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This is no ordinary Triton, at least one that’s not yet available from Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM). Sent in by reader Damien who spotted the truck’s unusual blue paint, we can tell you that this is the refreshed 2016 Mitsubishi Triton that we showed you from the Bangkok Motor Show in March.

Telltale signs are this truck’s Impulse Blue paint and elaborate 17-inch rims that match those on the Triton Plus Special Edition we saw at Impact Muang Thong Thani.

Earlier this year, Thai Triton trim levels were reassigned with added equipment, including tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment on all models, as well as a second 12V socket on all Mega Cab (a.k.a. King Cab) and four-door Double Cab variants. The highest GLS LTD trim, previously available only on the Double Cab 4×4, were introduced on the Mega Cab and Double Cab Plus 4×2 models.

All GLS LTD Tritons received 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 Double Cab 4×4 GLS LTD 5AT swapped the standard Easy Select 4WD system for the Pajero Sport’s Super Select 4WD II. The system added a new 4H full-time AWD mode, with a viscous coupling centre differential that shuffles power between front and rear axles.

It appears that MMM is readying an updated Triton, but we’re not sure if the all of the above will apply to the Malaysian-spec truck. Thai Tritons are powered by a 2.4 litre MIVEC VGT turbodiesel with 182 PS and 430 Nm. Malaysia didn’t get this all-new engine with the model change, but an improved version of the familiar 2.5 litre VGT unit with 178 PS and 400 Nm.

The reason given by MMM at the Triton launch in May 2015 was that our fuel quality isn’t ideal for the 2.4L “Clean Diesel” engine, which is more powerful and up to 20% more efficient. But with Euro 5 diesel now available here, will we finally get this new-generation engine?

GALLERY: 2016 Mitsubishi Triton Plus Special Edition, Thai-spec