The 2023 Mitsubishi Triton which can be expected next year, will come with added electrification according to a report from Motoring.com.au, which declares that the next-generation Triton (and its SUV counterpart, the Pajero Sport) will gain Mitsubishi’s plug-in hybrid technology.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross’s chief engineer, Masahiro Awano, in December 2020 said that they were reviewing a variety of plug-in hybrid powertrain options. This includes a tri-motor and quad-motor setups which could be the basis for performance-oriented models too. Therefore, the Triton could become the world’s first conventional hybrid 1-tonne light commercial vehicle.
As an answer to the question, if the current PHEV system available on the Eclipse Cross could be transferred to sharp models like the Triton and Pajero Sport, Awano said that a new version of the current PHEV system would be on offer on next-generation Mitsubishi cars and pickup trucks.
Most likely Awano was talking about the new powertrain Mitsubishi introduced in the Outlander PHEV in October 2021. A 98 kW/195 Nm 2.4L petrol engine works with an 85 kW/255 Nm front motor. Moreover, there are a 100 kW/195 Nm rear motor, and a 20 kWh lithium-ion battery pack feeds the motors.
Mitsubishi Triton Redesign
Testing of performance on the road of the next-generation Triton has initiated in 2022, and spy pictures from drive.com.au were revealed. Mitsubishi hasn’t commenced using the new framework yet, which means that the design remains secured, and these are early-stage prototypes. Nevertheless, technical outside changes are visible in these shots.
It looks like the wheels of the Triton have separated. This clearly indicates a longer wheelbase compared to the current model (3,000 mm). Mitsubishi appears to have increased the track width, which could have an impact on the turning circle but improve handling. According to the Australian publication, the company is possibly using a larger intercooler during the early-stage testing.
Design indications for the forthcoming Triton could grow from the Mi-Tech concept shown at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. The Mi-Tech, regardless of being a beach-buggy type model, contained strong design elements for its front and rear fascia that are proper for tough Mitsubishi models like the Triton and Pajero Sport.
The upcoming Mitsubishi Triton, in the future of its lifecycle, could obtain a sporty Ralliart alternative that goes up against the Ranger Raptor. Throughout the announcement of FY2020 Financial Results, Mitsubishi confirmed that it’s relaunching the Ralliart division and teased a current-gen Triton Ralliart.
In a few years, a next-gen Triton Ralliart presenting exclusive styling and altered components honed for performance could replace the 2021 Triton Ralliart, which is just an accessorized truck. The brand has to develop before it can strive to the likes of Hyundai’s N division or the Toyota GR line.
Mitsubishi’s Australian subsidiary was quite pushed up about the possible Triton Ralliart. A local representative told CarsGuide in May 2021 that “people love fast, tough utes,” and a performance model like the Triton Ralliart “will resonate with Australia. Australia and New Zealand should be amongst the first markets to receive Mitsubishi’s next-gen one-tonne ute in 2023.
Mitsubishi electrification strategy
Mitsubishi, as well as Dacia, is not strong on electrification. Incomplete by acceptance of EVs in its main markets, it isn’t optimistic about EVs at the moment. At the Alliance digital conference held on 27 January 2022, President & CEO Takao Kato shared a vision. In November 2020, the Japanese automobile manufacturer had declared that it aims to convert 50% of its total sales to EVs by 2030. Nissan will become a carbon-neutral company by 2050.
2023 Mitsubishi Triton Release date and price
The Mitsubishi Triton PHEV can be anticipated in the next-gen Triton family, which will be launched in ASEAN & Australian markets in 2023.
The Mitsubishi Triton PHEV will rise up against co-developed products Alaskan & Navara, apart from the Hilux, D-Max & Ranger.
We can epact the cost of the Mitsubishi Triton PHEV from about AUD 40,000 (USD 30,000).