TOKYO: Mitsubishi Motors Corp announced that the all-new 2024 Triton one-ton pickup truck, the all-new Xforce compact SUV, and the new Delica Mini super height-wagon kei-car have won the Good Design Award 2023 organised by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion.
Comments from the jury: "This Triton pickup is targeted mainly at the Asean and Latin America markets. As a partner for work and leisure in these areas, it requires a power not found in passenger vehicles and a sense of fun that sets it apart from other commercial vehicles. The styling, consisting of a front face with a strong presence, distinctive lighting utilizing LEDs, a horizontally-themed silhouette, and square fenders, fully meets these requirements and clearly conveys the brand identity. In addition, the vehicle offers a spacious cabin, a functional instrument panel, a low cargo bed, and other user-friendly features, while also standing out for its excellent workmanship, including a cover for the inside of the cargo bed."
The 2024 fully redesigned Mitsubishi Triton one-ton pickup truck had its world premier in Bangkok, Thailand in July 2023.
The all-new Triton will be rolled out in markets centering on the Asean and Oceania regions and is due for launch in Japan in early 2024 for the first time in 12 years.
Now in its sixth generation, the all-new Triton is fully redesigned for the first time in nine years.
Based on the product concept "Power for Adventure," all elements of the Triton have been completely reimagined, from the interior and exterior design to the chassis, ladder frame and engine.
Key features include:
• A beefed-up body size compared to the previous model, a newly developed ladder frame that provides durability and reliability, and a newly developed engine that achieves both higher output and improved environmental performance
• A newly developed suspension that provides excellent ride comfort and steering stability, and Super Select 4WD-II system and upgraded drive modes that achieve high road performance
• A front face with a strong sense of presence and reliability, a wide and robust styling, and a classy interior offering excellent functionality and operability
• Significantly improved safety and comfort for a wide range of purposes, from business to personal use
With a larger body, it has a newly developed 2.4L clean diesel turbo engine that significantly boosts environmental performance and power.
Road performance has been greatly enhanced through features such as upgraded drive modes and electronically controlled Active Yaw Control (AYC) combined with Super Select 4WD-II system.
With the adoption of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) among other new safety features and emergency support using connected car technology, safety and comfort has been greatly improved.
The newly developed ladder frame has a 65% greater cross-sectional area than the previous model, achieving a bending rigidity increase of 60% and a torsional rigidity increase of 40%.
The body is also lighter than the previous model through the use of a new 1180 MPa high-tensile steel material.
The newly developed 4N16 clean diesel engine comes in three different output specifications.
The high-output version is equipped with a new turbo charger and new combustion system, providing 150kW and torque of 470Nm from 1,500 rpm.
There are two versions of the standard specification – one with 135kW and maximum torque of 430Nm, and one with 110kW and maximum torque of 330Nm.
Both have a variable geometry turbo charger that performs variable control of turbine capacity.
The all-new Triton comes with either a six-speed automatic transmission with the highly acclaimed Sports mode from the previous model, or a six-speed manual transmission with shift-by-wire that reduces vibration directly transmitted from the engine and improving comfort.
The 4WD system enables the driver to easily shift to 4WD mode while driving by using a dial selector.
The all-new Triton continues to use Mitsubishi Motors' Super Select 4WD-II and Easy Select 4WD systems, and Super Select 4WD-II is equipped with a center torque sensing Limited Slip Differential (LSD) that distributes driving force at a ratio of 40% to the front and 60% to the rear, thus ensuring both traction performance and cornering performance.
Models equipped with the Super Select 4WD-II system can select from the four options of 2H (rear-wheel drive), 4H (full-time four-wheel drive), 4HLc (locked center differential) and 4LLc (locked center differential with lower gears), and have seven drive modes including on-road modes, an increase over the four off-road modes of the previous model.
Along with Normal mode that is available in all 4WD modes, 2H offers Eco mode for prioritization of economy, 4H offers Gravel and Snow modes, 4HLc offers Mud and Sand modes for traction performance, while 4LLc provides Rock mode, allowing drivers to select the optimum drive mode for any road condition.
The 4WD modes available for selection in vehicles equipped with Easy Select 4WD are 2H (rear-wheel drive), 4H (locked center differential), and 4L (for low-gear driving).
AYC is newly adopted for models equipped with the Super Select 4WD-II system.
It improves cornering performance by applying light braking to the inside front wheel when cornering. Both the two-wheel and four-wheel drive models are equipped with active LSD (brake control type). By applying the brake to a spinning wheel and distributing the driving torque to wheels gripping the road surface, it improves safety on slippery surfaces while also providing a sporty driving experience.
Active Stability & Traction Control (ASTC) that improves stability on winding roads is standard equipped on all models.