Local reveal of 2019 Mitsubishi Triton

First impressions on Mitsubishi's latest Triton.

The Triton ute is Mitsubishi Australia’s biggest selling vehicle model, and Australia is the second-largest Triton market on the planet. And while the nameplate’s 40th birthday has rolled round, there’s no mid-life crisis happening.

We got a sneak-peek at the updated for 2019 Triton models, and it’s looking more contemporary, and tougher than ever, while under the skin there’s mechanical improvements.  And its new driver assistance safety features are class leading.

There’s a total of 20 variants in the new range including two and four-wheel drive models, plus single cab/chassis, club cab, and double cab body styles. The previous model’s 2.4-litre turbo diesel engine carries over in all models, while the tool-of-trade GLX 2WD cab/chassis also offers 2.4-litre petrol engine.

Externally there’s a raised engine bonnet line, adoption of Mitsubishi’s ‘dynamic shield’ grille and front end, pumped out guards and a squarer silhouette, with the squarer styling carrying through to the rear end and taillamps.

The interior has come in for some cosmetic and functional changes including greater use of soft-touch trims, addition of smartphone trays, revised centre console, and USB ports for rear occupants. Rear occupants of high-end models, the GLS and GLS Premium, will be more comfortable in hot weather with a mid-roof-mounted vent system to circulate cool air to the rear now standard.

New Triton interior

Mechanical upgrade highlights include a new six-speed auto (replacing the old five-speed) giving a wider gear ratio spread, a revised rear axle ratio, revised leaf spring rates and larger diameter dampers with revised settings, heavy duty rear suspension on the workhorse models (GLX and GLX+), 18-inch alloys and larger front brakes with two-pot callipers (GLS, GLS Premium).

The two top-tier 4WD models also now have a new off-road Mode system with hill-descent control to complement their Super-Select II 4WD system. With four driver-selectable modes, Gravel, Mud/Snow, Sand, and Rock, the new system improves all-terrain capability.

The new model takes driver assistance safety tech in this class to a new level. Forward collision mitigation (AEB), rear park sensors and lane departure warning are standard on GLX+ and above grades and optional ($800) on GLX (only rear park sensors standard). Both high grade vehicles also get auto high beam, blind-spot monitoring, lane-change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, front park sensors and an around-view monitor.

Price rises across the range ($500 to $3000, grade dependant) are off-set by the upgrades and extra features. Prices start at $22,490 rising to $51,990. The new Triton is due for release late January 2019, and from launch until June 30th, 2019, a seven year/15,0000km warranty will apply.

New Triton front