The 2019 Mitsubishi Triton facelift has just made its global debut here in Bangkok, Thailand, and this mid-life update of the fifth-generation pick-up truck brings quite a fair bit of change to the table.

Let’s start with the most obvious change – design. Up front, the new Triton (known as the L200 in certain markets) wears a significantly bolder look, courtesy of the new Dynamic Shield family face. The bonnet line has also been raised by 100 mm, which helps accentuate the sense of presence.

Also new are the slimmer bi-LED headlights (top-spec only) with stylish LED daytime running lights. Both units are connected seamlessly to a brand new dual-bar radiator grille. Below that, the halogen fog lamps and turn indicators sit recessed in a protruding housing (much like the Eclipse Cross), and two thick chrome strips neatly guide the eye down and towards the side.

Completing the frontal revision is a skid plate that’s finished in satin silver, and it features a quartet of air inlets to aid aerodynamic flow. Around the side, the new Triton sits on newly-designed two-tone alloy wheel options measuring 17- and 18-inches (the existing 16-inch rollers are fitted on lower-end models), and the rear end gets a swanky pair of LED tail lights.

Inside, the Triton gets a redesigned centre console with new switchgear and air-conditioning vents. In upping the feel-good factor, soft-touch materials find their way on to the armrests, centre console sides, door inserts and parking brake lever.

There’s a new smartphone tray with USB ports below the central switchgear, and the cubbies are garnished in a new satin silver trim. Rear passengers also benefit from a new smartphone tray with a USB charging port behind the centre armrest, as well as a rear air-con blower with roof-mounted vents.

As before, two engines are being offered – entry-level variants will get the 2.5 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, tuned to produce anywhere from 107 hp and 200 Nm to 134 hp and 324 Nm of torque. Higher-spec models get the latest 4N15 2.4 litre MIVEC turbodiesel mill, producing 179 hp at 3,500 rpm and 430 Nm of torque from 2,500 rpm.

Perhaps the biggest change is the inclusion of a new six-speed automatic transmission, which is an upgrade from the existing five-speed INVECS II unit. According to Mitsubishi, the new six-speeder unit offers smoother gearshifts and more powerful acceleration, as well as improved refinement.

As before, four-wheel drive versions of the Triton come with either the Easy-Select system or the more advanced full-time Super-Select II from the Pajero Sport, the latter automatically adjusting the torque split between the front and rear axles depending on the conditions. Hill descent control has been made available for the first time, although this feature is limited to selected 4WD models.

Both four-wheel drive systems now feature a selection of off-road driving modes, such as Gravel, Mud/Snow, Sand and Rock (in locked low-range 4LLc mode only). When engaged, off-road mode integrally controls engine power, transmission and braking to regulate wheel slip, thereby maximising all-terrain performance and traction levels in sticky situations.

Meanwhile, the brakes have been beefed up with larger front ventilated discs and calipers, whereas ride quality has improved thanks to larger rear dampers which contain more damping fluids.

Now, it may be a pick-up truck, but it’s not shabby when it comes to safety. The kit list includes forward collision mitigation (autonomous emergency braking) with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, auto high beam and an ultrasonic misacceleration mitigation system. The last feature reduces accidents resulting from improper use of the accelerator when moving off or reversing in confined spaces.

Also, the top model features a multi around monitor, which offers drivers a 360-degree bird’s eye view of the car’s surroundings when needed. Front parking sensors have also been added. As for colours, four new colours – White Diamond, Graphite Grey, Passion Orange and Red Solid – have been added to the existing palette, raising the tally to nine exterior shades.

The facelifted Mitsubishi Triton will be launched in Thailand on November 17, following which it will be rolled out to 150 countries around the globe. We’ve been told that the Triton is due to arrive in Malaysia within the first quarter of next year.

Ahead of that, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) will be displaying it at the upcoming Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS 2018) from November 23 to December 2, and it’s likely that the order books will open then as well. Alternatively, you may catch the Triton at the following locations as listed above.

MMM will also organise a special display for the new Triton in Johor Bahru at a later date. Those who are interested, click here for display locations and further information about the updated pick-up truck. Like what you see, folks?

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