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Mitsubishi Triton wins Japan’s Good Design Award


The all-new Triton one-ton bakkie has won the Good Design Award 2023 organised by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion.

The Triton was selected for “embodying the core Mitsubishi Motors design philosophy while expressing its individual design concept,” a statement says.

“The new pickup offers a safe and comfortable ride with peace of mind in a variety of weather and road conditions. The all-new Triton has an imposing aura that expresses the toughness and strength required of a pickup truck, as well as the ruggedness and agility typical of a Mitsubishi model,” a spokesperson for the Institute said.

About the winner

The entire global Triton range will use a newly developed 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that’s available in three states of tune.

The least powerful produces 110 kW and 330 Nm, the in-betweener makes 135kW/430Nm, and the high-output, bi-turbo unit serves up 150kW/470Nm. The retiring Triton is only available with a 2.4-litre engine that makes 133kW and 430Nm.

Four-wheel drive Tritons will have Mitsubishi’s Super Select 4WD-II system that can be used in 4H on tarred surfaces for excellent traction.

Comments from the jury

“The styling, consisting of a front face with a strong presence, distinctive lighting using LEDs, a horizontally-themed silhouette, and square fenders, fully meets these requirements and clearly conveys the brand identity.

“In addition, the vehicle offers a spacious cabin, a functional instrument panel, a low cargo bed (lowered by 45mm to 820mm), and other user-friendly features, while also standing out for its excellent workmanship,” the jury concluded.

The new Triton is due in South Africa in 2024.

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