What’s under the bonnet of the 2024 Mitsubishi Triton?
The 2024 Mitsubishi Triton introduces a 2.4-litre twin-turbo diesel engine, an update from its predecessor, maintaining the same 2442cc capacity, 86.0x105.1mm bore and stroke dimensions, 16-valve DOHC layout, and aluminum block. The addition of a second turbocharger is a notable change, aimed at enhancing the engine's performance.
This engine modification results in an increase in power output to 150kW at 3500rpm, up from the previous 133kW. In terms of torque, the engine produces 470Nm, available from 1500 to 2750rpm, broadening the torque delivery spread. The twin-turbo setup, consisting of a variable-geometry high-pressure turbo and a larger low-pressure unit, is intended to improve responsiveness under various load conditions.
Mitsubishi has opted to pair this engine with a six-speed automatic transmission rather than an eight-speed, as used in the current Pajero Sport. This decision may be influenced by considerations of transmission durability in response to the engine's increased torque.
In terms of fuel efficiency and emissions, the new Triton claims a consumption rate of 7.7L/100km, with a slight improvement for the GLX 4x2 variant at 7.5L/100km. Emission levels are reported at 203g/km for the GSR variant.
The inclusion of AdBlue technology is a step towards meeting environmental standards and could be seen as a move to align with future legislative requirements.
From a maintenance perspective, the Triton continues to use hydraulic valve lash adjusters and retains a timing chain, which could suggest a focus on reducing servicing frequency and costs.
For off-road capabilities, the Triton is equipped with the Super Select II 4x4 system, offering various drive modes like Normal, Eco, Gravel, Snow, Mud, Sand, and Rock. Additionally, it features an active yaw control mode, which is designed to improve cornering on different surfaces by braking the inside front wheel.
When compared with competitors like the Ford Ranger and Toyota HiLux, the Triton's engine power aligns closely with the HiLux, while its torque output remains slightly lower than the Ranger. The decision to retain a six-speed transmission over an eight-speed one, as seen in the Pajero Sport, could be perceived as a compromise between transmission strength and technological advancement.