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Why the US Wants the 2019 Mitsubishi Triton

Friday, July 12th, 2019

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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.

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Mitsubishi Breaking into Multiple Markets

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
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With the midsize truck getting its second wind with the recent release of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, times sure have changed. At the better first half of the decade, midsize trucks nearly died off, known for having the same fuel economy and safety issues of the already popular SUV. America didn’t need another shaky gas guzzler, and most automakers moved onto other pastures. Some automakers focused on other global markets, with Mitsubishi Motors being one of them. Their 2019 Triton pickup truck debuted back in 2018, but there are only hints of it entering the U.S. Market with everything else the automaker is wrapped up in.

Mitsubishi North America Chief Operating Officer Mark Chaffin recently spoke in an interview about entering the U.S. market. As it stands, although the new Mitsubishi Triton is right up there in standards with other trucks in the states, the market is also becoming very competitive. The Japanese automaker would need to have a truck that’s not only right for the automaker but also their demographic in the market. Take a look at the 2019 Mitsubishi Triton pickup truck, also known as the L200 and Strada in other global markets.

 

Like all of the vehicles in the Mitsubishi lineup, the Triton follows the look set forth by the Mitsubishi Outlander with a dynamic shield across the front fascia. Brought into the modern age, the truck also sports advanced safety features currently popping up in new Mitsubishi Motors, such as Forward Collision Mitigation system, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and an Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System. Designed to be off-road capable, the Mitsubishi Triton is equipped with an enhanced four-wheel drive (4WD) system and two off-road systems, “Super-Select 4WD” and “Easy-Select 4WD”. Both come with various modes to handle a variety of terrain and driving conditions, including gravel, mud/snow, and sand 4WD-high and -low mode, and rock only in 4WD-low mode.

Because the market is so competitive and took a major hit before all the upgrades, Mitsubishi Motors may be more focused on its cooperation with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Word has it that Mitsubishi Motors is currently overseeing the development of a new next-generation midsize truck body-on-frame platform. With the intention of developing cross-brand platforms, the new platform will be shared with a number of vehicles, such as the Renault Alaskan and the Nissan Navara. Moreover, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is heavily invested in other areas.

In conjunction with their Alliance 2022 Five/Six-year plan, the Alliance also put together a $1 billion fundraising campaign to help grow startups and entrepreneurs in technology for robotaxis, car sharing, EV batteries, and EV charging. Self-driving autonomous vehicles is one area Mitsubishi Motors has been making some noise in, with the concepts Mitsubishi Electric showed at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show. Again, at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, Mitsubishi showed us what the Motor company is working on, with the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer concept and the Dendo Drive House.

Mitsubishi Motors isn’t just focused on its automotive products. With investments in car-sharing services and researching new and better ways to produce lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, the automaker has hands in many pockets. The U.S. truck market may not be in the mix just yet, maybe by 2025 according to LMC Automotive. Either way, we still have a few more years before Alliance 2022 comes to an end and makes room for other projects.

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Mitsubishi Motors Bringing New Tech to 2019 Geneva Motor Show

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019
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Heads up, because the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has let loose a bunch of information on what they’re bringing to the 2019 Geneva Motor Show with a hot new press release. We’re talking new concept models, new technology, and ground-breaking stuff. Mitsubishi Electric surprised it with some of the tech they’re working on at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show and autonomous technology. Now, Mitsubishi Motors is going to be showcasing the results of their 2018 neutral-energy project.

Fruits of their Labor

Can we just say we called this? Back when we talked about the partnership between Mitsubishi Motors, Hitachi Europe, and ENGIE, they were working on renewable energy, also known as recycled energy that could be used, collected, stored, and used again. All three had a part to play in this project: ENGIE had designed their headquarters office building in La Défense, France as a Building Energy Management System (BEMS), Hitachi brought vehicle-to-everything V2X charger, and Mitsubishi Motors used the Outlander PHEV.

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Mitsubishi Delica Modded into a Camper

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019
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With Mitsubishi Motors coming out with all sorts of new vehicles overseas, we here in North America wonder when we’re going to get those models on our city streets. Most recently, a selection of vehicles where the North American market is growing, have been released in Japan and the UK. These would be the new Mitsubishi Triton pickup truck, and what seems to be a mashup of a minivan and an SUV, a new Mitsubishi Delica concept for its current Delica model. With another concept on the horizon, there’s a lot of “what ifs” in the air. To really stress the growth of the auto market in America for trucks and SUVs, we’re going to take a look at an interesting modification to the Mitsubishi Delica by a motorhome and campervan retailer in Scotland.

