Unveiling the Australian-Tuned Powerhouse: Mitsubishi's 2024 Triton Ute
In the highly competitive world of utility vehicles, Mitsubishi is gearing up to launch its latest offering, the 2024 Triton Ute, with a distinct Australian touch.
Set to rival stalwarts like the Ford Ranger and the Toyota HiLux, he Triton has undergone a significant transformation, thanks to the meticulous work of the Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited (MMAL) team.
Australian expertise in the driver's seat
Heading the development is Tony Dorrington, the Project Manager at MMAL, whose previous experience includes fine-tuning the 380 sedan from the mid-2000's and said the ultimate goal was to make the new Triton feel less agricultural. He emphasises the aim to create a driving experience akin to a premium SUV, with enhanced agility, responsiveness, and ride comfort while retaining its robust off-road and workhorse capabilities.
Dorrington explains, "We've improved all dynamic elements of the vehicle to ensure new-gen Triton's performance is a match for Australia's tough conditions and customer expectations."
Under the Hood: Powerful Upgrades
The new-generation Triton was revealed earlier this year with advancements across the board to chassis, technology, safety, styling and the engine.
The main changes include the 2024 Tritons larger dimensions, stiffer ladder-frame chassis, boosted (and now class competitive) 3500kg towing capacity and a twin-turbo 150kW/470Nm 2.4-litre diesel engine. These changes put the Triton on par with, if not surpassing, leading rivals such as the Ford Ranger and Isuzu D-Max.
Fine-Tuned for Australia
Mitsubishi claims that over 100 suspension combinations were tested locally, with the Triton benchmarked against both competitors and its predecessor. The result? A significant reduction in impact harshness, improved body control, enhanced on-center feel, and more linear steering with precise feedback.
Local testing involved public roads and the renowned ex-Holden Lang Lang Proving Ground in Victoria, showcasing Mitsubishi's commitment to adapting the Triton to the unique challenges presented by Australian conditions.
The Triton's electronic power steering (EPS) received special attention, offering lighter steering for low-speed maneuvers and increased feedback at higher speeds. This nuanced tuning process was then integrated into the global steering setup of the new Mitsubishi model.
Tribute to Australian Expertise
Mitsubishi Japan recognises the vital role Australia plays in its global strategy, especially in the light commercial segment. Triton Chief Engineer, Tetsuya Tobe, acknowledges the significance of the Australian market, praising the MMAL team for their expertise and support. He states, "Australia is a very important market for us, particularly in the light commercial segment, so from our initial discussions, we created a plan to test the Triton in Australian conditions."
Anticipation is building as Mitsubishi's new Triton is set to hit public showrooms in January next year. With its Australian-tuned features and an impressive array of upgrades, the Triton is poised to make a significant impact in the highly competitive ute market. As the countdown begins, all eyes are on Mitsubishi, eager to experience firsthand the result of this collaborative effort between global engineering and Australian expertise.