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Mitsubishi Triton

Mitsubishi Triton
Manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors
Production 1978–present
Body and chassis
Class Compact pickup truck
Layout Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive

The Mitsubishi Triton is a compact pickup truck produced by Mitsubishi Motors. It was originally known as the Mitsubishi Forte in Japan from 1978 to 1986, when the name was discontinued as the pickup was not sold in its home market for a while. It returned to Japan in 1991 as the Strada. In the United States two captive imports of the Forte were sold by the Chrysler Corporation from 1979, as the Dodge Ram 50 and Plymouth Arrow Truck. Mitsubishi itself imported it as the Mighty Max when it began selling directly in the U.S. from 1982 to 1996, at which point the Plymouth ceased to be available. In North America, after the Mighty Max was no longer offered, the Mitsubishi Raider was offered, sharing a platform with the Dodge Dakota. In Japan, it was sold at a specific retail chain called Car Plaza.

For most export markets the name L200 is used,[1][2][3] though it also been known as the Rodeo,[4] Colt,[5] Storm, Magnum, L200 Strakar (badge used in Portugal since 1999, Strakar is a portmanteau of Strada and Dakar),[6] and others.

Cumulative sales of the first three generations exceeded 2.8 million units around the world.[7]

Currently the pickup truck is sold in every available Mitsubishi market except the United States, Canada, Japan, P.R.C., South Korea, and North Korea.


  • First generation (1978–1986) 1
  • Second generation (1987–1996) 2
  • Third generation (1996–2004) 3
  • Fourth generation (2004–present) 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

First generation (1978–1986)

First generation
Also called Mitsubishi Forte
Mitsubishi L200
Mitsubishi L200 Express (AU)
Mitsubishi Mighty Max (1982–1986)
Chrysler D-50 (Australia) [8]
Dodge D50 (1979–1980)
Dodge Ram 50 (1981–1986)
Plymouth Arrow Truck (1979–1982)
Production 1978–1986
Model years 1979-1986
Assembly Japan: Okazaki, Aichi (Nagoya Plant)
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door pickup
Engine 1.6 L 4G32/G32B I4
2.0 L 4G52 I4
2.0 L G63B I4
2.6 L 4G54 I4
2.3 L 4D55 D/TD I4
Transmission 4-speed manual
5-speed KM132/KM145 manual
Wheelbase 2,780 mm (109.4 in)
2,790 mm (110 in) (4WD)
Length 4,690 mm (184.6 in)
Width 1,650 mm (65.0 in)
Height 1,560–1,645 mm (61–65 in)

The first generation model of Mitsubishi's compact pickup truck was first sold in Japan as the Mitsubishi Forte in 1978 and continued until late 1986, when the line was cancelled in the Japanese domestic market for five years. In Japan the Forte was originally sold with the 92 PS (68 kW) 1.6 litre 4G32 engine (L021P).[9] Later this was updated to the 86 PS (63 kW) 1.6 litre G32B engine with two-wheel drive (LO25) or with four-wheel drive coupled to the 2 liter Sirius G63B with 110 PS (81 kW) (LO26). Offered in basic Deluxe trim, the larger-engined version was also available in leisure-oriented Custom trim.[10] The Custom also has a smoother and less utilitarian bed, without provisions for fitting a canvas top and with fewer hardpoints for strapping down loads.

In export versions, the 2 liter gasoline version has 93 hp (69 kW) (88 PS DIN), while a larger 2.6 liter unit offered 105 hp (78 kW). Also popular in many markets, and frugal, was a 67 PS (49 kW) 2.3 liter diesel engine. The 73 PS (54 kW) 1.6 litre Saturn engine rounded out the lineup downwards in many countries.[11] A naked cab and chassis version was also available in some markets.

The Dodge Ram 50 (called the D50 for 1979 and 1980) was a badge-engineered version sold by the Chrysler Corporation from 1979 on. The label lasted until 1993, through two generations of the truck. Plymouth also received a version of the truck known as the Arrow Truck, sold from 1979 to 1982. This was Chrysler's belated answer to the Ford Courier from Mazda and the Chevrolet LUV by Isuzu (both of which had been introduced in 1972). Mitsubishi itself imported it as the Mitsubishi Mighty Max when it began selling directly in the U.S. from 1982, at which point the Plymouth ceased to be available. The Dodge version has twin rectangular headlights, while Mitsubishis had single units in North America. In the rest of the world, importers could choose between single or double rectangular units, as well as twin round headlights.[12] The twin round units were the original fitment for the Japanese domestic market.

