Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia today officially launched the new 2014 Triton, which features minor cosmetic updates and new equipment over the previous model.
Identifiable by a redesigned bumper and grille borrowed from the Pajero Sport, updated variants of the Triton include the range-topping VGT GS, followed by the regular 2.5-litre turbodiesel models. More utilitarian variants such as the Single Cab, Heavy Duty, and Lite Turbo continue as they were.
Among the updated variants, prices start at RM84,631.20 with insurance for the 2.5 M/T Standard going all the way up to RM110,905.10 for the VGT GS model with the 2.5 M/T and 2.5 A/T variants lying in between. The VGT GL model, which used to sit in between the VGT GS and regular 2.5 A/T, has been discontinued.
Engines continue in their unchanged states, the regular models eking out 134hp and 314Nm from its 2.5-litre turbodiesel engine mated to either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. The more powerful VGT engine, meanwhile, pushes out 176hp and 350Nm to a 5-speed automatic transmission. All variants are equipped with Mitsubishi’s Easy Select part-time 4WD system, and the VGT GS further benefits from having a torque-sensing Hybrid LSD for better traction on slippery surfaces.
The Triton now enters its eighth year of service, and it is notable for having one of the shorter cargo beds in the segment. A facelift in 2009 saw the introduction of a longer cargo bed, but at the expense of a compromised departure angle. Since September 2013, Mitsubishi has reverted the VGT GS to the short bed configuration, whilst leaving other variants with the extended bed.
As range-topper, the VGT GS naturally comes with a longer list of kit, items exclusive to it including a 6.1″ touchscreen with reverse camera, 17″ alloy wheels, sunroof (only pick-up so equipped), power sliding rear vent window, leather seats, auto climate control, and security tint. All variants get Mitsubishi’s unique multi-mode RV meter display and projector headlamps (uncommon among pick-ups) as standard.
“We sold more than 7,000 units of the Triton with 13.2% market share last year. To date, the Triton has found close to 46,000 proud owners in Malaysia and has reached a cumulative sales volume of 1.2 million units worldwide since its introduction in 2005,” said Tetsuya Oda, Chief Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia.
Available with a choice of five colours – Red Solid (VGT only), Pearl White, Black Mica, Cool Silver Metallic (not available for VGT), and White Solid (2.5 M/T standard only) – the new 2014 Mitsubishi Triton is offered with a 3-year / 100,000km warranty together with a 2-year free maintenance package.