Over in Thailand, Mitsubishi Motors has released a new variant of the popular Triton (Strada locally) pickup, the Triton Athlete. The new variant features a fierce new exterior with a sporty flair. It also comes with a new interior color that brings more life into the cabin.
The Triton Athlete is essentially a regular Strada GT pickup underneath, save for a couple of exterior goodies that brighten up the pickup. Instead of the regular chrome grille, the Athlete now features a black grille. The black grille doesn’t stop there as the lower bumper receives the same color treatment. Other blacked-out features of the pickup include the roof, side mirrors, door handles, side steps, sports bar, and 18-inch black alloy wheels.
Exterior decals for the Athlete include the ATHLETE symbol on the tailgate lid, 4x4 stickers on the tailgate lid for 4WD variants, and ATHLETE side decorative stickers. It comes in three color options: Sun Flare Orange with a black roof, Jet black Mica, and White Diamond with a black roof.
On the inside, the cabin of the vehicle is predominantly black but the seats now come with a two-tone black and orange design. The seats also have the word “Athlete” embossed on them. The orange leather doesn’t just stop at the seats as the center console near the shifter also gets the orange treatment. Aside from that, the vehicle still remains the same as a standard GT variant of the Strada.
The infotainment system comes in a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with radio, CD, DVD, MP3, and Bluetooth. Sound comes from a 6-speaker sound system for the 4WD variants. A navigation system is also present in the infotainment system but for 4WD variants only.
The Triton Athlete is still powered by the same 2.4-liter turbo diesel found in the Strada. The engine produces 176 hp and 430 Nm of torque, sent to the wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission with sports mode.
The Mitsubishi Triton Athlete is exclusively available in Thailand for now. It isn’t clear whether Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation will bring the souped-up pickup truck in the country but if it does, will you be willing to buy one?