2024 Mitsubishi Triton (launch drive)

Despite being a perennial top-seller, the Mitsubishi Triton was in dire need of an upgrade. With the outgoing model dating back a decade and the platform it sat on tracing back almost 20 years, means this all-new model couldn’t come soon enough.

Considering the typically lengthy lifecycle utes have, it’s clear that the 2024 Triton has been designed with the long-term in mind – something the brand confirmed at the local launch. Now riding on an entirely new chassis, it comes with a price jump of up to $7,600.

Featuring an almost entirely redesigned engine, the new Triton has grown in every dimension, and is no longer just a budget ute. This is a proper rival to the Ford Ranger and Toyota HiLux, the two best-selling vehicles in Australia last year.

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Considering the old Triton sat in fourth place in 2022 and fell to 16th during its run-out year in 2023, this is exactly what Mitsubishi needs to go toe-to-toe with the big boys. And so it was that we headed to South Australia for a two-day test.

Setting off from Adelaide, we headed for the Hills, en-route to Eagle View 4WD Track, where we were given the opportunity to sample three Triton variants – the GLX+, GLS, and range-topping GSR.

2024 Mitsubishi Triton GLS
2024 Mitsubishi Triton GLS

It’s safe to say that Mitsubishi has totally switched up the Triton’s styling, with the aim of this bold redesign being to portray a sense of robustness and athleticism. As a result, it’s now a lot boxier, with a squared-off bonnet.

A straightened-out J-curve at the back of the cabin to maximise interior space also features, while the crease lines along the side are more distinctively sculpted. GLX and GLX+ variants sport a more basic but purposeful look.

This includes 17-inch wheels (steel and alloy respectively) shod in all-terrain tyres, halogen headlights, and a black plastic grille and door handles. Stepping up to the GLS nets you grey 18-inch alloys, LED headlights, and a gloss black grille.

The GSR gets the same 18s in black, a body-coloured grille surround, fender flares, and a sail plane sports bar. We’re actually a big fan of this redesign, particularly thanks to the ‘Dynamic Shield’ styling being more toned down.

This comes thanks to the grille itself being rectangular and the trim around it incorporating Mitsubishi’s signature fascia style. While the GLS – expected to be the most popular variant – is the smartest-looking, all models look the part.

Inside the 2024 Mitsubishi Triton GSR
Inside the 2024 Mitsubishi Triton GSR

The interior has gone through an equally thorough redesign, with it borrowing heavily from the premium-feeling Outlander, while still ticking all the requisite boxes for a ute. As such, all models sport a 9.0-inch touchscreen, with sat nav and wireless Apple CarPlay.

You’ll also find a 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster display between two analogue dials, along with a full suite of active safety technology, including an admittedly overbearing driver eye-detection monitor to make sure you keep your eyes on the road ahead.

Although the GLX+ model features rubber flooring, a polyurethane steering wheel, and broader use of plastic trim in its cabin, it still manages to feel very pleasant inside, with none of the materials feeling too basic or scratchy.

Of course, the GLS and GSR have further use of leather and soft-touch materials, but we did prefer the grippier and cooler cloth seats of the GLX+ and GLS, rather than the heated leather pews, which are a $1500 option in the GLS and standard on the GSR.

Based off feedback from fleet buyers in particular, cabin ergonomics were a priority for the new Triton, and it’s clear to see how much attention to detail there is in this regard. To help tradies, all models feature powered lumbar support for the driver’s seat.

2024 Mitsubishi Triton GSR
2024 Mitsubishi Triton GSR

The amount of adjustment on offer for both the seat and steering wheel make finding the ideal driving position a doddle. This is clearly a vehicle built for eating up the miles. But this redesign isn’t all about creature comforts – it’s about capability as well.

Central to that is the entirely new chassis, which adds 130mm to the wheelbase (now 3130mm), 50mm to the track width, a redesigned front cross member, an additional secondary cross member, and a ‘crash box’ to the side rails.

The results speak for themselves; a 60 per cent increase in bending rigidity and a 40 per cent increase in structural rigidity, along with 3,500kg braked towing and a payload of at least 1,030kg.

Much of that comes down not to the increased use of high-tensile steel, but simply the structural integrity of the design itself. The increased wheelbase and track width also bring an increased air of stability to the way the Triton feels both on and off road.

Electric power steering is also a new inclusion, and while it’s a global tune it was informed by Australian testing. Australian models do feature a unique locally-developed suspension tune though, in order to help it suit our road conditions as best it can.

