Mitsubishi Triton: the pickup that could come to the United States to put the Tacoma and Ranger in trouble


Mitsubishi Triton has a 2.4 L turbodiesel engine with an output of 178 HP and 317 pound-feet of torque.

Mitsubishi Triton has a 2.4 L turbodiesel engine with an output of 178 HP and 317 pound-feet of torque.

Photo: Mitsubishi / Courtesy

It seems that Mitsubishi is about to do something amazing, with the arrival of a new pickup truck approaching and new reports that Triton is coming to the US That means we鈥檒l probably get one more midsize truck to fight the best midsize trucks, including the toyota tacoma, nissan frontier, ford ranger and the GMC and Chevy twins, Canyon and Colorado, as well as the upcoming Ram Dakota.

That sounds like a lot for one segment, but trucks make up one in every six cars sold in the US today. Buyers often ask for something a little smaller than a full-size pickup.

Mitsubishi Triton 2021
Mitsubishi Triton 2021. / Photo: Courtesy Mitsubishi.

Popular in the UK, but underpowered for the US.

The Triton L200 is a capable truck that is popular across the pond and is considered one of the best medium trucks in Europe. It has also been a best seller in the UK for years, with the company saying that one in three trucks sold there is a Mitsubishi.

It includes a four-wheel drive system that can be instantly switched from two-wheel drive, for driving on pavement and saving gas, to locking the differential for traversing mud and sand. You can also tow. Mitsubishi鈥檚 midsize van has a towing capacity of 3,500 kilograms in the UK, which is over 7,700 pounds.

Double cab layout available

Like other trucks in the segment, it comes with two or four doors. The two-door is called the Club Cab in Europe, the four-door is called the Double Cab. In double cab configuration it can be purchased with a variety of options and comes with some interesting names including Warrior, Trojan, Barbarian and Barbarian X.

Mitsubishi Triton 2021
Mitsubishi Triton 2021. / Photo: Courtesy Mitsubishi.

An engine that is not very competitive for the US market.

Its current engine, however, doesn鈥檛 seem ideal for the US market. The L200 is powered by a 2.3-liter turbodiesel that makes just 148 horsepower but 317 lb-ft of torque. Perhaps the company can include the Outlander鈥檚 2.5-liter V6 that makes 181 horsepower, or whatever engine is in the new Ralliart race truck.

Some American test vans have already been seen

Fast Lane Truck viewers submitted some intriguing spy shots of what appears to be the new L200 testing in America.

For several months Mitsubishi is said to be testing the L200 in the US Mitsubishi has constantly updated the truck, now in its sixth generation. However, the last major redesign was in 2014 with an update in 2018.

Mitsubishi Triton 2021
Mitsubishi Triton 2021. / Photo: Courtesy Mitsubishi.

Since the truck will be refreshed in 2023, it makes sense that Mitsubishi could add everything it needs to certify the truck for sale in the US. The current version sells almost as well as the Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux in Australia..

The UK Triton L200, depending on the model, is 17 feet long, which is about 6 inches shorter than the Tacoma, Frontier and Ranger. It鈥檚 also about an inch or two narrower. But those dimensions could change due to US crash standards.

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