Mitsubishi has at last revealed its all-new 2015 Triton, unveiling the big pickup in Thailand today.
This week’s outing, the Triton’s first official appearance since revealing spy photos surfaced in June, comes ahead of a confirmed mid-2015 Australian launch.
Mitsubishi promises a more efficient and more capable Triton for 2015, claiming to have “raised the bar” for car-like comfort, quietness and steering.
Revealed here in double-cab form, the new Triton will also be offered in single- and club-cab styles.
International engine options will include ‘4D56’ 2.5 litre diesel and ‘4G64’ 2.4 litre petrol engines, along with a new 133kW/430Nm ‘4N15’ aluminium 2.4 litre MIVEC four-cylinder turbodiesel option.
New 4N15 2.4 Diesel
Locally, the 2015 Triton will launch exclusively with the 2.4 litre diesel, which boasts a low compression ratio of 15.5:1 - a key factor in the use of an aluminium cylinder block.
A variable-geometry turbocharger is featured, matched to Mitsubishi’s MIVEC valve timing and lift control system.
The new engine is also lighter than the previous model’s 4D56 diesel option, contributing to an overall 20 percent improvement in fuel consumption.
The new ‘MIVEC Clean Diesel’-badged engine’s figures see 133kW available at 3500rpm, while peak torque is available at 2500rpm.
Importantly, Mitsubishi says the new engine’s design focuses on reduced maintenance costs, thanks in large part to the use of a timing chain that needn’t ever be replaced, and longer intervals between engine coolant changes, valve clearance and other inspections.
New six-speed manual and five-speed auto transmissions will feature with the new engine, with the auto also equipped with Sport Mode shifting.
The new manual boasts triple-cone high-capacity synchromesh in first, second and third gears, along with a new pedal-force transmission cylinder.
For the new ‘Sport Mode’ auto, there’s higher torque capacity and a revised gate-type shift pattern.
In its current form, Australian-delivered Triton models are available with either a 94kW/194Nm 2.4 litre petrol or a 131kW/400Nm 2.5 litre diesel. Depending on specification, transmissions include five-speed manual and five-speed and four-speed automatic options.
Rivals to the new engine will include a new 2.3 litre twin-turbo diesel in Nissan's upcoming Navara, which will boast 140kW and 450Nm.
There's also the 103kW/340Nm and 132kW/400Nm Amarok models and, interestingly, a recently revealed (but still to come) Volkswagen recently revealed a 200kW version.
Other features with the 2015 Triton include Easy Select 4WD, matched to a hybrid rear limited-slimited differential.
The Easy Select 4WD system offers three modes - 2H, 4H and 4L - and switching between 2H and 4H can be done at speeds up to 100km/h.
As with its predecessor, suspension in the new Triton is by a double wishbone front and a leaf-spring setup at the rear.
High Rider models, in both two- and four-wheel-drive form, get revised mounting positions and length for the leaf springs, with suspension travel revised for better on-road comfort and off-road stability.
There’s also an upgraded front stabiliser bar, along with revised front and rear springs and shocks.
Other features include 16- and 15-inch front disc brakes depending on model, and 11.6 or 10-inch rear drums, along with anti-lock brake, electronic brake-force distribution, Hill Start Assist and, in the four-wheel-drive double-cab model, Active Stability and Traction Control.
Other safety features include Mitsubishi’s RISE body construction with a rigid passenger cell, along with driver and front passenger SRS airbags, and pretensioners and force limiters for the seat belts.
The all-important cargo area boasts lengths of 1520mm in double-cab form, 1850mm for the club-cab and 2265mm for the single-cab. All versions measure 1470mm wide and 475mm tall.
Ground clearance is listed at between 195mm and 205mm, depending on the model and specifications.
The new Triton will be built in Thailand, with export programs planned for Australia, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Latin America.
WATCH for more Australian details on the new Triton to surface in the lead-up to its mid-2015 launch.
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