Four wheel drive was added for 1982. This created the Power Ram 50 in the US, as in Dodge's nomenclature the "Power Ram" name was used for four wheel drive models. A turbodiesel engine was available in US models between 1983 and 1985. The 1983 turbodiesel was fitted with a TC05 non-wastegated turbo and produced 80 hp (60 kW) and 125 lb·ft (169 N·m) torque. The 1984–85 turbodiesels were fitted with a TD04 wastegated turbo which resulted in 86 hp (64 kW) and 134 lb·ft (182 N·m) torque.

1983 Dodge Ram 50

Second generation (1987–1996)

Second generation
Also called Dodge Ram 50 (1987–1993)
Mitsubishi Cyclone(Thailand)
Mitsubishi Colt (South Africa)
Mitsubishi L200
Mitsubishi Mighty Max
Mitsubishi Strada
Production 1987–1996
Assembly Japan: Okazaki, Aichi (Nagoya Plant)
Brazil: Catalão (Mitsubishi Brazil)
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door pickup
Engine 2.0 L G63B I4
2.4 L 4G64 I4
2.6 L 4G54 I4
2.5 L 4D56 diesel I4
2.5 L 4D56 TD I4
3.0 L 6G72 V6 (4WD)
Transmission 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Wheelbase Short Bed: 2,680 mm (105.5 in)
Long Bed/Ext. Cab: 2,950 mm (116.1 in)
Length Short Bed: 177.2 in (4,501 mm)
Long Bed/Ext. Cab: 193.7 in (4,920 mm)
Ext. Cab: 188.2 in (4,780 mm)
Width 1,655 mm (65.2 in)
Mighty Max 4WD: 65.9 in (1,674 mm)
Mighty Max Sport Cab 4WD: 66.4 in (1,687 mm)
Height Short Bed: 58.5 in (1,486 mm)
Long Bed/Ext. Cab: 59.3 in (1,506 mm)
1991–93 Ext. Cab: 59.7 in (1,516 mm)
1987–1990 Ext. Cab: 59.6 in (1,514 mm)
1991–93 Long Bed/Ext. Cab 4WD: 64.4 in (1,636 mm)
1989–1990: 58.3 in (1,481 mm)
Curb weight 1,220–1,435 kg (2,690–3,164 lb)[13]
1992 Mitsubishi L200 4x4 Crew Cab (Chile)
Mitsubishi L200 with a separate bed (Europe)
Dodge Ram 50 (US)

The second generation model was introduced in 1987 for most markets. In Japan the pickups were not sold for a few years, making their return as the Strada in Japan in June 1991. It continued to be produced until 1996. The car usually has a 68 hp (51 kW) 2.5 liter diesel or a 84 PS (62 kW) turbodiesel engine. The diesel-engined L200 was not a spirited performer, with a four-wheel drive diesel having a top speed of 126 km/h (78.1 mph). The second generation Mitsubishi truck was also produced in Thailand. In the US it was known as the Mitsubishi Mighty Max or the Dodge Ram 50. Gasoline engines include a carburetted 92 hp (69 kW) 2.0 liter inline-four or a 2.6-liter ditto with 109 hp (81 kW). Four-wheel drive was also available, as were different bed lengths and both extended and double cab options.

The Ram 50 was redesigned for 1987, which was the same year Chrysler introduced the Ram 50's successor, the Dodge Dakota. Despite this, sales of the Ram 50 continued for another seven years until 1993, possibly because the Ram 50 was a compact and the Dakota was a mid-size. The difference in size and cost left a niche for the Dodge 50, and its cancellation may have been due more to a desire to show independence from Mitsubishi than because of any product overlap. The Mighty Max ended production after the 1996 model year, and its successor was not marketed in North America.

Third generation (1996–2004)

Third generation
Also called Mitsubishi Colt (South Africa)
Mitsubishi L200
Mitsubishi Storm
Mitsubishi Strada
Mitsubishi Warrior
Mitsubishi Magnum
Mitsubishi G-CAB
Production 1996–2004
Assembly Thailand: Laem Chabang (Misubishi Thailand)
Brazil: Catalão (Mitsubishi Brazil)
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door pickup
4-door pickup
5-door wagon[14]
Related Mitsubishi Challenger
Engine 2.0 L 4G63 I4
2.4 L 4G64 I4
2.5 L 4D56 diesel I4
2.5 L 4D56 TD I4
2.8 L 4M40 diesel I4
2.8 L 4M40 TD I4
3.0 L 6G72 V6
Transmission 5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,950 mm (116.1 in)
Length 4,995 mm (196.7 in)
Width 1,625 mm (64.0 in)
Height 1,585–1,710 mm (62.4–67.3 in)
Curb weight 1,295–1,700 kg (2,855–3,748 lb)[15]
Mitsubishi Triton GLX crew cab (MK; Australia)
2005 Mitsubishi L200 HPE Crew Cab Brazilian model in Argentina

In 1996, a new generation model was introduced with 2.5 litre turbodiesel engines developing 103 hp. Other engine options include two sixteen-valve fuel injected petrol engines and a naturally aspirated diesel.[15] The previous 2.6 litre unit was replaced with a new, considerably more powerful 2.4 litre engine with 145 hp (108 kW).[15] The car participated in the Dakar Rally in 2005. Production ended in 2006. These were only built in Laem Chabang, Thailand, and were also exported back to Japan between 1997 and 1999. In late 2001 the third generation pickup underwent a facelift with new headlights and other changes.

