The Triton, or L200 as it is known in Europe, is one of the best selling pickup trucks in the World. It has been extensively redesigned for the 2015 model year but id started to lose quite a bit of sales recently. The main reason for this is the all new Hilux as well as the upgraded Ranger and Navara. In order to counter these new trucks, it seems that a facelifted version of it will be released with the 2017 Mitsubishi Triton.
This is expected to get slight exterior changes as well as a major interior overhaul. This is the largest problem of the current truck which looks and feels a lot cheaper than any of its direct competitors.
So far it seems that these will likely be the only changes. However, it is worth mentioning that Mitsubishi hasn’t stated anything official up to this point. This means that things might change until it will be released in the second half of 2017.
The truck will likely become available for sale later the same year. Its price should not change all that much meaning that in Australia it will cost anything between around $24,000 and more than $45,000.
An insight on the current model and what can we expect from the future
While the current model doesn’t look bad, the upcoming 2017 Mitsubishi Triton should improve on a few things.
For starters, many people complained about the fact that the current car is a bit too over the top. Well, the new model should receive a new set of headlights as well as a slightly different front bumper.
These will most likely bring it closer in design to its Fiat counterpart which has been appreciated a bit more.
Besides that, expect the truck to possibly receive a new set of wheels as well as a few new colors. However, the rest of it should be carried over pretty much unchanged.
What about the interior?
Like we mentioned above, this has to be one of the biggest problems of the current truck. In comparison to the competition it simply looks bad.
The 2017 model should receive a new dashboard as well as better materials. A new infotainment system is also expected across the range but the largest change here will be the design.
Instead of the 2000’s inspired one we should receive something a lot more similar to the latest cars from their roster.
The driving position will remain the same which is to be expected considering how good it actually is. The actual equipment level will also likely remain quite similar to what is currently available.
2017 Mitsubishi Triton Under the hood
Not much will change here for the new 2017 Mitsubishi Triton. In Australia the truck will still be available with the same 2.4 liter turbocharged inline 4 diesel engine as before.
This currently makes 133 kW and 430 Nm of torque which is substantially more than some of its rivals. In some other markets there are a couple more engines available such as a 2.4 liter naturally aspirated inline 4 as well as a larger 2.5 liter diesel.
However, both of these are less powerful and more inefficient than the newer 2.4 liter diesel. The transmission of choice will be either a 6 speed manual or a 5 speed automatic.
The latter is a bit old at this point and it may be replaced by something better. However, Mitsubishi doesn’t really have a suitable successor so it might take some time before replacing it.
Some rumors also suggested for a more powerful diesel to be offered. However, this is highly unlikely considering that the 2017 model is nothing but just a small refresh of the car focused on its cabin.