Mitsubishi has been sprung testing the 2019 Mitsubishi Triton pick-up truck in South Australia, giving us our first clear look at the revised front end.
While the camouflage wrap hides some of the finer details, the clear shape of the Mitsubishi Dynamic Shield design language can be easily made out, which brings the Triton into line with the rest of the Mitsubishi SUV range.
First uploaded to Facebook, the photos show the new utility testing near the Flinders Ranges, a five hour drive north of South Australia’s capital, Adelaide.
While there aren’t any details as to what the new Triton is doing there, there’s no doubt the company is gathering data on heat and dust ingress.
Mitsubishi’s head office in Australia is based in Adelaide, which makes it a lot easier for transport. Vehicles don’t have to be trucked to a location, since they can gather data along the way.
What’s going to change?
The most striking feature of this update is obviously the pick-up’s front end.
It’s seen here with a much wider front bumper, thanks to the outer edges which are squared off to match up with the new design language. The headlights are thinner and more angular, and the whole front has a more aggressive look.
This is helpful as anecdotal evidence suggests that buyers are after a more truck-like appearance from their pick-ups, rather than utes that look more like passenger cars.
The wheel arches have also come in for an upgrade, putting them more in line with the Triton’s SUV sibling, the Pajero Sport.
The curved rear of the cab is carried over from the previous Triton, but it’s the well-body that has received a lot of changes.
Unlike the 2018 model, this Triton appears to have a far squarer tub, with the lights losing the sweeping profile. The tailgate has also been squared off, with the two lower creases deleted, and a new handle and surround.
The reversing camera is now integrated, and we’re hoping that the interior dimensions of the tub have been increased as well.
Under the bonnet, the same 2.4-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder will most likely carry over, given that this appears to be a cosmetic upgrade more than a new car on a new platform.
Mitsubishi’s four-wheel-drive system will likely feature, and the higher-grade specs will receive a rear diff lock.
We’ve also been handed a teaser shot, which clearly shows the dynamic shield face being used on the new Triton.
It’s about time that Mitsubishi has updated the Triton given the march of the Ford Ranger. Even Mazda is facelifting its BT-50, and Toyota’s three new HiLux variants mean business.
The dual-cab utility market is certainly hotting up.