The 2019 Mitsubishi Triton was officially launched by Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) this morning at the 1 Utama shopping centre, where it will be on display until Sunday. The refreshed pick-up truck was first previewed at the 2018 Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS) in November, shortly after the truck’s world debut in Thailand. Five variants are available, priced from RM100,200 to RM135,200 on the road without insurance.

“The new Triton is developed based on the concept of ‘Engineered Beyond Tough’ and brings enhancements to the durability, reliability and comfort developed over the 40 years since the introduction of the series. We’re confident the new Triton will meet the diverse needs of our customers,” said Tomoyuki Shinnishi, CEO of MMM, who emphasised MMC’s 40 years experience in making pick-up trucks.

As face swaps go, this is a huge one. The Triton finally receives Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield face, which is characterised by slim headlamps sitting atop a big fog lamp-signal lamp cluster, pushed to the extreme sides and sawed off cleanly for a square jaw.

Central to the Dynamic Shield look are chrome borders for the grille that starts from the headlamps, giving it the appearance of sunken cheeks. This latest family face is as seen on the Xpander MPV, and is “more extreme” than the face of the Pajero Sport.

By the way, Mitsubishi says that the Triton’s proud bonnet line is 100 mm higher than before. Likewise, the truck’s wading depth is now 100 mm higher than before, at 700 mm.

On the side, the Triton’s trademark “J-line” curved end to the cab is present, flanked by wheelarches that are now squared off. At the back, the updated truck gets new lamp clusters, which are very distinctive thanks to long-tail LED signatures. The tailgate handle and reverse camera are now housed in a chrome letterbox.

The wheels sport a matching angular spoke design. They’re 18-inch on the top Adventure X model and 17-inch elsewhere, but size aside, both designs are rather similar. Four colours are available: White Diamond, Jet Black Mica, Sterling Silver and Graphite Grey Metallic.

Relative to the exterior, the Triton’s interior sees smaller changes that are less apparent at a glance. Comparing old and new, the centre stack and console has seen some minor rearrangement – the centre air con vents have a slightly different shape, while the visual flow from the ICE and AC panel to the gear level area is no longer interrupted. The latter is now a sharp edged square, which follows the overall angular theme.

More obvious are the new features such as a first-in-segment air circulator with two rear vents on the roof, and a control panel with four fan speeds. The location where one would normally expect rear AC vents houses a new phone slot and USB charging ports. Up front, you’ll find soft touch padding on the centre console box and tunnel, which your elbows and knees will feel.

Under the skin, the new Triton is powered by a 2.4 litre MIVEC turbodiesel with 181 PS and 430 Nm of torque at 2,500 rpm. This engine – which has an aluminium alloy block and variable geometry turbo – is now mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, replacing the previous five speeder. The other gearbox in the range is a six-speed manual.

Also new is the Super Select 4WD II system on the Adventure X. It comes with a new Off-Road Mode which has four presets (gravel, mud, sand, rock). Choosing a mode will see the system optimise engine power, transmission and braking to regulate the amount of wheel slip and maximise off-road performance. There’s also hill descent control, which frees the driver to focus on steering during steep descents. The Off-Road Mode and HDC buttons are behind the 4WD rotary knob.

The Super Select 4WD II system has 2WD (2H) and 4WD (4H, 4HLc) modes with shift-on-the-fly at up to 100 km/h. When the going gets tough, one can lock the center differential by entering the 4HLc, or the low range 4LLc for serious off-roading. The Easy Select 4WD system on the other variants allows for 2H-4H shift-on-the-fly at up to 100 km/h.

There’s also big news on the safety front. Driver assist features such as Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM), Blind Spot Warning with Lane Change Assist (BSW with LCA), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System (UMS), Auto High Beam (AHB) and seven airbags are now available on the Triton Adventure X.

By the way, UMS is similar to Perodua’s pedal misoperation control; it prevents the car from moving forward when an obstacle is detected, such as a wall. Some of these safety features are first in the class. Lastly, the Triton boasts best-in-class turning radius of 5.9 metres.