Concepts Overseas

A couple of new vehicles are showing up on the other side of the world from Mitsubishi, the most recent being the Engelberg Tourer going on debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. It’s a very closely kept secret at the moment, and no one is really sure what it could be. Some are hoping for the new Mitsubishi Lancer crossover, but it could be a new concept altogether. Plus,

Mitsubishi Motors released the 2019 Triton pickup truck overseas, with off-road capability. Equipped with an enhanced four-wheel drive (4WD) system and two off-road systems, “Super-Select 4WD” and “Easy-Select 4WD”, this truck would be perfect competition for the 2019 Ram 1500 and 2020 Jeep Gladiator. However, there’s no sign of it coming to America any time soon.

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Mitsubishi Engelberg Concept Coming to Geneva

Thursday, January 31st, 2019
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Miami Lakes Mitsubishi Concept Geneva Motor Show

With the auto market changing, many automakers are looking for new ways to bring some buzz to some of their more faithful consumer models. Crossovers and SUVs are all the rage, and a new car segment, mini crossovers, is starting to get attention as the next passenger vehicle. Sedans may be slowly falling off the market, and we can only hope some will remain. Until then, automakers like Mitsubishi Motors may stay closer to their bread-and-butter, and their newest concept has us all wondering. Is it the new Lancer Crossover or another model altogether? If anything, please don’t let it be another overseas exclusive.

Coming to the 2019 Geneva Motor Show

It’s the new concept from Mitsubishi, the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer. What’s in a name? For Mitsubishi, it’s a rugged Alpine town ski resort in Switzerland. Like many of Mitsubishi marketing campaigns for new vehicles, the majority of this new vehicle is in the dark. We’re presented with curvaceous blue LEDs, futuristic wing-type mirrors, and a couple of off-road lights on the roof. Could Mitsubishi be bringing a different off-road vehicle to the states? After skipping us on the 2019 Triton, one can only hope.

There’s also the possibility of this being the new Mitsubishi Lancer Crossover. Look at that image.

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Mitsubishi Debuts Triton During the Rise in Demand for Trucks in America

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
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Miami Lakes Automall 2019 Mitsubishi Triton L200

Earlier this year, in April 2018, CNBC did a report on “The Rise of Burly High-Performance and Off-road SUVS and Trucks”. This report looked at brands like Ford, Fiat Chrysler, BMW, Chevrolet, and Jeep. CNBC also covered the current trend of trucks and SUVs with data from LMC Automotive that predicted how this trend will affect the auto market four years from now. In the shifting automarket for SUVs and trucks, and U.S. sales rising for trucks and SUVs, will Mitsubishi deliver their new 2019 Mitsubishi Triton pickup truck to American shores?

The 2019 Mitsubishi Pickup Truck

Known as the Mitsubishi Triton, or the L200 depending on the country the model is sold in, the new pickup truck from Mitsubishi is a redesigned and improved version of its predecessor. Sporting the “Dynamic Shield” and other design cues from the Mitsubishi Outlander, the new truck has been brought into the modern age. With advanced safety features, such as a Forward Collision Mitigation system, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and an Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System. All of these together help the driver avoid accidents on the road, as well as avoiding other incidents in tight spots, like a parking garage.

What’s interesting about this new pickup truck from Mitsubishi Motors is that the truck is also off-road capable. Equipped with an enhanced four-wheel drive (4WD) system and two off-road systems, “Super-Select 4WD” and “Easy-Select 4WD”, a new off-road a system has been built for the 2019 Mitsubishi Triton. Designed to handle various terrain and driving conditions, both systems can handle gravel, mud/snow and sand 4WD-high and -low mode, and rock only in 4WD-low mode.

