2024 Mitsubishi Triton Ute on secret test mission in Australia

2024 Mitsubishi Triton Ute on secret test mission in Australia

The next-generation Mitsubishi Triton Ute will undergo secret testing ahead of its expected showroom arrival in Australia in 2024.

That 2024 Mitsubishi Triton Ute is already on Australian roads in the midst of a top-secret development and testing plan – but to date it has remained undiscovered by curious locals.

While camouflaged versions of the 2024 Mitsubishi Triton were filmed on camera in Europe, a number of prototype vehicles – and a team of engineers from Japan – have been testing on site since March 2022.

Australia is one of the largest markets for the Mitsubishi Triton and plays a key role in its development.

It’s unclear how many prototypes of the next Mitsubishi Triton are in Australia or where they will be tested.

“They didn’t see them because we’re very good at hiding them. Australia has a huge outback,” said Mitsubishi Australia boss Shaun Westacott journey.

“Australia is a core market for the Mitsubishi Triton. We make a very important contribution to our parent company in many ways, including sales volume, market share and profits… and that includes a very close relationship around the research and development of important future models.”

Mr Westacott said Mitsubishi “now have teams of engineers here…testing our vehicles extensively on Australian roads”.

The managing director declined to say how many Mitsubishi Triton prototype vehicles are in Australia where they are testing, nor would he outline the size of the engineering team.

“It is a significant engineering contingent, this is a very important vehicle and Mitsubishi understands the importance of this vehicle to Australian buyers,” said Mr. Westacott.

Above: An artist’s rendering of what the 2024 Mitsubishi Triton could look like.

While details remain under wraps, testing in local conditions will likely include on- and off-road durability, as well as towing and heavy-duty haul exercises.

Australia is also known as a good place to test tires and dust seals in off-road conditions.

Spy photos from Europe show that the next Mitsubishi Triton is much larger than before and will be closer in size to the market-leading Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger.

Other key questions remain unanswered: will the next Mitsubishi Triton get a new engine or a revised version of the current 2.4-liter four-cylinder? Will it come with four-wheel disc brakes (like the top-end versions of the new Ford Ranger and facelifted Toyota HiLux Rogue)? Will Super Select flexibility be retained? What happens to the Mitsubishi Triton’s superb tight turning circle when the vehicle has a larger footprint? And when will it arrive?

Above: An artist’s rendering of what the 2024 Mitsubishi Triton could look like

Mitsubishi Australia remained tense about the timetable for the next-generation Triton, but reports from overseas have speculated that it could be unveiled in showrooms around this time next year and in the first half of 2024.

Although the new Mitsubishi Triton is expected to form the basis of the next generation of the Nissan Navara – following the partnership between the two brands since 2017 – for now there are valuable little details about the Nissan variant of the same vehicle.

Meanwhile, Mitsubishi Australia says it’s business-as-usual for the current-generation Triton until it’s eventually replaced by the next model.

In the crew-cab 4WD category, the Mitsubishi Triton is the third most popular model behind the market-leading Toyota HiLux and second-placed Ford Ranger – and ahead of the Isuzu D-Max – despite being one of the oldest vehicles in the segment.

Joshua Dowling has been a motoring journalist for over 20 years, most of his time working for The Sydney Morning Herald (as motor editor and one of the early members of the Drive team) and News Corp Australia. He joined CarAdvice / Drive in 2018 and has been a World Car of the Year judge for more than 10 years.

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