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The new Mitsubishi Triton is finally here – launched last week, it supplants the original Triton pick-up truck that has existed in one form or another since 2005. To give you a sense of perspective, we’ve corralled examples of both old and new to show you just how far the nameplate has come over the past ten years.

In the black corner sits the new top-of-the-line VGT Adventure variant, coming in at RM108,274. At the other end of the spectrum, clad in bright red, is the old VGT GS, which retailed at RM107,809; despite the added toys of the new car, it boasts a sunroof, power-retractable rear window and sports bar, all of which the Adventure lacks. The rear bed is also shorter than on other variants, for better looks and manoeuvrability.

This particular version is the Red Peak Limited Edition, which gets matte black 17-inch wheels, a copious amount of exterior decals and unique red leather seats. Commemorating the Red Peak Challenge in Kota Kinabalu, it’s limited to 10 units, all sold in East Malaysia at RM114,550 in Sabah and RM114,641 in Sarawak (about RM5,000 higher than the East Malaysian prices for the regular VGS).

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The new Triton is huge – at 5,280 mm long, 1,815 mm wide and 1,780 mm tall, it’s a massive 165 mm longer and 15 mm wider than the red car here, but with the same height. Wheel out the longer version of the old truck, however, and the advantage swings the other way, with the previous model edging 15 mm ahead in length.

With a more rounded appearance compared to its buff-looking competitors, the new truck is still recognisably a Triton, but the front and rear fascias are radically different than before. Whereas the old one had a very playful, toy-like face, the new Triton sports an altogether more sophisticated, if controversial look. Insectoid wraparound xenon projector headlights with LED daytime running lights frame the brash chrome grille.

It’s the same story at the rear – the tail lights have the same stretched “tails” as on the front, while a silver-painted bumper replaces the previous chrome unit, featuring black protrusions on either side. Overall, the more elaborate surfacing and upmarket detailing help make the new car look more modern.

Inside, the dashboard design is a lot more modern now, and features neater switchgear as well as clearer, more sober gauges. No more hideous dual-tier binnacle in the centre too; the multi-info RV meter that sat on top of the touchscreen on the old truck has been banished, the information having been moved to the display in the instrument cluster.

Compared to the previous Triton, the new one gets such niceties as keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone automatic air-con, a multi-function steering wheel with shift paddles, a reverse camera and a new rotary selector for the Easy Shift four-wheel drive system. The 6.1-inch touchscreen is the same size as before, but it’s attached to an integrated infotainment system this time as opposed to the old aftermarket head unit.

The 2.5 litre four-cylinder VGT turbodiesel engine is the same on both cars, but the new model gets an extra 50 Nm shot of torque, developing 178 PS at 4,000 rpm and 400 Nm at 2,000 rpm. The transmission is also identical here – a five-speed automatic with Sport mode.

2015 Mitsubishi Triton VGT Adventure
2014 Mitsubishi Triton VGT Red Peak Limited Edition