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Launch: Mitsubishi Triton

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Kuala Lumpur, 26th May, 2015 – Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia has finally unveiled the all-new Triton today, marking the fifth-generation of the highly-successful line of pick up trucks produced by Mitsubishi Motors over a span of 37 years. The new Mitsubishi Triton will be available in two shapes (much like before), with the Triton VGT and Triton MT sitting higher up the food chain than the Triton Quest (previously known as the Triton Lite).

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Present to introduce the Triton were Tetsuro Aikawa (President & CEO of Mitsubishi Group), Kozo Shiraji (Executive VP & Group CEO of Machinery Group from Mitsubishi Corporation), and Won-Chul Yang (CEO of Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia).

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The new Triton does not go down a new path when it comes to design. Mitsubishi decided to favour evolution over revolution, with the design still unmistakably Triton, with the trademark curved border (Mitsubishi calls it ‘J-line’) between the cab and rear deck. A key giveaway with the new Triton is the new headlamp and grille arrangement, the latter covered in chrome on all variants except for the utilitarian Triton Quest. The rear headlamps are also updated with a new shape.

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Under the hood of the Triton VGT is a 2.5-litre variable geometry turbo engine with 178hp and 400Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. While the engine isn’t new, it marks an improvement over the previous version, which had 50Nm less torque. The Triton VGT comes with two gearbox options; a five-speed auto with Sport mode, and a traditional five-speed manual.

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The Triton MT is powered by a 2.5-litre commonrail turbo with 136hp and 324Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm, but doesn’t benefit from a limited slip differential. While the low-riding Triton Quest (125mm lower) makes do with a basic 2.5-litre DOHC commonrail unit good for 110hp and 200Nm of torque going directly to the rear wheels. Both the Triton and MT and Quest are only available with five-speed manual gearboxes.

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When it comes to goodies, the top-spec Triton VGT Adventure gets plenty of kit, including steering-mounted paddle shifters, HID projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, dual-zone auto air conditioning, auto headlamps and wipers, cruise control, a slew of leather, keyless entry and push start, and a 6.1-inch touchscreen head unit with Bluetooth compatibility, voice command and reverse camera. The deal is sweetened with bespoke 17-inch wheels.

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The Triton VGT AT and VGT MT also get keyless/push start, (single-zone) auto air conditioning, a leather wrapped steering wheel with audio buttons, as well as a touchscreen head unit (without Bluetooth, voice commands and reverse camera). There’s a new rotary selector for the Easy Select 4WD system (2H, 4H, 4L) to replace the old vibrating stick, but is only available in the VGT Adventure and VGT AT. Both VGT’s ride on 16-inch alloys.

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The no-nonsense Quest makes do with bare necessities like a single-DIN CD player with AUX/USB, power windows, power adjustable wing mirrors, manual air conditioning and 15-inch wheels. On a safety front, all Tritons get ABS, EBD, dual airbags and Isofix child seat mount. Rather significantly, Electric Stability Control (ESC) is missing. When quizzed, Mitsubishi Motors claimed the need to keep pricing down as a reason for the lack of ESC.

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The new Triton range starts at RM67,604 for the Quest, going up to RM83,163 for the Triton MT. For the VGT-powered models, the VGT MT is priced at RM92,115, while the VGT AT comes in at RM98,550. The VGT Adventure with all the bells and whistles will set you back RM108,274. All prices are on-the-road including GST, but without insurance. Purchase of a Triton includes a three year or 100,000km warranty package, with two years of free servicing.

About Kiron Subhash

The most recent member of the collective, Kiron now follows the team to cover local and international automotive events. He is now training in multimedia journalism, acquiring experience in onsite reporting, feature writing, photography, videography, and social media engagement. Conspicuously influenced by Andrew and Jack in the rewarding life of a biker, Kiron now harbours a deep-seated love for motorcycle riding (and fuel-saving).

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