After a nine-year wait, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has finally taken the covers off the all the all-new Triton pickup truck, Strada in the Philippines, which is one of its long-time best selling global vehicles. The truck was unveiled on November 18, at MMC’s Laem Chabang Plant in Thailand.
The fifth-generation Triton, which is exclusively produced at the Laem Chabang Plant, is initially sold Thailand but will eventually be offered to the ASEAN, Oceania, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Latin America—eventually exporting it to some 150 countries.
The all-new Triton was been developed to be the “Ultimate Sport Utility Truck,” combining the comfortable interior of a passenger car with the functionality and reliability of a pickup.
Muscular, sleek and dynamic styling, the all-new Triton also provides a much bigger cabin space, ample payload capacity, and class-leading handling. The double cab variant is now 5,280mm long (up 70mm), 1,815mm wide (up 15mm) and 1780mm tall (unchanged), with a wheelbase still at 3,000mm wheelbase.
This quest for refinement is abetted by improvements to the construction such as greater reinforcements and improved rigidity in the engine compartment, plus the joins between the chassis frame, cargo bed and cab.
A new power plant has been produced for the new Triton. The juice will come from a new all-aluminum, low-compression 2.4-liter MIVEC direct-injected diesel engine with variable geometry turbo. The engine promises more power while consuming less fuel. Mated to the new engine is a six-speed manual gearbox that is manufactured in the Philippines. A model with a five-speed automatic transmission will also be offered. Records show that the new engine produces 178hp at 3500rpm and 430Nm of torque at 2500rpm.
The all-new Triton achieves high levels of safety performance through its durable and sturdy chassis and frame structures along with MMC’s own RISE*2 impact safety body. MMC claims that torsional rigidity is up seven percent, and that the body structure has been toughened to improve crashworthiness.
The suspension system of its predecessor was carried over to the new model, sporting a double wishbone front-end and leaf-spring rear suspension. One improvement though was the revision of the mounting points and length of the rear leaf setup that provides for a much better ride and improved on-road comfort.
Triton owners will love the modified steering system wherein the steering ration has been lowered—resulting in more response from smaller inputs.
The all-new Triton also delivers quietness and ride comfort on a par with a passenger car thanks to the strategic placement of sound insulation, absorption and vibration damping materials.
MMC has been producing pickup trucks since 1978, selling over four million units worldwide. Pickup truck manufacturing focused on Thailand from the third-generation model and the all-new Triton marks the fifth-generation model.