It’s been some time since we’ve heard Mitsubishi Motors discuss the return of their pickup truck line. The revival of the good ol’ Mitsubishi Triton was sort of teased when TopGear modified the L200 into a desert-capable truck, but that was the highlight of hints. Well, although we hate the paparazzi, we can’t help but love spy photos. In this round, a couple of spies grabbed shots of the Mitsubishi L200 pickup truck, the Triton, but with a bit of a facelift.
Double-cab prototypes of the Mitsubishi pickup truck revival were spotted recently with huge design changes. Compared to the picture of the Mitsubishi Triton above, the new design looks meaner and more aggressive than the common day pickup. Mitsubishi is aiming for a performance-based crossover for the new Mitsubishi Lancer crossover, but who’s to say a high-performance truck can’t also be in the cards?
The front fascia has been completely changed with a new take on the honeycomb-grille, thin headlights, and another set of lights below, most likely running day lights, in each corner above the front bumper. From the front or the side, the new truck looks pretty rugged overall, but not as bulky as its predecessor. The new truck is also looking bigger, and seeing as how this prototype is just starting the testing phase, there may not be any release dates until 2020 or more like 2022 with the Alliance 2022 six year plan in action.
2022 means more modern tech. With recent Mitsubishi Motors vehicles like the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross that have a smartphone link display system, we can expect to see similar or the same tech in the new Mitsubishi Triton, along with upgrades like Bluetooth or voice control systems and other on-board tech. We’ll also see some safety, maybe some of the new tech popping up in trucks today like trailer stability assist, sway control, maybe even a truck bed rear view camera so drivers can keep an eye on their cargo load.
In terms of performance, it’s a little too early to tell what kind of powertrain will be installed into the Mitsubishi pickup truck. Currently, the towing capacity goes up to 7,716 pounds, so to bring that up, Mitsubishi Motors may need to reach higher than a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine. A four-wheel drive system would also be a good addition with Mitsubishi Motors all-wheel control or super all-wheel control for handling all types of terrain.
Truth is, with spy shots of prototypes, anything can happen over the next few years. The good news is, once the new Mitsubishi L200/Triton pickup truck does hit the market, it’s planned to go global. Can it handle the competition from the likes of the Ford Ranger and Nissan Navara, though? Come 2022, we should know and so will you. Keep up to date with news on Mitsubishi Motors by following Miami Lakes Mitsubishi social media. Or check out the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross for an idea of some of the new technology Mitsubishi Motors is putting into vehicles today.