2015 Mitsubishi Triton Pickup Has An Aluminum Diesel, Hybrid To Follow

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The 2015 Mitsubishi Triton pickup truck has been completely revamped, with a focus on efficiency and creating a "more car-like driving experience" without sacrificing utility or off-road ability. It's also got quite a chrome face!

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To make the new Triton smoother, overall dimensions and suspension geometry have been tweaked. Here's Mitsubishi's General Manager of Global Pickup Promotion to break it down:

An all-new aluminum block 2.4 turbodiesel engine with MIVEC variable-valve timing is the top of the range; with about 180 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque. Two lower-powered oil burners are also available, along with a 2.4 liter gasoline engine.

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2WD and 4WD, along with five and six speed manuals and with a five-speed automatic will all be options depending on which powerplant buyers pick.

CarAdvice.com.au says a hybrid version has been confirmed, at least for the Australian market, though they didn't mention a release date.

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The 2015 Mitsubishi Triton keeps the same 118" wheelbase its predecessor had but grows just 2" longer and a hair wider. Cabs will come in single, extended, and full four-door sizes.

The truck is going on sale immediately in Thailand, and will eventually be sold in 150 countries according to World Car Fans. The US will not be one of them.

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You may not have seen a pickup with Mitsubishi's three-diamond badge on the bonnet in a long time (and the Raider hardly counts) but outside the US, the Triton is a fairly significant to Mitsubishi around the world. The Aussies say this truck is the second-best selling utility vehicle in a market that's consistently a battle ground between Toyota, Nissan, and Mitsubishi. They also claim another derivative of this truck is on the way; wearing Fiat badges.

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DISCUSSION

We don't get these here for a myriad of reasons, but the number one deal breaker is the 25% excise tax on light trucks otherwise known as the chicken tax. We need a full-on campaign to repeal the chicken tax. It's an outdated tax with questionable motives that hurts U.S. consumers and even U.S. companies - hell, even Ford was importing Transit Connects with rear seating and windows only to rip them out once in port to sell them with flat floors and steel panels in place of the windows. Because if they shipped that way, they'd have to pay a 25% tax.

This is goddamned ridiculous. Look at the compact/mid-sized truck market in the U.S. Competitive isn't the word. You've got the Tacoma and Frontier twins, which are now old enough to be in middle school. It's gotten so bad that GM, which quit the game to focus on the Silverado/Sierra like Ford did, has brought their midsize back to do battle since Toyota and Nissan apparently aren't even interested in putting modern engines in their offerings and matching the fuel economy of the full size trucks.

The 4.0L V6 in the Tacoma? It hasn't changed since introduction in 05. In 2010, the 4Runner and FJ Cruiser - which until then shared an engine with the Taco - got a more powerful and fuel efficient version of that same V6. But Toyota didn't bother with putting it in the Taco. Why would they? They're guaranteed 150,000 sales a year at this point, BECAUSE NO ONE COMPETES WITH THEM.

The story is exactly the same with the Frontier, just divide the sales by ten. So don't tell me Toyota doesn't sell enough Tacomas to bother with making them better. Nissan builds a clone on a tenth the revenue that's arguably stronger in many areas.

If the Democrats believed the crap they spout about saving the environment and making vehicles more fuel efficient, they'd repeal the chicken tax, because we'd get a wider selection of more fuel efficient small trucks and Toyota/Nissan would be forced to compete and stop selling the same old 2005 gas guzzlers. If the Republicans believed the crap they spout about capitalism and not picking winners in the marketplace, they'd repeal the chicken tax, because trucks like this Mitsubishi would be able to compete on equal terms.

If Jalopnik's (and every other widely read automotive publication's) readership would send enough nastygrams to congress, we could get this done. We just need to get organized!