The Mitsubishi Triton 2020 may be just a medium-sized Japanese truck to pick up the Ranger.
Medium pickup is a new outrage here in North America. Ford brought their famous Ranger back from abroad where he had been hiding for the past decade and a half, while Chevy's Colorado had struggled against the Toyota Tacoma for small truck supremacy. Everyone wants a part of the small pickup market that is growing, which means now is the right time for new competitors to enter the ring.
Mitsubishi has just announced their latest small pickup, Triton (also known as L200). This was made in Thailand along with a number of other midsize pickups sold throughout the world, such as all the midsizers mentioned earlier. We are not sure why Thailand is very interested in small trucks, but they are the second largest pickup buyers behind the United States.
Triton / L200 2020 will be launched on November 17 in Thailand before making its regional debut around the world. In the end it will be sold in Oceania, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Latin America, with a total of 150 countries.
The engine lineup has not changed much since the current generation began production in 2015. Under the hood is a 2.4-L naturally aspirated inline 4-cylinder that produces 130 hp and 149 lb-ft of torque, or 2.5-L turbodiesel which is tuned to produce where just from 108 to 175 hp.
Power flows in either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic in a 2WD or 4WD configuration, with Super-Select or Easy-Select terrain management to help in snow, gravel, sand, or rocky conditions.
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New for 2020 is a complete range of driver assistance features including front collisions, blind spot warnings, lane replacement warnings, rear cross warning, and ultrasonic misaceleration mitigation systems that prevent accidental gas pedal slips sending you through garage doors.
As Jalopnik pointing out, Triton is sold as a badge-engineered model in Europe and the Middle East under the Fiat and Ram labels, respectively. It will not be difficult for FCA to make a deal with Mitsubishi so that the trucks are sold in the United States if they want to take people like Colorado and Ranger.
Even if they start selling these trucks locally, FCA may have to find a stronger gasoline engine to do the job.
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