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Mark Motors Thailand is Thailand's leading automobile exporter. Triton is our second largest selling vehicle after Toyota Hilux Vigo. Nissan Navara is threatening to unseat Triton from its second place but Triton has just been upgraded and won't take the onslaught lying down.

Mitsubishi Triton

The new "Triton" 1-ton pickup truck has replaced the 2005 Strada after a full redesign. Triton is assembled at Mitsubishi Motors local facility in Laem Chabang, Thailand. Following the Thai launch on August 25, 2006, Mitsubishi plans to ship it to other countries and regions. Orders are pouring in at Mark Motors and we plan to export more Tritons to more countries and regions than Mitsubishi just as we outstripped Toyota in Vigo sales. Triton models are powered by a newly-developed common rail direct injection diesel engine that delivers high outputs while returning low consumption, clean emissions and quiet operation.

The major features that distinguish the new Triton pickup are: An original and stylish exterior/interior design that adds a sporty dash to pickup toughness; packaging that provides a best-in-class roomy interior living space; and suspension and interior appointments that realize sedan levels of comfort and ride. These elements serve both to highlight the originality and advanced qualities Triton brings to the pickup segment and also to eliminate the commonly held image of a pickup being a vehicle design purely for commercial use. As such, these characteristics are expected to make a major contribution in expanding the customer base for Mitsubishi brand pickup trucks. Triton is fitted with the Pajero's 2. 6 and 3. 2-litre Di-D turbo-diesel engines.

The new L200 gets two engine options, including the latest in common-rail fuel-injection technology and turbo-charging: 2. 5 and 3. 2 liters to make it an effective competitor to the Isuzu D-Max, Toyota Hilux Vigo and Chevrolet Colorado.

The 3. 2-liter engine is new for the pickup line and is an improved version of the one used in Mitsubishi's Pajero midsize sport-utility vehicle. It becomes the first diesel in the segment with a displacement over 3. 0 liters.

As with the current range, the new truck offers a choice of single or double cabs, two- or four-wheel drive, and manual or automatic transmissions.

The Thai Mitsubishi division wants to make the new L200 the most powerful pickup available, toppling the 163-horsepower, 3. 0-liter D4D diesel offered by Toyota. Likely outputs for the Mitsubishi light truck could be as high as 175 horsepower.

Mitsubishi has made Thailand the global hub for pickup production.

Mitsubishi Triton Features

RISE BODY HYPER FRAME

The progress in development of safety chassis RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) greatly increases your safety while keeping shocks to the minimum. In case of a crash, the structural build of chassis will absorb the shocks and disperse them all over, resulting in maximum protection available to the passengers. The build structure of interior passenger room has been designed to ensure the maximum strength available. An extra SIDE SHAFT has been installed in order to minimize the extent of shock which may occur in case of a side crash along with a new bigger chassis in order to absorb all kind of shocks and provide the maximum protection in case of a front crash.

 

SUSPENSION (HYPER RIDE DYNAMICS)

Anti shake system in 4WD Model

A new model of anti shake system is being introduced. Double storey coil spring along with anti shaking rod helps in having the most comfortable driving experience for a SUV. The rear anti shaking system has also been designed to perfection guaranteeing smooth drive on either a normal road or Off Road

EASY SELECT 4WD

The 4WD system of The New Mitsubishi Triton has been tested on the racing grounds of DACAR ensuring the quality and best performance of the system. The EASY SELECT4WD or ES4 provides you with the maximum freedom in all kind of driving experiences. You can easily choose and switch to all of the modes (2WD, 4WD or 4H) by yourself according to the road condition and situations.

 

High 2WD Mode (2H)

This is the normal mode. It is to use for driving on normal roads. Only the rear wheels will do the walking and resulting in lower fuel consumption

 

High 4WD Mode (4H)

This mode is used to drive on unleveled roads and the kind of surfaces where only rear 2WD power won’t be enough

Low 4WD Mode (4L)

The best choice for Off Road Driving Experience

ANTI LOCKING BRAKING SYSTEM ABS 4 SENSORS

The ABS system works by checking the sensors on each wheel separately in quick order of 1000times/sec. When applying the brakes suddenly or on a wet road, it will provide the maximum protection by not locking the wheel and will give you the maximum control according to your necessity.

