Mitsubishi's Triton Evolution: New PHEV System in the Works, Electric Future Unfolding

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Exploring New Frontiers: Mitsubishi's Triton Ute Embraces Advanced Hybrid Technology

In a recent revelation, a senior Mitsubishi engineer has confirmed that the iconic Triton ute is undergoing a transformative evolution with the development of an all-new petrol-electric plug-in hybrid (PHEV) system. The groundbreaking technology, drawing inspiration from Jeep and Land Rover's advancements, is set to propel the Triton into a new era of electrified performance.

Paving the Way for Change: The P2 PHEV System

The upcoming PHEV system, currently in development, shares its roots with the 'P2' PHEV system utilized by Jeep's 4Xe models and Land Rover/Range Rover plug-ins. Unlike the existing PHEV setup in models such as the Mitsubishi Outlander, tailored for transverse engines and light off-road usage, the Triton's new system will be designed for more robust, off-road capabilities.

Mitsubishi Motors engineering fellow Kaoru Sawase highlighted the significance of this development, indicating that the P2 PHEV system will be integrated between the existing engine and transmission. This innovative setup incorporates a 48-volt electric traction motor and related technology, allowing for pure electric driving through a disconnect clutch.

While an official production launch date is yet to be confirmed, the Triton is expected to be the first recipient of this cutting-edge PHEV system, with the Pajero Sport and a potential revival of the Pajero also in consideration.

Triton's Electrified Future: A PHEV Pioneer

Mitsubishi's decision to prioritize a hybrid Triton aligns with its strategy to ease into electrification. The Triton's ladder frame is believed to be more accommodating for a smaller PHEV battery, making it a practical choice for an initial launch.

Mitsubishi Motors engineering fellow Kaoru Sawase emphasized that extensive research and development are underway, acknowledging the demand for a PHEV Triton. However, the launch timeline remains uncertain.

Challenges and Considerations: PHEV vs. Pure Electric

Despite the electrifying developments in the Triton's future, Sawase forecasts that a fully electric Triton is at least five years away. One of the primary challenges lies in improving the performance of the electric machine, particularly in terms of continuous power output. The current technology's limitations hinder its suitability for off-road conditions and long-distance driving.

Mitsubishi's decision to steer away from a diesel plug-in hybrid is attributed to cost considerations, with petrol emerging as a more viable and market-friendly option.

Global Collaboration: Potential Expansion of PHEV Technology

Mitsubishi's alliance partners, Nissan and Renault, could potentially leverage this innovative P2 PHEV system. In a recent statement, Nissan global product chief Ivan Espinosa hinted at the possibility of incorporating similar technology in the next-generation Navara ute, expected in 2025.

The Triton's electrification journey aligns with the industry's shift towards cleaner and more sustainable mobility solutions. As Mitsubishi engineers diligently work towards perfecting the PHEV system for the Triton, the automotive world eagerly awaits the electrifying transformation of this legendary ute. Stay tuned for more updates on Mitsubishi's quest for innovation and sustainability.

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