Malcolm Flynn | Oct 23, 2012

The all-new 2014 Triton will be all-Mitsubishi, despite reports of a platform tie-up with segment rival the Nissan Navara, also due to be reborn in 2014.

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.


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