An SUV model developed from the Mitsubishi Triton, called the Mitsubishi Challenger was released to Japan in 1996. In overseas markets it was also badged Montero Sport, Pajero Sport, Shogun Sport, or Nativa. Challenger shares many components and some body panels (i.e. front doors) with the Strada pickup truck and utilises the second generation Mitsubishi Pajero wheelbase. Challenger was also produced in Thailand as the Mitsubishi Strada G-Wagon.[14] The Thai model, unlike the same vehicle manufactured elsewhere used the same front styling as the Strada pickup truck that is was based upon. It was retired from production in 2005, but the nameplate was resurrected for the second generation of the Mitsubishi Challenger, launched in 2008 and which is also based on the following generation of the Mitsubishi Triton.[14]

Fourth generation (2004–present)

Fourth generation
Mitsubishi L200
Also called Mitsubishi L200
Mitsubishi Triton (Australia)
Mitsubishi Strada
Mitsubishi Warrior
Mitsubishi Sportero
Mitsubishi Hunter (Israel)
Production 2004–present
Model years 2006–present
Assembly Thailand: Laem Chabang (Mitsubishi Thailand)
Brazil: Catalão (Mitsubishi Brazil)
South Africa: East London (Daimler AG)
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door pickup
4-door pickup
Related Mitsubishi Challenger
Engine 4M41 3.2 litre turbodiesel
4D56 2.5 litre 78hp
4D56 2.5 litre turbodiesel 142hp
4D56 2.5 litre turbodiesel 178hp
4G64 2.4 litre I4 petrol 145hp
6G74 3.5 litre V6 petrol 194hp
Transmission 5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
5-speed automatic
Wheelbase 3,000 mm (118.1 in)
Length 5,040 mm (198.4 in)
FBB: 4,835 mm (190.4 in)
Crew Cab: 5,115 mm (201.4 in)
Width 1,750 mm (68.9 in)
Crew Cab: 1,800 mm (70.9 in)
Height 1,655 mm (65.2 in)
Crew Cab: 1,775 mm (69.9 in)
4x4: 1,780 mm (70.1 in)
Mitsubishi Triton

The fourth generation Triton was unveiled in 2005. Designed by Akinori Nakanishi, it is built exclusively by Mitsubishi's subsidiary in Thailand and is exported to 140 global markets.[2] It is mostly known as L200 except for Japan and its subsidiary countries' markets. The car has a 2.5 litre turbodiesel engine developing 134 hp or 180 hp.


  1. ^ "Mitsubishi Forte", Mitsubishi Motors South Africa website
  2. ^ a b "Mitsubishi Motors releases new Triton pickup truck in Thailand", Mitsubishi Motors press release, August 25, 2005
  3. ^ "Mitsubishi Motors launches Triton urban sports pickup", Mitsubishi Motors press release, September 21, 2006
  4. ^ "2006 Mitsubishi bakkie range", Mitsubishi Motors South Africa website
  5. ^ "Price drop, new look for Colt bakkie: : New Models". Retrieved 2010-07-16. 
  6. ^ Mitsubishi Motors Portugal – L200 Strakar
  7. ^ "Triton", Technology Review 2006, no.18, pp.144–147, Mitsubishi Motors website
  8. ^ Sales brochure for Chrysler D-50, Chrysler Australia Limited, May 1979
  9. ^ 自動車ガイドブック [Japanese Motor Vehicles Guide Book] (in Japanese) (Japan:  
  10. ^ Forte 1 ton bonnet truck (brochure) (in Japanese), Tokyo, Japan: Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, December 1982, p. 12, 01.29.01(82-12) 
  11. ^ Mitsubishi L200 (brochure), Tokyo, Japan: Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, October 1983, p. 16, OC01'(10) 
  12. ^ Mitsubishi L200 (brochure), p. 15
  13. ^ Mitsubishi Motors: Commercial Vehicle Range (brochure), Cirencester, Glos., UK: The Colt Car Company, 1989, pp. 12–13 
  14. ^ a b c
  15. ^ a b c "L200 – Specifications". Bahrain:  

External links

  • (Japanese)Mitsubishi Triton official website
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