 

Mitsubishi Single Cab

Mitsubishi Mega Cab (Extra Cab)

Mega Cab 2. 5 GLX DI-D Hyper Common Rail Turbo Manual

 

Mega Cab 2. 5 GLX DI-D Hyper Common Rail Turbo Auto

4WD Mega Cab 2. 5 GLX DI-D Hyper CommonRail Turbo M/T

 

 

 

Mitsubishi Double Cab

Double Cab 2. 5 GLX DI-D Hyper Common Rail Turbo Manual

Double Cab 2. 5 GLX DI-D Hyper Common Rail Turbo Auto

4WD Double Cab 2. 5 GLX DI-D Hyper CommonRail Turbo M/T

4WD Double Cab 3. 2 GLS DI-D Hyper CommonRail Turbo M/T

4WD Double Cab 3. 2 GLS DI-D Hyper CommonRail Turbo A/T

 

 

2006 Mitsubishi Triton

RISE BODY HYPER FRAME Safety Chassis RISE BODY

The progress in development of safety chassis RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) will greatly increase the safety and limit the experiencing of all kinds of shocks which may occur, to the minimum. In case of a crash, the structural build of chassis will absorb the shocks and disperse them all over, resulting in maximum protection available to the passengers. The build structure of interior passenger room has been designed to ensure the maximum strength available. An extra SIDE SHAFT has been installed in order to minimize the extent of shock which may occur in case of a side crash along with a new bigger chassis in order to absorb all kind of shocks and provide the maximum protection in case of a front crash.

SUSPENSION (HYPER RIDE DYNAMICS) Anti shake system in 4WD Model A new model of anti shake system is being introduced. Double storey coil spring along with anti shaking rod helps in having the most comfortable driving experience for a SUV. The rear anti shaking system has also been designed to perfection guaranteeing smooth drive on either a normal road or Off Road

EASY SELECT 4WD The 4WD system of The New Mitsubishi Triton has been tested on the racing grounds of DACAR ensuring the quality and best performance of the system. The EASY SELECT4WD or ES4 provides you with the maximum freedom in all kind of driving experiences. You can easily choose and switch to all of the modes (2WD, 4WD or 4H) by yourself according to the road condition and situations.

High 2WD Mode (2H) This is the normal mode. It is to use for driving on normal roads. Only the rear wheels will do the walking and resulting in lower fuel consumption

High 4WD Mode (4H) This mode is used to drive on unleveled roads and the kind of surfaces where only rear 2WD power won’t be enough

Low 4WD Mode (4L) The best choice for Off Road Driving Experience

ANTI LOCKING BRAKING SYSTEM ABS 4 SENSORS The ABS system works by checking the sensors on each wheel separately in quick order of 1000times/sec. When applying the brakes suddenly or on a wet road, it will provide the maximum protection by not locking the wheel and will give you the maximum control according to your necessity.

 

Produced by Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co. , Ltd, the new Triton (known as L200, Storm on export markets) builds on the success of its predecessor, including: - Over 700, 000 units exported out of Thailand since 1988 - FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup Winner in 2003

Race-bred styling Previewed during the 2005 Dakar Rally as “Truck Evolution”, the new L200 owes much of its design inspiration to the 2002 Pajero Evo 2+2 concept and the Pajero Evolution racer, with its nearly identical sharp lines, evocative Mitsubishi “Mount Fuji” grille and firm stance.

Elaborating on this theme, Mitsubishi Motors designers approached the pickup concept with fresh eyes. They turned the bed into a bold styling feature, instead of a mere box, and gave the cabin the largest interior room in the segment, as expected from a Sports Utility Truck (S. U. T. ).