It’s worth noting that the 2.4L MIVEC engine is now standard across the Triton range, which was previously split between the 2.4L (the best engine available for the Triton globally) and the older 2.5L. Also, all five variants are 4×4 now. All these changes are not applicable to the workhorse Triton Quest, which persists with the previous face and 110 PS/200 Nm 2.5L turbodiesel.

Imported CBU from Thailand, the 2019 Mitsubishi Triton range is priced at RM100,200 for the VGT MT, RM105,990 for the VGT AT, RM112,500 for the VGT MT Premium, RM118,600 for the VGT AT Premium and RM135,200 for the top VGT Adventure X. The factory warranty is for 200,000 km or five years.

Since KLIMS, 800 units have been booked, and first deliveries will start before Chinese New Year. MMM has a sales target of 600 units a month and has secured a 50-unit fleet deal with the fire department. View the specs and compare the new Triton against its rivals at CarBase.my.

Mitsubishi Triton VGT MT and AT – RM100,200 (MT), RM105,990 (AT)
Gets as standard:

    Mechanicals
    2.4L MIVEC VGT turbodiesel
    181 PS at 3,500 rpm, 430 Nm at 2,500 rpm
    Six-speed auto with sport mode or six-speed manual
    Easy Select 4WD

    Exterior
    Projector halogen headlamps
    16-inch alloys with 245/70 tyres
    Body colour bumper with black grille
    Side steps
    Halogen daytime running lights (AT only)

    Interior
    1x front USB port
    2-DIN audio system with AUX, four speakers
    Foldable rear seat storage compartment
    Tilt and telescopic steering
    Fabric seats

    Safety
    Driver and front passenger airbags (2x total)
    ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
    Active Stability Control with Traction Control
    Hill-Start Assist
    Brake over-ride system
    Reverse parking sensors

Mitsubishi Triton VGT MT Premium and AT Premium – RM112,500 and RM118,600
Adds on:

    Mechanicals
    Off-Road Modes (AT only)

    Exterior
    17-inch dual-tone alloys with 245/65 tyres (MT)
    18-inch dual-tone alloys with 265/60 tyres (AT)
    Front fog lamps
    Chrome Dynamic Shield face
    Chrome, power adjustable/fold wing mirrors with turn signals
    Chrome door handles

    Interior
    Keyless entry with push start
    High contrast meter panel
    Colour multi-info display (AT only)
    Auto dimming rear view mirror
    Touchscreen head unit with Bluetooth and voice command, six speakers
    Rear smartphone storage with 2x USB ports
    Auto digital air con
    Rear air circulator with roof vents
    Four-spoke leather steering with audio controls
    Cruise control
    Speed sensing auto door lock
    Leatherette front knee pads

    Safety
    Reverse camera with guide lines
    Rest Reminder (AT only)
    Hill Descent Control (AT only)

Mitsubishi Triton VGT Adventure X AT – RM135,200
Adds on:

    Mechanicals
    Super Select 4WD II system

    Exterior
    Automatic bi-LED projector headlamps
    LED daytime running lights
    Auto wipers

    Interior
    Apple Carplay and Android Auto
    Paddle shifters
    Leatherette seats
    Powered driver’s seat

    Safety
    Forward Collision Mitigation (AEB for vehicles and pedestrians)
    Blind Spot Warning with Lane Change Assist
    Rear Cross Traffic Alert
    Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System (front and rear)
    Auto High Beam
    Front passenger seatbelt reminder
    Front parking sensors
    Seven airbags (front, side, curtain, driver’s knee)

GALLERY: 2019 Mitsubishi Triton VGT Adventure X


GALLERY: 2019 Mitsubishi Triton VGT Premium AT

GALLERY: 2019 Mitsubishi Triton VGT Premium MT

GALLERY: 2019 Mitsubishi Triton VGT AT