The Mitsubishi Triton has always been among the more stylish pick-ups around, combining a good-looking design with the rugged qualities that such vehicles must have. The current generation has been in the market since early 2019 and has built up its own following. Malaysian sales from April 2020- March 2021 totalled 7,598 units, a 32% increase in sales as compared to same period in the previous Financial Year of the company.
For 2021, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) is introducing the new Triton Athlete which will be flagship model of the range, replacing the Triton Adventure X. The ‘Athlete’ name is not new, having been used in 2018 for the previous generation.
For the 2021 version, it has a black theme with a choice of three body colours- Sun Flare Orange Pearl, White Diamond and Jet Black Mica. Besides a gloss black front under garnish and ‘Dynamic Shield’ front design incorporating a glossy black radiator grille, the black theme also encompasses the side mirrors, door handles, aero type window deflectors, 18-inch gloss black rims and side-steps.
The double cab is appointed appropriately as the flagship version and has orange-stitching for the leather-wrapped steering wheel, gear knob and also comes with LED illuminated scuff plates on the door sills. Other useful features include an All-Round Monitor, Driving Video Recorder and 7-Inch Touchscreen Audio system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto as standard. The upgrades are offered by MMM authorized dealers at all Mitsubishi Motors showroom nationwide. For rear occupant comfort, there is also a rear air circulator.
Proven drivetrain with MIVEC engine
The Triton Athlete continues with a proven 2.4-litre MIVEC turbodiesel engine with variable valve timing which produces 181 ps/430 Nm. The Super Select 4WD II system, which can be used without having to stop the vehicle, has an off-road mode for optimum traction and handling characteristics in any terrain. There is also Hill Descent Control which helps the driver go down a slope safely, with the computer managing the speed and all the driver has to do is steer and look out for obstacles.
Pick-ups these days have similar safety systems as passenger cars and the Triton Athlete is a good example. It comes with standard Forward Collision Mitigation, Blind Spot Warning with Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System, Auto High Beam and 7 airbags.
Priced from RM141,500 (without insurance in Peninsular Malaysia), the new Triton Athlete comes with a factory warranty of 5 years, or maximum of 200,000 kms after registration.
Besides the Triton Athlete, MMM also imports from Thailand five other variants which range in price from RM79,890 to RM121,000 (excluding insurance) with varying specifications to suit different requirements and budgets.