Driving machine Available in Single Cab, Club Cab and four-door Double Cab body types, the new L200 will also add high driving standards to the mid-size pickup equation, with its contemporary SUV-like permanent Super Select 4-wheel drive system, active stability and traction control with 17” wheels and a tight, class-leading turning circle.

Triton offers all the key work-related attributes, whilst being eminently capable on and off-road, thanks to its totally redesigned hydro-formed fully boxed frame and new independent front suspension and rear live axle set-up.

Engine options in Thailand include: 1, 2. 5-liter Indirect Turbodiesel (4D56) capable of 90 PS @ 4000 rpm and 196 Nm @ 2000 rpm 2, 2. 5-liter DI-D Hyper Common Rail Turbo (4D56), capable of 116 PS @ 4000 rpm and 247 Nm @ 2000 rpm 3, 2. 5-liter DI-D Hyper Common Rail Turbo Intercooler (4D56), capable of 140 PS @ 4000 rpm and 321 Nm @ 2000 rpm 4, 3. 2-liter DI-D Hyper Common Rail Turbo Intercooler (4M41), capable of 165 PS @ 4000 rpm and 351 Nm @ 2000 rpm.

 

Bangkok Post Article

Bangkok Post in its 12th August 2005 edition had the following to say about Mitsubishi Triton:

MITSU'S CHEERFUL ANSWER

Despite some unresolved driving manners, the all-new Strada replacement is setting new trends in design and cabin comfort

RICHARD LEU

"When Isuzu launched the D-Max in Thailand three years ago, the country's best-selling pickup made all of its competitors look dated in appearance.

"Early last year, Chevrolet stunned the market with its own version called the Colorado. With an American-style macho-looking face, the reskinned D-Max helped the Chevrolet make a formidable comeback in the Thai pickup market.

Then late last year, Toyota unveiled the all-new Hilux Vigo sporting an aggressive exterior package and, more importantly, a car-like interior to put other pickups to shame.

Now, it is Mitsubishi's turn. Later this month, the all-new Strada will be officially introduced in Thailand and will carry a new badge by the name of Triton.

Once again, the Triton is making the entire competition bland, thanks to a distinctive design direction aimed at steering the Mitsubishi brand into a new generation.

Many of you may have already seen pictures of the Triton. But it looks truly gorgeous in metal, particularly in 4x4 double-cab form.

In fact, the design of the Triton was carried when Oliver Boulay was still in charge of Mitsubishi's design division. Of evidence is the fat nose that has managed to grace the front grilles of the Lancer compact sedan and Outlander compact SUV.

Complementing the Triton's accentuated nose are teardrop head lamps and large fog lights deeply embedded in the bumper. Savvy-looking details continue with curvy C-pillars, rounded triangular rear lights, short front overhang and chunky alloys.

Briefly put, the Triton looks quite amazing in the flesh and manages to strike an effective difference from its opposition.

The sensation carries on inside and has clearly shown that Mitsubishi isn't about to let the Hilux Vigo have the floor on its own.

But unlike in the Toyota where the ambience is on the classy side, it's sporty and youthful in the Mitsubishi, especially in GLS Limited form.

The Triton's interior comes with a shapely dashboard, doses of alloy-like panels, a great-looking three-spoke steering wheel, racey panel dials, black leather with blue-coloured stitchings and digital readouts for the compass, altimeter, trip computer and other on-board information.

While the cabin looks and feels modern, it is also functional and comfortable. It's not only the front seats that are well-shaped _ the rear bench is just as comfortable to sit in.

In the Triton's rear, you don't sit that uprightly and it is quite car-like. It's a step forward in pickups. Legroom is equally commendable, thanks to increases in dimensions. Value-added features include a centre armrest with cupholders in it and rear windscreen that can open electrically.

It appears the Triton has the best interior at the moment and really makes those of the Ford Ranger, Mazda Fighter and Nissan Frontier awful places to be in. The only rival that comes closest to the Triton in this aspect is the Hilux Vigo.

Powering this top-of-the-line Triton is a 3. 2-litre turbo-diesel sourced from the Pajero mid-sized SUV. The 3, 200cc falls perfectly under the 3, 250cc limit imposed on excise taxation, thanks to successful lobbying by Mitsubishi. Anything under that is 3%; over it 50%.

