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The New Mitsubishi Triton Is The Truck America Needs

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But sadly won't receive

Many of you are familiar with the Mitsubishi L200/Triton, a one-ton pickup truck built in Bangkok, Thailand and sold in many global markets. America is not one of them, unfortunately. Mitsubishi dealerships in the US have been clamoring for a pickup truck to sell and we think the new Triton would be a great fit. Too bad it's not homologated for the US. What are we missing out on here?

A Ford Ranger, Chevrolet Colorado, and Toyota Tacoma fighter. This body-on-frame mid-size truck incorporates the Japanese automaker's new "Dynamic Shield" front design, which the automaker describes as "more powerful and imposing." Agreed. The body also has a more sculpted look featuring extended wheel flares and bright accents.

The interior has also been restyled with higher quality materials such as soft-touch padding and stitching on the floor console, armrests, and parking brake. Buyers who opt for 4WD will have a choice between two systems: Super-Select 4WD for optimum traction and handling, or Easy-Select 4WD which can simply switch between drive modes for different road surfaces.

Both systems offer a new off-road mode with Gravel, Mud/Snow, Sand and Rock settings. There's also a generous safety tech suite featuring forward collision mitigation, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, and a system called Multi Around Monitor, which can generate a bird's eye view image surround the vehicle.

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Despite not being sold in North America, the L200/Triton, according to Mitsubishi, is one of its "most important global strategic models. Its success will accelerate the momentum of the company's sustainable growth. The new model brings enhancements to the durability, reliability and comfort developed over the 40 years since the introduction of the series."

Based on our own conversations with Mitsubishi, we know the automaker is keen to re-enter the American off-road SUV market. Given the resurgence in popularity of mid-size pickups, such as the new Ranger, it'd make an awful lot of sense for Mitsubishi to turn that SUV into a truck (or vice versa).