The Mitsubishi Triton is being redesigned, and it will soon feature a bigger, boxier and more upright body.
Unlike the prototype spied in July, this vehicle has wheel arch extensions and and wider side sills, indicating it lives higher up the pricing chain.
Despite having a slightly broader body, this vehicle seems to have the same track as July’s vehicle.
Like the earlier car, this Triton sports a huge grille flaked by a split headlight setup with a strip of LED driving lights up top along the bonnet’s edge, and possibly blended into chrome highlights of the company’s Dynamic Shield front-end design.
Underneath is a separate lighting pod, for the first time we can see the graphics the indicators, as well as the main- and high-beam units. There seems to a third lighting element near where the bumper juts out in front the grille.
The ute’s overall silhouette and detailing will be a lot squarer and upright than today’s vehicle, and includes character lines above the wheel arches.
Although we’ve yet to glimpse the interior, we expect it will feature a more upscale dashboard design with a larger touchscreen infotainment display.
With Nissan having purchased a controlling 34 per cent stake in Mitsubishi Motors in 2016, the three-diamond brand has been integrated into the development system of the, now, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.
This means virtually all future new Mitsubishis will share their platforms with brands from other alliance members. The first example of this is the latest Outlander, which uses the CMF-C/D architecture and has a lot in common with the Nissan X-Trail.
For the new Triton, Mitsubishi seems to leading the development of the body-on-frame ladder frame underpinnings that will be shared with the next-generation Nissan Navara.
Given the current Navara is at least 50mm longer and wider than the present Triton, the new Triton will have a larger footprint.
Under the bonnet, the Triton will house a “next generation diesel”. In addition to this there has been a lot chatter about electrification.
With Mitsubishi officially leading the Alliance’s plug-in hybrid pursuits, and the Outlander PHEV such an essential part of the brand’s identity of late, the expectation is the next Trition and, likely, Navara will be available down the track with the option of a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.
Earlier this month, Kentaro Honda, the Outlander’s chief engineer, told CarExpert the company is evaluating whether hybrid or plug-in hybrid technology would work suit the Triton best.
Rival Ford Ranger will add a PHEV drivetrain to its range in 2024.
We shouldn’t have to wait to long to see the new Triton undisguised and in the flesh, with the ute scheduled to be released before the end of the current Japanese financial year, which concludes March 2023.
Although given the way supply chains are still bottled up, we also wouldn’t bet against a delay.