KUALA LUMPUR: The fifth-generation Mitsubishi Triton was launched here today in five variants, with prices starting from RM68,000 and rising all the way to RM109,000.
Its first-in-class features include push start button with keyless operation, Xenon headlamps with daytime running lights and, yes, paddle shifters.
Mitsubishi said the Triton's best-in-class features include having the most powerful engine performance in its class with maximum output of 176hp, peak torque of 400Nm and a turning radius of 5.9 metres.
As with most pick-up truck in the market now, the Triton combines the comfortable interior of a passenger car with the functionality and reliability of a pickup.
It comes with an improved and proven 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine with an intercooled Variable Geometry Turbo (VGT) which offers performance with fuel economy. The advanced Double Overhead Cam (DOHC) 16-valve turbodiesel engine with a common-rail system now produces 176hp of power at 4,000rpm and 400Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm - 50Nm more torque than before.
A 5-speed automatic transmission with Sport mode is available, as well as a 5-speed manual transmission. This is coupled to Mitsubishi’s Easy Select 4WD system which distributes power to the front and rear axles. The Easy Select 4WD system has been continuously improved over two decades and is a robust drivetrain able to handle high torque levels.
The Triton boasts of a low coefficient drag of 0.42.
For the more business-oriented customers, the Triton Quest 4x2 is now equipped with a 2.5-litre turbodiesel engine with a high pressure commonrail system. This engine has an output of 109hp and 200Nm.
Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia CEO Won-Chul Yang said the sales target set for the truck is 900 units a month, which will translate into a 20% market share of the pick-up truck segment in Malaysia.
“The Triton is one of our most important products and contributed the most to our revitalization efforts in 2014," said Mitsubishi Motors Corp president and chief operating officer Tetsuro Aikawa.
" Just as the previous Triton, the new one will continue to be our core product, contributing to improving our corporate value and sustainable growth in the future.”
The Triton is imported as a completely built-up (CBU) vehicle from Mitsubishi's plant in Thailand.
It comes with two years of free maintenance and a factory warranty of three years or the first 100,000km. The first 2,000 customers to book and register the truck will receive a free Petronas Gift Card worth RM138 for diesel.