Speaking with TMR at this week's Australian International Motor Show (AIMS), Mitsubishi Motors Corporation President Osamu Masuko confirmed that the existing Triton/Navara-shared Thai production facility will be the extent of their relationship.
“We are developing it [Triton] ourselves”, Masuko-san said.
Rumours of a shared platform/development relationship similar to that of Ford and Mazda’s Ranger/BT50 and GM and Isuzu’s Colorado/D-Max had circulated last year, following an announcement of the shared production plant, which opened this year.
Significantly, 2014 is also expected to bring an all-new version of the segment-dominating Toyota HiLux rival, putting pressure on the new offerings from Mitsubishi and Nissan.
However, the next Triton, HiLux and Navara models will also benefit from a significant benchmarking period against the Ranger, BT-50, Colorado, D-Max and Volkswagen Amarok, which have all launched new-generation models in the last 12 months.
Details of the new Triton are scarce at this stage, but Mitsubishi has confirmed the continuation of a Challenger 4WD wagon offshoot - the previous model launched some time after the utility variants.
Be sure to keep an eye on TMR for any further 2014 Triton updates.