The next-gen Mitsubishi Triton won’t get a V6
The next generation Triton will take on the Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux.
Mitsubishi is hard at work on its new Triton, which is expected to boost the technology, luxury and size factors to better combat the new Ford Ranger. But according to a new report from Australia, there won’t be any six-cylinder power to match the new Ranger and its mechanical twin, the Volkswagen Amarok.
Owen Thomson, Mitsubishi Australia’s senior manager of product strategy, hinted to carsales that emissions are the biggest reason the Triton will go without a V6.
“Emission regulations are important and we have yet to see how that will play out [in Australia]because everyone has to manage their carbon fleet,” he said.
“It will be interesting to see how that plays out for Ford,” he said, referring to strong Australian demand for diesel V6-powered Ford Rangers.
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“Combustion engines are becoming increasingly difficult to design because emissions regulations are becoming ever stricter. Diesel engines, for example, are already running on a knife edge to balance emissions, driveability, combustion noise and all of these factors.”
Instead, Mitsubishi will likely offer a new four-cylinder diesel or a heavily revised version of its current 2.4-litre unit, along with a performance-oriented plug-in hybrid model.
Internet rumors say the PHEV Triton will use a similar setup to the Outlander PHEV SUV. That means a 20kWh battery, an 85kW motor in the front and a 100kW motor in the rear, plus an atmospheric 98kW 2.4-litre petrol engine, allowing for a respectable 185kW and 450Nm of power .
The purely electric range of the Outlander is said to be 87 km (according to the WLTP test cycle). It’s unclear if that will change for the Ute, but we imagine loading the tray or adding a trailer will reduce that somewhat.
That’s not the end of the world, as PHEVs can run as hybrids if needed to maintain the full range of torque, but it would likely segment the plug-in Triton as a lifestyle ute rather than a workhorse.
Other additions to the Triton include a range of new and improved security gizmos, with Thomson aiming for a five-star ANCAP rating.
“It’s always part of the Australian requirement for Triton – it has to be ANCAP five stars, without a doubt. So it’s going to have a pretty comprehensive ADAS suite.”
Towing will also receive a bump, currently rated at 3000kg braked to match the 3500kg ratings of its main rivals, the Ranger and Hilux.
Mitsubishi is expected to unveil its new Ute in the first half of 2023. It will also form the basis of the next Nissan Navara.