The midsize pickup market is witnessing an aggressive new entrant, the 2024 Mitsubishi Triton. Unfortunately, the redesigned midsize truck packed with an array of compelling features won’t be making its way to the United States. But for pickup fans worldwide, the Triton offers an attractive mix of power, technology, and off-road capabilities.
Redesign and Construction
After a nine-year run for the previous-generation model, the 2024 Triton, alternatively known as the L200, sports a new, larger yet lighter body. Mitsubishi offers the Triton in three versions: single, extended, and crew cab, all mounted on a 40-percent stiffer ladder frame. The front suspension employs a double-wishbone design with increased travel, while the rear uses a simpler leaf-spring setup equipped with larger shocks.
The 2024 Mitsubishi Triton’s exterior conveys its robust capabilities through a rugged, angular design. This bold creative, characterized by a tall, upright front end, a boxier cab, and squared-off wheel arches, signals the Triton’s off-road prowess and its impressive road presence. The design doesn’t only enhance the vehicle’s looks, but it also contributes to improved aerodynamics and off-road abilities.
Distinguishing the Triton further, the exterior appearance varies significantly based on the chosen trim level, offering customization to buyers’ personal styles and functional needs. A standout feature is the unique Yamabuki Orange Metallic paint, a vibrant and bold color that emphasizes the truck’s distinctive character and sets it apart in the midsize pickup market.
Power and Performance
The 2024 Mitsubishi Triton is powered by a 2.4-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine, generating up to 201 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque, with a variable-assist electric power steering feature in high-output models. The Triton is offered with both six-speed manual and automatic transmission options. The manual transmission uses a unique “shift by wire” system, an unusual and perhaps unnecessary feature in this truck.
The “Super Select 4WD-II” system enhances the Triton’s off-road capabilities, featuring a two-speed transfer case and a torque-sensing center differential that directs 60-percent of its power to the rear wheels, enabling the vehicle to adapt to various terrains. The system also includes differential lock settings and hill descent control.
The Triton employs Active Yaw Control torque vectoring for improved handling and off-road performance, resulting in a turning circle tighter than its predecessor. All these features combined render the 2024 Mitsubishi Triton a versatile pickup truck, apt for both daily driving and challenging off-road adventures.
Interior and Tech Upgrades
The 2024 Mitsubishi Triton boasts a redesigned interior emphasizing comfort and practicality. An expanded center console provides ample storage space and larger cupholders. Mitsubishi has integrated glove-friendly switches, designed to be comfortably operated even when wearing heavy work gloves, demonstrating thoughtful functionality for a pickup truck.
Technologically, the Triton stands out with features like USB charge ports and a wireless charging pad, meeting the needs of modern users. Safety-wise, Mitsubishi has equipped the Triton with advanced driving assists and adaptive cruise control, common equipment found in modern vehicles.
The Triton is currently available in Thailand and will gradually expand across Southeast Asia and Australia, ultimately returning to Japan in 2024, after a 12-year absence. As previously noted, this model won’t be sold in the U.S., even though Mitsubishi has expressed interest in returning to the U.S. pickup market.
U.S. Bound Electric Truck?
The all-new Mitsubishi Triton is an impressive contender in the global midsize pickup truck market, boasting a potent mix of power, comfort, technology, and off-road capabilities. Its absence in the U.S. market is undoubtedly a disappointment for many. However, there’s hope that the Triton’s electric sibling, spotted in tests, could make its way to the U.S., making this a story worth following for pickup truck enthusiasts.
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