Mitsubishi Motors is busily late-stage testing its next-generation Triton/L200 ute, with an anticipated reveal earlier than the tip of the present Japanese monetary 12 months in March 2023.
As one among Australia’s top-selling automobiles, a brand new Triton is of intense curiosity within the native market.
This bigger new mannequin will supply a way more trendy inside, a new-generation diesel engine, and will make use of Mitsubishi’s experience in plug-in hybrid (PHEV) know-how – finally.
The brand new Triton will type the premise of the next-generation Nissan Navara, with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance pushing laborious to cut back overlap.
It’s not clear how differentiated they’ll be from a design standpoint: they might be very totally different like the brand new Ranger and Volkswagen Amarok siblings, or just like behold just like the Isuzu D-Max and Mazda BT-50 twins.
Mitsubishi used its ‘Small however Stunning’ marketing strategy, launched in June 2020 and up to date in Could 2021, to elucidate it could reveal the brand new Triton in FY2022-23.
The Japanese monetary 12 months goes from April 1 to March 31, so a launch by March 2023 is on the playing cards. That stated, we do stay within the age of delays…
With out giving a lot away, the corporate stated it was engaged on a “subsequent technology diesel” and deliberate “enchancment of body mannequin efficiency” – referring to body-on-frame ladder chassis fashions.
Given Mitsubishi considers ASEAN and Oceania as its key areas, count on an area launch fairly quickly after the reveal.
Initially of July this 12 months our Europe-based spy photographers grabbed some snaps of this new mannequin for the primary time, in disguise and present process winter testing.
That means a lot of the event work is completed, with bodily prototypes today used extra for later-stage refinements and honing, as soon as laptop applications have executed their work.
Beneath the camouflage, it appears to be like like the brand new mannequin is a bit longer total and when it comes to wheelbase, and doubtlessly wider given the present mannequin is sort of slim by right now’s requirements.
These again doorways look to supply a bigger aperture, suggesting larger second-row consolation.
A brand new model of the present Triton’s signature robust shoulder line will characteristic, so too will the rear-side window which nonetheless kicks up close to the c-pillar.
The brand new clamshell bonnet design appears to be like totally different, however the ‘Dynamic Defend’ grille and slim gentle singatures look extra evolutionary than revolutionary. The again window additionally appears to be like just a little bigger.
Australia isn’t only a main marketplace for Triton gross sales, it additionally performs a task in improvement.
“Triton is a very essential product for us, and it’s a very essential product for MMC globally, so we’ve been a part of that venture since day one,” Mitsubishi Australia senior supervisor of product technique Owen Thomson instructed us.
Which means native improvement and validation, and enter into the design from a really early stage utilizing market analysis and buyer suggestions.
“The opposite factor is the way in which the car drives, significantly round suspension. Now we have large variety round geography and circumstances, not simply climactic however in our street circumstances.
“We’re of the assumption… if it really works in Australia it’s most likely going to work wherever,” Mr Thomson completed.
Anticipate diesel to be the main target at first, nonetheless there’s little question Mitsubishi will develop its well-known PHEV know-how right into a business software. The corporate has already confirmed as a lot.
“It’s clear that a while throughout this decade there’s going to be all types of electrification of utes, it’s only a matter of what type that can take and when it occurs,” defined Mr Thomson.
“It’s been into account from day one within the Triton plan.”
Plug-in hybrids supply day by day electrical driving with a combustion engine backup for longer journeys. Onboard batteries enable vehicle-to-load charging, and may energy instruments and different tools.
The mooted next-gen Triton Plug-in Hybrid would line-up towards the PHEV model of Ford’s next-generation Australian-engineered Ranger, confirmed for launch by 2024 with a give attention to Europe’s stringent CO2 caps.
Mitsubishi says PHEVs are a vital gateway to the broader take-up of full-electric automobiles (EVs) within the Australian market, however provides not all business ute consumers will need the tech.
Automotive makers all know modified utes bought by sellers are large money cows. Take into account the Ford Ranger Raptor, Toyota HiLux Rogue, Volkswagen Amarok W Sequence, and Nissan Navara Warrior vary.
Mitsubishi appears extremely prone to supply some kind of flagship Triton, to function a halo mannequin. It’s not sufficient to be utilitarian, you could be fascinating to promote on this market…
Staff Mitsubishi Ralliart not too long ago revealed a current-gen Triton-based off-road racer for the 2022 Asia Cross Nation Rally (AXCR), marking the Japanese model’s return to motorsport.
Keener followers may additionally recall the 2019 Triton Absolute idea, a raised and uprated idea Triton designed to “gauge public curiosity and suggestions”.
An organization as fiscally conservative as Mitsubishi doesn’t hassle doing both of these items except there’s some real-world relevance to the applications. Watch this area…