There is a lot more to the updated 2019 Mitsubishi Triton pickup truck than just a new look.

The brand has added safety features, improved the comfort and convenience levels across the board, and made more changes than meet the eye.

The bad news? Prices are up on most models, and the increases are greatest on the models people buy most: dual cab 4×4 models. Fuel use has gone up, too.

So, can the updated Triton justify its higher asking price in the tough-fought pickup segment dominated by its main rivals, the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger? We’ll get to that, but let’s take a look at the redesign in a bit more detail.

Is there anything interesting about its design?

I’m not the only one who thinks this facelift has been the best yet from Mitsubishi.

The aggressive ‘dynamic shield’ front end has translated well here, with slimmer headlights, a big chunky bumper and still good clearance for off-roading – watch the video til the end, if that’s of interest to you. The side steps have been redesigned for better clearance and tread size, too.

The rear has been redesigned and there are less of the rounded edges that have defined the Triton up until now. The tail-lights are squared off and larger, and the guards have been pumped out, negating the need for over-fender extensions – but we’re sure the aftermarket will offer up some guard flares soon enough, or maybe even a body kit.

In terms of exterior size, its dimensions are bigger in most directions. The length of the dual cab pick-up is now 5305mm (up 25mm) on a 3000mm wheelbase (unchanged), while the height is up by 15mm to 1795mm. Width is unchanged at 1815mm. The ground clearance has likewise risen by 15mm to 220mm.

How practical is the space inside?

The changes haven’t been huge in the cabin, but there are some worthwhile improvements.

Things like new padded sections on the centre console lid, door trims, at the edges of the transmission tunnel (to stop you bashing your knees) and a pair of new B-pillar-mounted grab handles for dual cab models make for a more likeable atmosphere.

And while Mitsubishi hasn’t added rear air vents, the company has taken an inventive approach by adding what it calls an air circulator, which essentially sucks cold air from the front and uses a Dyson-like fan to blow it to the rear-seat occupants. It works even better than console vents.

The higher-grade models get an updated 7.0-inch touchscreen media system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus there’s Bluetooth phone and audio streaming.

What are the key stats for the engine and transmission?

The engine specs are unchanged – and so are our ratings for the powertrain.

Under the bonnet is a 2.4-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine producing 133kW of power (at 3500rpm) and 430Nm of torque (at 2500rpm). There’s the choice of a six-speed manual transmission or a new six-speed automatic (up from the existing five speed auto), and that’s whether you choose the 4×2 or 4×4 model. All oil-burners have a diesel particulate filter, but none use AdBlue.

Towing capacity remains at 750kg for a braked trailer and 3100kg for an unbraked trailer for diesel models.

2019 Mitsubishi Triton Malaysia Specifications

2019 Mitsubishi Triton Malaysia Prices

The Verdict

This is a facelift done right. The new-look Triton isn’t just more attractive, it also offers a lot for customers to like, not least of which is the brand’s unprecedented stance as safety leader in the pickup truck segment. Kudos, Mitsubishi.

It may not be as polished as a Ranger, as gutsy as an Amarok, as classy as an X-Class, or as rugged as a HiLux, but the Triton now stands up as more than just a value-focused offering in the segment.

The VGT Adventure X is a terrific bang-for-your-buck offering, and stands out as our pick of the range. The new Triton deserves to do very well.

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