Mitsubishi has lifted the wraps from the next Triton, due here in the second quarter of next year. From the photos available so far – it was unveiled in Thailand a few days ago – the truck looks rather like what you'd get if SsangYong moved to Japan. However, the real story looks like it'll be under the bonnet where the company is promising a new all-aluminium 2.4 litre MIVEC variable geometry turbodiesel, with a claimed 20 per cent improvement in fuel economy. It'll reportedly have a six speed manual or five speed auto. A Mitsubishi NZ spokesman said the newcomer will "raise the bar for car-like driving performance," although that's a mantra that's chanted by almost every manufacturer with a ute in its range.
Specification specifics are not yet available, but we have more generalisations: interior room and load capacity are said to be improved, while better sound insulation and absorption plus vibration damping improve cabin quietness.
So 2015's shaping up to be quite a year for those who enjoy their off roading in a ute package, with the new Nissan Navara due early-ish, followed by the Triton and, later in the year, Hilux.