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New Mitsubishi Truck Set to Debut November 2018

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018
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Miami Lakes Automall Mitsubishi L200 Teaser

Teasers and spy photos for the new Mitsubishi Motors pickup truck have not been in shortage as of yet, and it seems we won’t have to wait much longer to see the new truck. The new Mitsubishi Triton, or L200, depending on the region the truck is sold in, will be coming back for the 2019 model year, and this time, it’s a whole new ball game. Although the Mitsubishi pickup truck is still in production and released around the world, it fell off the face of America awhile ago. Now, debuting in early November, a new Mitsubishi Motors pickup truck set to go global will soon be on American shores once again.

For now, we’re thrilled. Mitsubishi Motors is bringing their pickup truck back to the U.S.? That’s great! However, we’ve been burned before. How long did it take for the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to make it to America, after empty promises time and time again? Here’s hoping the new Mitsubishi Triton pickup truck will come to North America, especially since its debut is set around November 9, 2018 – right around the time the São Paulo International Motor Show takes place in Latin America.

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Get a Sneak Peek at the New Mitsubishi Pickup Truck

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018
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Miami Lakes Automall Mitsubishi L200 Truck Refresh

Mitsubishi Motors sure likes to tease their vehicles. Just like the silhouette of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, a return of the Mitsubishi Eclipse sports car as a crossover, the revival of the Mitsubishi truck is getting the same treatment in terms of its debut. Known as the L200 in some countries, and the Triton in others, the Mitsubishi Motors pickup truck got a bit of a refresh, and this time, it’s going global. With the automarket filling up with SUVs, crossovers, and trucks, now is the time for Mitsubishi to make a comeback into the North American market.

The Looks

So we took the original Mitsubishi tease and shined a little light on it with some photoshop brightness/contrast filters. Nothing fancy, but it gives us an extra peek at what Mitsubishi is trying to hide. The thin headlights and and running daytime lights (RDL) above the bumper are still there, but the well-known honeycomb grille is still too far dark to get a look at it. If anything, the front fascia is looking a lot like a Mitsubishi Outlander. If we didn’t know any better, we’d say the new Triton is the Mitsubishi Outlander with a truck bed. Hey, if Jeep can do it with the Wrangler Scrambler, then why not Mitsubishi?

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Revival of the Mitsubishi Triton Spied

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018
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Miami Lakes Automall 2019 Mitsubishi Triton Front Spy Shot

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.

Miami Lakes Automall 2019 Mitsubishi Triton Side Spy Shot

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.

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Top Gear Mods L200 as Mitsubishi Hints U.S. Truck Revival

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017
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Mitsubishi Truck Top Gear Desert

Did you hear the news? Mitsubishi Motors is thinking of bringing trucks back to their lineup. Yeah, they’re pretty focused on their SUVs and crossovers at the moment, but seems they’re looking to expand a bit. There hasn’t been a truck released in the states since 2009 – the Mitsubishi Raider died off after only a few years in the market. However, that doesn’t mean people forgot about Mitsubishi trucks. In fact, the Mitsubishi Triton, also known as the L200, lasted until 1996, and was recently picked up by the guys at Top Gear to turn it into a desert warrior. This is the kind of hype Mitsubishi needs for the reintroduction of trucks to the US market.

Say Hello to Project Swarm

Tom Ford from Top Gear took a new Mitsubishi L200 as the base model (it’s still being built to this day in foreign markets), and is turning it into a bit of a beast. He calls it a Euro spec-runner, or more so a fully specced and thoroughly upgraded production vehicle used to ‘pre-run’ stages of hardcore off-road desert races. These are the vehicles used to check for all the bits in a desert race route that could spell doom, and not just for the vehicle. We’re talking cliffs, boulders, and instant-death detours. So pre-run vehicles need suspension and be able to handle a tough ride.

First, you may ask, “What’s so special about the Mitsubishi L200, and why use that as the base?” Well, aside from one of the longest running trucks, it’s got some good things going for it for off-road runs. Under the hood is a 2.4-liter I4 turbodiesel engine mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. It’s horsepower isn’t very fancy, coming in at 180 horsepower, but it has 317 lb-ft of torque, which is a good start for going off-road. The suspension and “Super Select 4WD II” selectable drive control for AWD make it a great vehicle for rear-wheel drive high range (high fuel efficiency), four wheel-drive high (great for slippery terrain), high range with a locked center differential (good for snow and mud), and a low range locked differential (rock crawling). So, it’s pretty solid in all.

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