The pick-up truck market has never been more competitive, and against that backdrop, Mitsubishi has given its still fresh Triton (surfaced late 2014 in Thailand, launched here in May 2015) a running update, which made its Bangkok show debut at Impact Muang Thong Thani.

No changes to the Triton’s familiar appearance, but trim levels have been reassigned with added equipment, including tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment on all models, as well as a second 12 V socket on all Mega Cab (a.k.a. King Cab) and four-door Double Cab variants.

The biggest change is that the highest available GLS LTD variant, previously available only on the Double Cab 4×4, has been introduced on the Mega Cab and Double Cab Plus 4×2 models, replacing the previous GLS. All GLS LTD now get the four-spoke multifunction steering wheel from the new Pajero Sport. The leather-wrapped wheel has a stitch pattern on the boss.

In addition, the top-of-the-range Double Cab 4×4 GLS LTD 5AT swaps the regular Easy Select 4WD system for the Pajero Sport’s Super Select 4WD II. The system adds a new 4H full-time AWD mode, with a viscous coupling centre differential that shuffles power between front and rear axles. The 4HLc and 4LLc modes lock the differential, mimicking the previous 4H and 4L modes, while the 2H 2WD mode has been retained for better fuel consumption.

Also added to the top-spec model are side and curtain airbags to make it seven in total. Previously an option, seven airbags are now standard on the top Triton, which also gets Active Stability and Traction Control. Other luxuries previously uncommon in pick-up trucks include a roof monitor for rear passengers (first in segment) and an eight-way powered driver’s seat. The car you see here is a Triton Plus Special Edition in the new Impulse Blue paint and elaborate 17-inch rims.

The Thai-market 2.4 litre MIVEC VGT turbodiesel with 181 hp and 430 Nm of torque remains. Malaysian Tritons get a 2.5 litre VGT engine with 178 PS and 400 Nm, an improved version of the old car’s 178 PS/350 Nm DI-D motor, because MMC’s 2.4L “Clean Diesel” motor doesn’t match our fuel quality.