Spied during inspections at Mitsubishi’s Laem Chabang factory in Thailand, this white Triton offers the clearest look yet at the company’s new utility.
As expected, the new Triton’s look has been softened a great deal since it was first previewed by the sporty GR-HEV concept last year, taking on a practical and more conventional design.
It is clear that Mitsubishi has worked to integrate some of the GR concept’s styling cues, from the basic headlight shape through to the front guard’s high character line and the upswept rear window design (similar again to the outgoing model).
In all, there is more shared here with the look of the new Outlander than the futuristic GR, and we can likely expect Mitsubishi’s other new models - previewed by the GC, XR and AR concepts - to get the full cup of softener before hitting showrooms.
What To Expect In 2015
Replacing the fourth-generation model that first appeared in 2005, the new Triton is expected to make its global debut toward the end of the year.
Three body styles are expected in the new range, including single- and double-cab options, along with a Club Cab model.
The current model’s 2.5 turbodiesel engine is expected to carry over with efficiency-focused updates, and it is believed that a hybrid model will also appear later in 2015. A petrol option is yet to be confirmed.
In concept form, the GR-HEV saw a 2.5 litre diesel engine mated to an electric motor, with an advanced new four-wheel-drive system.
Rear- and four-wheel-drive configurations are likely, mated reportedly to five-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
A five-star ANCAP safety rating is also expected, ensuring the new Triton will be in the running for wider fleet sales, where a top safety score is often required.
The current model, which carries a four-star rating, has sold 7714 units year-to-date, compared to 9598 for the same period in 2013.
4x2 sales are up however, with 1992 sales year-to-date, compared to 1553 for the same period last year.
Now that the new Triton is out in the open, watch for more details to surface in the coming months.
[Photos via AutoIndistriya.com, our thanks to reader Hans.]