2019 Mitsubishi Triton facelift debuts in Thailand – updated design, new six-speed auto, improved safety

The 2019 Mitsubishi Triton facelift has just made its global debut here in Bangkok, Thailand, and this mid-life update of the fifth-generation pick-up truck brings quite a fair bit of change to the table.

Let’s start with the most obvious change – design. Up front, the new Triton (known as the L200 in certain markets) wears a significantly bolder look, courtesy of the new Dynamic Shield family face. The bonnet line has also been raised, which helps accentuate the sense of presence.

Also new are the slimmer bi-LED headlights with stylish LED daytime running lights. Both units are connected seamlessly to a brand new dual-bar radiator grille. Below that, the halogen fog lamps sit recessed in a protruding housing (much like the Xpander), and two thick chrome strips neatly guide the eye down and towards the side.

Completing the frontal revision is a skid plate that’s finished in satin silver, and it features a quartet of air inlets to aid aerodynamic flow. Round the side, the new Triton sits on newly-designed 18-inch wheels, and the rear end gets a swanky pair of LED tail lights.

Inside, it gets subtle tweaks in the form of new switchgear and air-conditioning vents. In upping the feel-good factor, soft-touch plastics find their way on to the armrests, floor console and parking brake lever.

As before, two engines are being offered – entry-level variants will get the 2.5 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, tuned to produce anywhere from 107 hp and 200 Nm to 134 hp and 324 Nm of torque. Higher-spec models get the latest 4N15 2.4 litre MIVEC turbodiesel mill, producing 179 hp at 3,500 rpm and 430 Nm of torque from 2,500 rpm.

Perhaps the biggest change is the inclusion of a new six-speed automatic transmission, which is an upgrade from the existing five-speed INVECS II unit. According to Mitsubishi, the new six-speeder unit offers smoother gearshifts and more powerful acceleration, as well as improved refinement.

All 4WD Triton models are fitted with Super-Select 4WD for optimum traction and handling characteristics on all surfaces, as well as Easy-Select 4WD. Both 4×4 systems are said to improve off-road performance. Hill descent control is also available for the first time, although this feature is limited to selected 4WD models.

The new 4WD system also features off-road drive modes, such as Gravel, Mud/Snow, Sand and Rock (in 4L only). When engaged, off-road mode integrally controls engine power, transmission and braking to regulate wheel slip, thereby maximising all-terrain performance and traction levels in sticky situations.

Meanwhile, the brakes have been beefed up with larger front ventilated discs and calipers, whereas ride quality has improved thanks to larger rear dampers which contain more damping fluids.

Now, it may be a pick-up truck, but it’s not shabby when it comes to safety either. The kit list includes forward collision mitigation, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert and an ultrasonic misacceleration mitigation system. The last feature helps reduce accidents which result from improper use of the accelerator when moving off or reversing in confined spaces.

Also, the top model features a multi around monitor, which offers drivers a 360-degree bird’s eye view of the car’s surroundings when needed. Front parking sensors have also been added.

The facelifted Mitsubishi Triton will be launched in Thailand on November 17, following which it will be rolled out to 150 countries around the globe. We’ve been told that the Triton is due to arrive in Malaysia within the first quarter of next year.

Ahead of that, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) will be displaying it at the upcoming Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS 2018) from November 23 to December 2, and it’s likely that the order books will open then as well. Alternatively, you may catch the Triton at the following locations as listed above.

MMM will also organise a special display for the new Triton in Johor Bahru at a later date. Those who are interested, click here for display locations and further information about the updated pick-up truck. Like what you see, folks?

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