Now integrates Dynamic Shield a little better.
Japanese carmaker Mitsubishi is preparing to release a heavily-facelifted version of its popular Triton ute, bringing with it the marque’s new corporate design language that has set off Triton stablemates win their respective segments.
Mitsubishi’s hold in greater Australasia means that the company will be skipping the Paris motor show that opens in a couple of weeks time, focusing their efforts towards launching the Triton in Thailand first, and then fast-tracking it for Australian introduction. The teaser image released today shows that new face, revealing a couple of details.
For starters, it’s obvious that the Dynamic Shield face will necessitate the use of very slim upper headlights which, to our eyes, house the main headlight projectors and daytime running lights. Linking the two headlights are what appears to be a slim grille with a prominent Mitsubishi tri-diamond badge; Beneath the headlights are the bold chrome accents that also appear to outline some large lower lighting units, though we aren’t entire sure what they are.
Expect to find a large grille between those chrome bits too, as that upper grille won’t be enough to keep the engine cool.
It’s understood that little will be changed with the profile of the Triton, but the rear will see the fitment of a new-design bumper, and some reworked taillights. We’re also expecting to see only a few changes inside, perhaps limited to improved infotainment functionality and maybe new upholstery options.
The powertrains on offer are still the subject of speculation, with some quarters suggesting that they’ll be carry-over from the outgoing car, and others positing that it’ll use either a brand-new powertrain, or a powertrain adapted from the larger Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance that’s new to the Triton. Even if the engines aren’t reworked that’s hardly worth crying a river over, as the 2.4-litre MIVEC turbodiesel lump we get now was quite the charmer during our road test of the Triton, and remained impressive when we pitted it against the Nissan Navara.
Either way, we’re expecting to see the Triton sometime in December, as Mitsubishi is expediting the model’s launch here and are aiming to get it on showroom floors in time to dub it an MY2019 car. Extensive Australian testing means we should expect a Triton with great ride & handling, perfected for our roads. Time will tell, but we can’t wait.