When it comes to pickup trucks, the brand name consumers don’t often think about is Mitsubishi Motors. Many may be surprised to know that Mitsubishi Motors is actually competing pretty well in the pickup truck segment. It’s with the success of their newest truck release, the 2019 Mitsubishi Triton, also known as the L200 in other markets. The name should sound familiar, because the Mitsubishi L200 did make it to the states at one point. For now, however, the Triton will only be overseas. It’s a shame with how well the truck handles going off-road, a current popular theme with midsize trucks in the states.
A Truck that Can Handle More than Dirt
Currently, in its fifth generation, the 2019 Mitsubishi Triton got an upgrade in looks. Mitsubishi Motors has been working on changing the look of their “Dynamic Shield” to make their lineup stand out more on the road. However, the real impressive bit of this new truck is when it’s going off-road.
Mitsubishi added a sweet “Super Select II 4WD System” and an “Easy-Select 4WD” to the 2019 Mitsubishi Triton, packing it with multiple different driving modes depending on the conditions and the terrain. Both systems offer the consumer settings to handle with gravel, mud/snow, and sand in 4WD-high and -low mode, or rock in 4WD-low mode. Kind of like all Jeep models that come with a dial to switch between driving modes and terrain.
Each mode has its own perks. Although the default may just send power to the rear wheels while on the road, a quick turn of the dial sends power to all four wheels in 4H mode, opening up the possibilities for some off-roading. Want to climb over rocks? No problem. Switching the dial to 4HLc helps with that, putting the Triton in a high range mode with the center locked in place to send equal power to both axles.
Finally, if switching into 4LLc with the low range enabled, this makes mudding and traveling through muck an easy ride. Mitsubishi Motors claims they tested the new 2019 Triton in deep snow and through the desert. We wonder if that’s what called for the heated seats on a cold and foggy night – there’s also ventilated seats on high-end trims, like the GLS Premium.
Curious about what’s powering this model? The same engine can be found in the entire lineup, a 2.4-liter MIVEC intercooled turbo-diesel engine. Able to deliver up to 178 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque, that’s a lot of power for rock crawling and switching things up every now and then. These numbers are also great for towing and trailering. The high-end GLS Premium has a maximum payload capacity of 1884 pounds and a towing capacity of up to 6834 pounds.
Plus, the 2019 Mitsubishi Triton comes with plenty of variety. With over 15 different configurations, from the entry-level GLX with a Single Cab to the GLS Premium with 4WD and a Double Cab, there’s something for everyone. Now, we just need Mitsubishi Motors to enter the truck market back in the states.
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