The Mitubishi Triton Athlete has now arrived in Malaysia, following its appearance at the Thai Motor Expo last November. In contrast with the version our northern neighbours get which comes in a white exterior finish, ours for Malaysia comes only in Black Mica paint, though with plenty of orange highlights to help it further stand out.

Beyond that, the Triton Athlete for Malaysia is identical to the one offered in Thailand; adding a splash of colour are the orange accent stripes on the front bumper, along the lower door edges and on the sides of the cargo tray sports bar. Gloss black trim is also found on the front and rear bumpers, wheel arch extensions and side mirror covers, while the 17-inch wheels are also painted gloss black.

The black-and-orange theme continues into the cabin. Perforated leather seats come in the aforementioned colour scheme, while orange stitching also features on the seats, steering wheel, gear lever, door card panels and the centre console, while the seat backs are embroidered with ‘Athlete’ script. The driver’s seat retains eight-way powered adjustability, and the touchscreen infotainment system now supports Apple CarPlay.

The Triton Athlete is based upon the Triton Adventure X plus extra kit, which means the inclusion of Bi-xenon HID headlamps, daytime running lights (DRLs), a multifunction steering wheel, shift paddles, an upgraded instrument display, a smart key system with engine starter button and automatic dual-zone air-conditioning.

Mechanical underpinnings remain the same, with motive power courtesy of a 2.4 litre MIVEC turbodiesel engine produced 181 PS at 3,500 rpm and 430 Nm of torque from 2,500 rpm. Unlike the Thai market Triton Athlete which offers a choice of manual and automatic transmissions, the Malaysian market offering comes solely with the five-speed automatic gearbox, including Easy Select 4WD with a Shift-on-the Fly selector.

The Athlete’s safety suite also takes after that of the Adventure X, with seven airbags, Isofix child seat anchors, ABS, EBD, electronic stability control, traction control, hill start assist, trailer sway control and brake override system.

All in, the Thailand-built Mitsubishi Triton Athlete is tagged in Peninsular Malaysia at RM126,990 on-the-road without insurance – the same as the Triton Adventure X – including a five-year, 200,000 km warranty.