Mitsubishi has become the fourth brand after Toyota, Isuzu and Chevrolet to offer a complete line of diesel engines with common-rail fuel injection technology.

The driving trials were held in Bo Phloi district in Kanchanaburi last week and included an off-road course and on-road track. That said, we weren't able to test fuel economy or day-to-day driving manners.

But a quick drive in the Triton reveals a mix bag of merits and flaws. The 165hp performance _ highest in the class so far _ is definitely a strong point, thanks to the 351Nm of torque that yields plenty of low-end shove and a reasonably smooth-shifting four-speed automatic transmission.

But the engine is quite noisy, while there isn't enough suppression of the diesel clatter. That's not too commendable when you consider this engine to be newest in the market. It appears the Hilux Vigo's engine is still the most refined oil-burner in the pickup segment.

Mitsubishi has carried out extensive changes in the chassis department including a new front double wishbone suspension, rear leaf springs located on top of the axle and a rack-and-pinion steering.

The result is fine body control and relatively neat handling both on- and off-road. The ride is nimble and rear passengers shouldn't complain of a bouncy ride.

But it's the steering that spoils overall driving manners. Despite the new rack, it's still not direct and responsive enough. This even applies during off-roading, even though the light assistance makes driving easy to a certain degree.

So while the Triton has the ride comfort and performance (and brakes) to boast about, the steering and engine refinement clearly are the weak points when it comes to the driving experience.

Pricing has not been disclosed. But Mitsubishi wants to make this range-topping double-cab an image-leader, meaning that it will have the most expensive price in the market.

But that won't necessarily apply to lower-spec models that are most likely to be some 10, 000 baht cheaper than similarly specified Hilux Vigos.

The GLS Limited coming with dual airbags, driver's electrically adjustable seats and the other value-added features mentioned earlier that won't be found in most rivals should cost around 880, 000 baht _ just a shade over the top-spec Hilux Vigo.

The Triton scores heavily on exterior design and interior comfort and will pose a big challenge for Ford, Mazda and Nissan for their all-new replacements next year.

We still have to determine the Triton's fuel consumption and road manners in real-life driving conditions in a more intensive drive later this year to see whether it can show its mettle over the D-Max and Colorado.

But from our initial impressions, the Triton is an impressive replacement for the Strada that shines over nearly all of its competitors. Is our favourite pickup, the Hilux Vigo, under threat? Not quite _ yet.

TRITON IN NUMBERS

Datamonitor Newswire

The new Mitsubishi "Triton" 1-ton pickup truck (not to be mistaken for any Ford Triton engine-based product) has been unveiled to Thailand, and if successful, will be rolled out globally.

Replacing the current Strada after a full redesign, the new Triton pickup is assembled at Mitsubishi Motors local facility in Laem Chabang, Thailand. Following the Thai launch, the company plans to start shipping this pickup model to other countries and regions.

According to its Japanese maker the Triton has been developed as a global strategic model. Mitsubishi believes the major features that distinguish the new pickup include an original exterior/interior design that looks to add a sporty feel to the traditional pickup toughness; best-in-class interior living space; and suspension and interior appointments that realize sedan levels of comfort and ride.

Triton models are powered by a newly-developed common rail direct injection diesel engine that delivers high outputs while returning low consumption, clean emissions and quiet operation. Mitsubishi said it expects the combination of new features on the Triton will enable it to make a major contribution to expanding the customer base for Mitsubishi brand pickup trucks. The company projects monthly sales of 3, 500 Triton pickups in the Thai domestic market.

 

Models

Single Cab 2. 5 GL    
Mega (Extra) Cab 4x4 2. 5 GLS 2. 5 GLX 2. 5 GL
Double Cab 4x4 3. 2 GLS Limited 4x4 3. 2/2. 5 GLS 2. 5 GLX/GL (steel wheel

Colours

BLUE, SILVER, LIGHT GOLD, BLACK, & RED