You will find the 2020 Mitsubishi Triton under various names depending on which part of the world you are. Don’t be surprised if you see the well-known pickup truck with L200 badge on it. Strakar, Magnum, or Strada are other names the 2020 Mitsubishi Triton will use. But, it is pretty much the same vehicle, only with the minor modifications. A huge lineup of drivetrains is showing mostly diesel units. Only one engine is using petrol as fuel. Well, the new 2020 Triton could get the hybrid system, but this is still a far-fetched story.
Probably the most interesting question is about the US arrival of the 2020 Mitsubishi Triton. Is this finally happening? Well, we don’t have solid evidence for this, but the Japanese company must think about it. Having a pickup truck, and not being present on the major market in the world is definitely the thing Mitsubishi has to work on. Well, there are a lot of issues to be fixed before the Triton or L200 enter the US market. The competition is definitely stronger, in first place, and investments are higher. Still, the truckmaker could surprise the automotive world with this move.
2020 Mitsubishi Triton Engines
Diesel powertrains are dominating in the 2020 Mitsubishi Triton lineup. Again. Well, there are only two engines that use this kind of fuel. But, if we count sales, buyers value these much more than a single petrol unit. Still, depending on the market, not all of these will be available.
So, let’s start with the smaller diesel unit. It is a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The powertrain creates 180 hp and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) of twisting power. Converted to towing capacity, it is almost 7,000 pounds or 3,200 kg. When we compare it to US mid-size trucks, it is a good result. Only Chevy Colorado Diesel can beat this capability. Still, there is a room for improvements if Mitsubishi installs the new transmission for its truck. Until then, Triton will stick up to a six-speed automatic gearbox. A five-speed manual will go to history books from some markets where it is still available (Malaysia, South Africa). Besides the towing capacity numbers, we can expect a boost for fuel economy.
The same future waits for a 2.5-liter unit. The difference between automatic and manual transmission is almost 40 lb-ft. With a manual gearbox, buyers can count on 300 lb-ft (400 Nm), while the auto transfer case drops this value to 260 pound-feet (350 Nm). The power output of 180 remains the same, no matter what kind of power router you choose. A two-wheel drive is a standard configuration. Another solution is an all-wheel drive that will improve balance and traction, but it consumes more fuel.
The last, but not the least important engine for the 2020 Mitsubishi Triton is a petrol unit. A 2.4-liter displacement is good for 140 hp and 160 lb-ft of torque. It can’t tow as much as its diesel stablemates. Also, rare markets will offer this unit, since the sales are very slow. However, the drivetrain could be a ticket for the US appearance. Still, it needs a lot of upgrades before the company starts thinking of this move. Efficiency and emission standards are very strict in the United States, so Mitsubishi has to invest big into improvements in these segments.
2020 Mitsubishi Triton Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid
Mitsubishi is not delivering trucks to the US market. However, the Outlander SUV is pretty popular there. It can cope with rivals, and it is under the spotlight recently. The premiere of the plug-in hybrid model drew a lot of attention. This kind of drivetrain could be the perfect solution for the 2020 Mitsubishi Triton. No other truck is using this kind of technology (although we can hear big plans from other companies).
If the Outlander SUV borrows a drivetrain to its stablemate, it will be a 2.0-liter petrol unit with a plug-in hybrid system. The entire configuration drops 120 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque. Theoretically, this is a pretty weak output for this kind of vehicle. On the other hand, technology is good, and being the first in the segment, will draw attention to other models. We can’t see basic hybrid setups for trucks, and PHEV is already an advanced system. Outlander can return 75 MPGe, but the 2020 Mitsubishi Triton is going to be much heavier. However, that won’t harm the fuel economy so radically. Still, there is an option just to use electric power. In this case, the range of the pickup truck will be around 25 miles. Mitsubishi announced that the new Outlander will go 30 miles between recharges.
2020 Mitsubishi Triton Redesign
The 2020 Mitsubishi Triton is on the crossroads. Definitely, we will see the new edition of the truck very soon. Some experts believe a big redesign will lead to the new generation and the US release. On the other hand, spy photos are covering the front fascia, so a facelift is the worst thing fans will see from their favorite vehicle. Details are still to be revealed, but the company will try to keep the official data until the premiere of the new model.
2020 Mitsubishi Triton Release Date, Competition
The new 2020 Mitsubishi Triton will face different rivals, depending on which market it appears. Well, the Japanese truckmakers will follow it everywhere. Nissan Navara and Toyota Hilux are among the most popular models wherever they are available. If the Triton appears in the US, Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier are rebadged versions of overseas’ trucks. Ford Ranger and Holden Colorado are competitors in Australia, while European models, VW Amarok and Renault Alaskan, are trying to improve their popularity.
We will see more about prices, redesign, and the new plug-in hybrid system when the vehicle debuts. We can’t expect it before the last quarter of 2019. Sales of the 2020 Mitsubishi Triton will start early next year, and then we will know the exact cost of the truck in each region. What is more important, fans in the US will finally get the truth about Mitsubishi’s pickup truck return to their country.