Another improvement is that the engine block is made entirely of aluminum alloy which helps to reduce weight up to 30 Kg compared to cast iron material. This not only helps reduce vehicle weight but also distributes weight more evenly between the two wheel axles, providing a flexible driving experience, less “heavy head”.
Another technically worthwhile upgrade of Triton 2019 is the all-new 6-speed automatic transmission. This is an improvement not too big but necessary because the 5-speed automatic transmission of the previous version is always an unnecessary minus. According to Mitsubishi, the new gearbox has a better gear ratio range with steps 1 and 2 shorter than the old gearbox, providing better acceleration. Besides, step 6 is longer, promising to bring optimum savings on the road.
Compared to other pickups, Mitsubishi Triton 2019 really makes a difference with the famous 2-wheel drive Super Select 4WD-II. Vehicles with up to 4 bridging modes, including 2H (1 rear), 4H (2 fast bridges), 4HLc (2 quick bridges with central differential lock) or 4LLc (2 slow, central differential lock) . Yes, the difference of Triton 2019 is the central differential lock, while all opponents only have rear differential lock.
The ability to overcome the terrain on the new Triton is also enhanced with the Offroad Mode button with 4 terrain options (Gravel – Snow / Mud – Sand – Stone). With each operating mode, the computer will fine-tune engine performance, accelerator sensitivity and the intervention of the electronic balancing system ESC to make the car overcome all kinds of harsh terrain. The suspension is also improved with bigger rear dampers, more oil, which gives the Triton 2019 a smooth ride. The brakes have also been upgraded with bigger brake discs and 2-piston front brakes each. instead of a piston like the old Triton. Besides, useful features such as Downhill Assist or Ramp Departure are also equipped for the new Triton.
The first challenge in the experience is going over the slope. The slope was designed quite “technical” by the engineering team with a slope of 30 degrees. Sitting in the driver’s seat, you will not be able to see the top of the slope – the only thing you see is a deep blue sky. I was so used to that feeling that I was able to cross the slope easily, but for some, it was the first time they were going that high.
Next is the downhill post, where the experimenter can try the Hill Descent Control (HDC) feature. True, the same is “Downhill support”, but Triton 2019’s system is much smarter than that of its competitor. Spread with traditional HDC – you only have a limited speed, Triton HDC will maintain any speed you want, as long as less than 20 km / h. Just allowing the driver to choose the speed of the drop makes the Triton experience with the HDC feature much more comfortable and enjoyable!
The next challenge is a rocky climb with a roller. Experiences are required to keep the fast 2H 4H mode. As soon as the car entered the first slope, the front and rear wheels were slipped because of the continuous rollers on the slope. After that, the experienced person will be instructed to activate the 2 slow bridge mode with 4LLc center differential lock and choose Snow / Mud terrain mode. At this time, the center differential lock system will allocate traction to the non-slip wheels to help the car overcome the challenging slope. Although we rarely encounter such a tough situation in Vietnam, it is better to know what the car can do.
Crossing the hill, the driver will face the seesaw. This is a test of balance and stability of the car when the car suddenly falls on the other side of the seesaw. This is a test showing how solid the RISE chassis is!
Next is the acceleration screen, quick turn and braking. Riding the throttle, the car sprung up with relatively impressive acceleration, though not “loading” like the Ford Ranger Bi-Turbo. In return, the car feels very stable brake feet and impressive braking ability thanks to the upgraded brakes and the lightest weight in the segment.
The last experience is going on an incline, where I can check the chassis twist when climbing up an incline. Mitsubishi technicians said that the Triton can climb up to 45 degrees, but they only designed the experience with a slope of 35 degrees to ensure safety.
It can be seen that Triton cars are always popular in Vietnam thanks to the ability to conquer top terrain. However, due to lack of equipment and not so prominent design, the previous Triton did not occupy the pickup market in Vietnam. The 2019 version is a complete makeover of the design but remains the same, even enhancing the famous off-road capability. With prices ranging from VND 730 to 818 million, Mitsubishi Triton is an attractive choice in the mid-sized pickup segment. Even so, I’m still expecting an even more advanced version, going head to head against the Ford Ranger Raptor.
Vi Phạm (Tuoitrethudo)