The new Mitsubishi Triton will be revealed later this month, but we’ve been given yet another sneak peek in the lead-up.
This time, it’s in the form of the Triton AXCR endurance racer. The tough truck was teased in concept form earlier this year, and has now been revealed in race-ready guise ahead of the Asia Cross-Country Rally starting in Thailand.
The racer previews the dual-level headlight design coming to the new Triton, along with its flared guards.
It’s expected the new Triton will arrive in Australia late in 2023 or early in 2024.
“Australia is a core market globally for Mitsubishi Motors, and we have been a key stakeholder in the next-generation Triton’s development process,” a Mitsubishi Australia spokesperson has previously told CarExpert.
“The light commercial utility segment is more competitive than [ever], and we are confident that next-generation Triton will take Mitsubishi’s enduring presence in this market to the next level.
“We look forward to sharing more details of the development process, and of the new Triton’s Australian range, specification, timings and pricing as we move towards delivering this next-generation utility vehicle to Australian customers.”
The new Triton has a more upright, tough look than the current model. There’s a split headlight setup up front, as well as roof rails and a sports bar on the teased model.
On the inside it appears to have a tablet-style touchscreen infotainment system mounted high on the dashboard, a row of piano key buttons for the climate controls, as well as the Super Select II 4WD dial with a full-time four-wheel drive mode.
Initially teased by the XRT concept, the new Triton will ride on a new platform, and feature a new diesel engine under the bonnet at launch.
As part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance’s leader-follower model, Mitsubishi is leading development of the Triton, with the next Nissan Navara set to share underpinnings but with different styling.
Although plug-in hybrid power had been mooted for the new Mitsubishi ute, executives have confirmed the technology is under study for the Triton rather than locked in.
Were it to reveal a Triton PHEV, the brand has confirmed it would follow the pure-electric ute it intends to reveal after 2025.
Last year, the Mitsubishi Trition was Australia’s third best-selling ute with 27,436 sales, behind the Toyota HiLux (64,391 sales) and Ford Ranger (47,479 sales).