According to a report on the Australian website Motoring.com.au, the next-generation Mitsubishi Triton pickup (and its SUV counterpart, the Pajero Sport) is set to gain the company’s plug-in hybrid technology, which will make the Triton the world’s first mainstream hybrid 1-tonne light commercial vehicle.
The publication from down under spoke to the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross’s chief engineer, Masahiro Awano, who said the company was studying a variety of plug-in hybrid powertrain options including tri-motor and quad-motor setups which could form the basis for performance oriented models too.
However, when the publication asked if the current PHEV system seen on the Eclipse Cross could be transferred to rugged models like the Triton and Pajero Sport, Awano replied that an upgraded version of the current PHEV system would be installed on next-generation Mitsubishi cars and pickup trucks.
It is to be remembered that the next-generation Mitsubishi Triton is being developed in parallel with the future versions of the Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan. The current PHEV system from Mitsubishi combines a 2.4-liter four-cylinder petrol engine (capable of 99 kW/132 hp and 199 Nm of torque) with twin electric motors – a 60 kW/80 hp 137 Nm at the front and 70 kW/94 hp and 195 Nm at the rear – and a 13.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, with a single-speed planetary gearbox driving all wheels.
A more powerful version of this PHEV system will help the Mitsubishi Triton hybrid maintain its 3.5-tonne towing capability. The electrified Mitsubishi Triton may not be ready at launch when the next-gen model drives in next year, but by 2025, it will be on sale senior executives of the company confirmed.
Styling cues for the new Mitsubishi electric truck are expected to come from the Mi-Tech concept shown at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. The Mi-Tech, despite being a beach-buggy type model, featured strong design elements for its front and rear fascia, which is expected to be carried over to new Mitsubishi models like the Triton and Pajero Sport, expected through this decade.
The next-gen Mitsubishi Triton may have a sporty Ralliart variant that goes up against the Ford Ranger Raptor. During the announcement of FY2020 Financial Results, Mitsubishi confirmed that it’s relaunching the Ralliart division and teased a current-gen Triton Ralliart.
We have decided to relaunch our RALLIART brand for customers in Mitsubishi Motors plans who want to add to Mitsubishi Motors-ness even more. In the future, we plan to develop items as genuine accessories for a wide range of models, and we would like to take opportunity to be involved in motorsports, as well.Mitsubishi Motors (FY2020 Financial Results)
A few years from now, the teased Triton Ralliart, which is simply an accessorized model, could be replaced by a next-gen Triton Ralliart featuring unique styling and modified components honed for performance.
Mitsubishi’s Australian subsidiary is quite pumped up about the potential Triton Ralliart. A local spokesperson told CarsGuide that “people love fast, tough utes,” and a performance model like the Triton Ralliart “will resonate with Australia.” Australia and New Zealand will be among the first markets to receive Mitsubishi’s next-gen one-tonne ute.
Mitsubishi Triton Hybrid FAQs
What is the Mitsubishi Triton PHEV release date?
The Mitsubishi Triton PHEV is expected in the next-gen Triton family, which is due for launch in 2022 in ASEAN & Australian markets.
Which pickups will rival the Mitsubishi Triton PHEV?
The Mitsubishi Triton PHEV will go up against co-developed products Alaskan & Navara, aside from the Hilux & Ranger.
What will be the price of the Mitsubishi Triton PHEV?
The Mitsubishi Triton PHEV is expected to cost from about AUD 40,000 (USD 30,000).
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