According to a report on 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 next generation 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 generation model drives in towards 2022-23, but by 2025, it will definitely be on sale senior executives of the company confirmed.
Styling cues for the new Mitsubishi electric truck is 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.
While the Mitsubishi Triton is not sold in the USA (neither is the Nissan Navara), the PHEV drivetrain (or parts of it) that will be seen on the pickup could launch on the new Mitsubishi Outlander SUV, which was teased earlier this week ahead of its February 2021 debut.
Mitsubishi Triton Hybrid FAQs
What is the Mitsubishi Triton PHEV release date?
The Mitsubishi Triton PHEV is expected in the next generation Triton family, which is due for launch around 2022 in ASEAN & Australian markets.
Which pickups will rival the Mitsubishi Triton PHEV?
The Mitsubishi Triton PHEV will go up against co-developed products Renault Alaskan & Nissan Navara, aside from the Toyota Hilux & Ford 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).