Mitsubishi has become the first to offer an aluminium diesel engine in a pick-up, with the introduction of the new Triton today, which Mitsubishi claims to be more powerful and fuel efficient than its predecessor.
The Triton is now powered by a new aluminium alloy block 2.4-litre MIVEC Turbo Diesel engine with VGT Intercooler, and is also the first pick-up to use the Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing Electronic Control System (MIVEC) variable valve timing technology.
The MIVEC technology, which allows for finer control of the valves, has previously only been available on Mitsubishi’s petrol engines.
Improvements in common rail diesel technology have allowed diesel fuels to combust at much lower pressure, leading to reduced noise and emissions, but precise control of the valves is still necessary to maintain cold-start performance.
Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) said the new engine is also compatible with Euro 2M diesel, but Euro 5 would be optimal for its performance.
With the new engine, the Triton’s output has been increased to 181hp from 178hp previously, and torque has also been increased to 430Nm while fuel consumption has been decreased by 15%.
Besides being more powerful and efficient, the new engine is also lighter by 30kg while still retaining the same level of reliability and robustness as other Mitsubishi 4x4s, due to the use of lightweight aluminium instead of traditional cast iron material.
The reduced kerb weight and increased power output has also improved the Triton’s overall acceleration and driving performance.
Mitsubishi claims the noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) has been reduced, making the new Triton a quieter and more comfortable drive, and the use of timing chain also means reduced maintenance costs and a longer service lifespan.
The new Triton VGT Adventure X variant is now the flagship of the Triton range, and comes standard with rugged looking accessories like a Shield Extender for the front bumper, new Sports Bar with Fullbox and Dual-tone 17-inch alloy wheels.
The existing Triton VGT AT and VGT MT have also been upgraded on top of the new engine, with Automatic Bi-Xenon HID headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights and rear fog lamps available as standard, while the VGT MT has been upgraded with a six-speed manual transmission.
All 4×4 models are equipped with Mitsubishi’s Easy Select 4WD system, and are imported as CBU from the company’s global production hub in Thailand.
The available variants and colours are as below:
The new Triton comes with two years free maintenance and a three-year or 100,000km factory warranty whichever comes first.