Explaining this change of design in the new Triton, Chief Product Specialist of the Triton, Yoshiki Masuda said, “Thanks for remembering the J-Line. Yes, it’s kind of a unique shape. It is a little bit more square now, but, it doesn’t affect the interior space in any way."
In the outgoing Triton, the functional J-Line design allowed for more space in the rear, as well as more recline angle for the rear seatbacks. However, Mitsubishi engineers have managed to offer just as much comfort and space in the new Triton without it.
The increased wheelbase length – which is now 3,130 mm, up 130 mm – is another contributor in achieiving the cabin space in the new Triton, without the J-Line feature.
Additionally, there were other factors behind the increased wheelbase length. Masuda explains, “We wanted to improve the stability, crash safety and the loading capacity of the Triton. Also in Malaysia, customers want to carry longer items on the bed, so we really have to find the best balance between all the factors. “
“This is why we increased the wheelbase of the Triton by 130 mm,” he added.
The above comment also clarifies the increase in the new Triton’s turning radius – a unique selling point of the predecessor - which has increased from 5.9-meters to 6.2-meters in the new Triton.
In this regard, Masuda says that the new Triton loses out on the tighter turning radius of its predecessor due to the longer wheelbase, but it remains the best in its class. However, this drawback was necessary, in light of the above-mentioned factors in the design and development of the new Triton.
To recap, following its debut in Thailand, 6 variants (2 inclusive single-cab variants) have initially been announced for our Northern neighbour, powered by the 4N16 turbodiesel 4-cylinder which is offered in three different outputs, with 150 PS/330 Nm, 184 PS/430 Nm and the 204 PS/470 Nm high-output version, respectively.
The engine is mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, depending on spec and market availability.
More high-output engine variants are expected to be introduced in due course, with Mitsubishi only announcing prices of the 184 PS variants during the Thai-launch. Closer to home, the all-new 2024 Mitsubishi Triton is expected to be launched in Malaysia in 2024.
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