the trademark curved border (Mitsubishi calls it ‘J-line’) between the cab and bed. What immediately sets the new one apart is its mask-like headlamp and grille arrangement, the latter covered in chrome on all variants except for the utilitarian Triton Quest, which is the new name for the Triton Lite workhorse. The wraparound tail lamps also have a new shape, with a “handle” at the end.

The new dashboard design is more modern and streamlined. It’s as you see in the image below, but the base Quest does without the piano black trim and silver accents, not to mention equipment, but we’ll get to specs later.

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The Triton VGT is powered by a 2.5 litre variable geometry turbo engine with 178 PS and 400 Nm at 2,000 rpm, an improved version of the current 178 PS/350 Nm DI-D motor. The new 182 PS/430 Nm 2.4 litre engine that was launched with the Triton late last year in Thailand isn’t coming here due to our lower quality diesel (Euro 5 is coming to the Klang Valley this year though), but an extra 50 Nm shot of torque isn’t bad. Two five-speed gearbox choices, auto with Sport mode or manual.

The non-VGT Triton MT (no more ‘Standard’ in the name) is powered by a 2.5 litre commonrail turbo with 136 PS and 324 Nm at 2,000 rpm, and it doesn’t get a limited slip differential, while the low rider Triton Quest (125 mm lower) makes do with a basic 2.5L DOHC commonrail unit with 110 PS and 200 Nm (used to be 89 PS and 196 Nm from a 2.5 IDI motor) going to the rear wheels. Both sticks are five speeders.

The top-spec Triton VGT Adventure gets plenty of kit. Included are steering shift paddles, HID projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, dual-zone auto air con, auto headlamps and wipers, cruise control, leather, keyless entry and push start, and a 6.1-inch touchscreen head unit Bluetooth, voice command and reverse camera and 17-inch wheels (245/65 tyres).

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On the exterior, the Adventure sports window visors and tube-style side steps, as opposed to flat aluminium side steps on the VGT AT/MT. Compared to the previous range-topping VGT GS, the Adventure lacks the old truck’s powered sunroof, powered sliding rear window and sports bar.

One rung below, the VGT AT and VGT MT also get keyless/push start, (single-zone) auto air con, leather wrapped steering with audio buttons and the touchscreen HU (but without BT, voice command and reverse camera). There’s a new rotary selector for the Easy Select 4WD system (2H, 4H, 4L) to replace the old vibrating stick, but only for the VGT Adventure and VGT AT – two sticks for the MT as before. Both roll on 16-inch alloys (245/70 tyres).

The Quest makes do with basic necessities such as a single-DIN CD player with AUX/USB, power windows, power adjustable wing mirrors, manual air con and 15-inch wheels. A black grille (wing mirrors and door/tailgate handles are in chrome, though) and the lack of a rear bumper further mark the base model out. Safety kit wise, it’s ABS, EBD, dual airbags and Isofix child seat mounts across the board.

Auto VGT models come with a new rotary 4WD selector; manual 4WD variants soldier on with two sticks

The new Triton range starts at RM67,604 for the Quest, going up to RM83,163 for the Triton MT. For the VGT-powered models, the VGT MT is priced at RM92,115, while the VGT AT comes in at RM98,550. The VGT Adventure with all the bells and whistles will set you back RM108,274. All prices are on-the-road including GST, but without insurance. The warranty package is three years or 100,000 km, and MMM is throwing in two years of free service.

As usual, check out for a detailed look at the specs of all five Triton variants and the colour options. Also, our walk-around video is attached below for all you visual creatures.

This year is set to be an interesting one for pick-up truck fans. Mitsubishi is drawing first blood, but the local Ford and Nissan arms are readying the Ranger Facelift (macho face, new dashboard) and new NP300 Navara (much needed big update, plush new cabin) respectively. Toyota’s next-gen Hilux Revo made its world debut in Thailand last week, and will reach Malaysia in the near future. Let the war begin!

2015 Mitsubishi Triton VGT Adventure

2015 Mitsubishi Triton VGT MT

2015 Mitsubishi Triton MT
2015 Mitsubishi Triton Quest 4X2 MT