2024 Mitsubishi Triton GSR
2024 Mitsubishi Triton GSR

The suspension has been totally overhauled, with the front double wishbone design allowing for more shock absorber rebound stroke, while the rear leaf setup features four leaves rather than six, for the heavy-duty GLX and GLX+ suspension package.

There’s three rather than five for the GLS and GSR’s standard tune. Yet in the words of Ron Popeil, “But wait, there’s more!”. The engine residing under the Triton’s bonnet has also been given an overhaul, despite some initial similarities.

It’s still a 2.4-litre four-cylinder diesel, and the aluminium block still has the same bore centres, but everything else has been completely redesigned. Oh, and it’s also twin-turbocharged to deliver 150kW and 470Nm.

Now to how it drives. The difference is certainly night and day with the old Triton, as this new model feels far more confident and refined from behind the wheel. It’s far punchier thanks to how accessible the torque is, with all 470Nm on offer from 1500-2750rpm.

The Triton feels more refined than before as well. So too, does the updated six-speed automatic, which did a fine job of choosing the right gear at the right time in all road conditions. Steering feel is right on the money.

2024 Mitsubishi Triton GSR
2024 Mitsubishi Triton GSR

It offers a nice degree of immediacy that lets you know where the front wheels are pointed, while being not too light or too heavy, but just right in the middle. The local suspension tune is also a particular highlight.

Mitsubishi’s new ute soaked up bumps and kept composed on the tight, twisty, and tree root-laden Adelaide Hills roads we pitted it against. Off road at Eagle View, the spring rate and increased damping came into its own, as it devours harsh rocky tracks for breakfast. 

The array of new drive modes lend a helping hand in this regard, with the special low-range Rock mode a standout on challenging tracks, keeping the Triton in first gear for longer to take advantage of the low-down grunt, without needing to manually shift it yourself.

While we didn’t get a chance to tow with the Triton or carry a load in the back, the increased straight-line stability on faster country roads should pay dividends when the vehicle is laden, as it tracks straight and true.

That should make long country drives less tiring, at the very least. The ownership proposition is also very strong, with the 2024 Triton sporting Mitsubishi’s industry-leading 10-year/200,000km warranty. 10-years capped price servicing is also available.

2024 Mitsubishi Triton GLS
2024 Mitsubishi Triton GLS

At this stage, Mitsubishi’s focus is on this core Triton range, although the company hasn’t ruled out more performance-focused variants – whether on or off road focused (perhaps to take on the likes of the Ford Ranger Raptor) – at a later date.

MMC chief product specialist Yoshiki Masuda described such potential offerings as part of “his dream” for the new Triton, but any concrete plans remain to be seen. That said, Mitsubishi’s local arm is confident it can challenge the class-leaders.

“In terms of specification, I think we match and exceed anyone in the category, especially in terms of standard safety equipment,” MMAL general manager of product strategy, Oliver Mann told Exhaust Notes Australia.

“You never underestimate your competitors, but we do think Triton has its own set of unique and very compelling reasons to buy.”

All-in-all, the 2024 Mitsubishi Triton feels premium, refined, and utterly capable – all of the things it needed to be to really put a fight to the crown-bearing Ford Ranger and longstanding Toyota HiLux.

2024 Mitsubishi Triton GSR
2024 Mitsubishi Triton GSR

Not only does it offer years of advancement over its predecessor, but it matches or exceeds its chief rivals on many key areas of specification and capability. Pricing opens at $43,690 for the GXL 4×2 and jumps to $50,940 for the 4×4 version. The GLX+ 4×4 is $53,290.

The GLS 4×4 is $59,090 and the GSR 4×4 is $63,840. All prices are plus on-roads, and all feature an automatic transmission. It’ll take more time with it to truly comment on what it’s like to live with and tow with, but this first taste of it has left this writer very impressed.

You can find out more about the 2024 Mitsubishi Triton range by visiting the car maker’s website. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

We drove the 2024 Mitsubishi Triton range as part of a Mitsubishi Australia launch event. 

Patrick Jackson
Patrick Jacksonhttp://www.drivesection.com
A car fanatic from a young age, Patrick has put a childhood spent obsessing over car magazines and TV shows to good use over the past six years as a motoring journalist. In addition to managing Drive Section, a website he founded in 2019, he has been a contributor to many other online and print publications including DriveTribe, Vehicle History, Finder, WhichCar, ForceGT, and the Adelaide Hills Herald.


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