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December 6, 2023

It's Time To Geek Out On The Mitsubishi Triton's Off-Road Specs, Tech

Leading up to the all-new Mitsubishi Triton’s Philippine launch in January, more information has been revealed about its mechanicals, particularly how its ground-up design approach has resulted in excellent capability when things get rough.

You can read more about our first impressions of the Triton (or watch it on YouTube if you prefer). You can also check out its official Philippine specs here. If you want to know more about the four-wheel drive system, read on.

The 2024 Triton, particularly the top-of-the-line Triton Athlete 4WD features Mitsubishi’s All Wheel Control technology. This combines four drivetrain settings and seven drive modes to maximize its capability whatever the drive scenario.

At the heart of the All Wheel Control system is the famed Super Select 4WD-II system which offers a total of four modes: 2H, 4H, 4HLc, and 4LLc drivetrain settings.

The ability to switch from high-range 2WD to 4WD on the fly has long been a hallmark of Mitsubishi’s Super Select 4WD-II system. This is made possible by the Torsen control system that enables a 40/60 front/rear drive distribution while leaving the center differential unlocked, giving strong traction on slippery surfaces without reducing on-road agility.

For even more traction and control, ‘4HLc’ – Four Wheel Drive High-Range with Locked Center Differential gives a 50/50 locked drive split, front and rear.

While every mode provides an SUV-like sense of security, the other modes were fine-tuned to work in the following circumstances:
  • 2H – Ecological and economical driving on dry paved roads
  • 4H – Smooth and stable driving on unpaved roads. It can also be used on wet roads.
  • 4HLc – Confident driving in the mud such as forest roads during rainy season. It can also be used in sand.
  • 4LLC – Powerful driving over rocks and moguls.
Meanwhile, the seven drive modes influence the Triton’s entire powertrain, recalibrating not just the engine and transmission, but the behavior of the steering, traction control, and stability control too:
  • Normal – Engine/Transmission (Standard); AYC (Standard); EPS (Standard); TCL (Standard); ASC (Standard)
  • Eco – Engine/Transmission (Mild acceleration); AYC (Standard); EPS (Standard); TCL (Standard); ASC (Standard)
  • Gravel – Engine/Transmission (Standard); AYC (High); EPS (Standard); TCL (Allows some slip); ASC (Standard)
  • Snow – Engine/Transmission (Mild acceleration, 2nd gear launch); AYC (Medium); EPS (Standard); TCL (No Slip); ASC (Standard)
  • Mud – Engine/Transmission (Shortened gear shift time); AYC (Inactive); EPS (Standard); TCL (Allows slip at launch, then higher slip after launch); ASC (Inactive when accelerating)
  • Sand – Engine/Transmission (Shortened gear shift time); AYC (Inactive); EPS (Standard); TCL (Allows slip at launch, then higher slip after launch); ASC (Inactive when accelerating)
  • Rock – Engine/Transmission (Less gear shift at low speed); AYC (Inactive); EPS (Standard); TCL (High for brake); ASC (Inactive)
‘4LLc’ utilizes the transfer case to engage low-range gearing along with the locked center differential.

As for the six-speed automatic, the new Triton has the following gear ratio:
  • 1st Gear – 3.600
  • 2nd Gear – 2.090
  • 3rd Gear – 1.488
  • 4th Gear – 1.000
  • 5th Gear – 0.687
  • 6th Gear – 0.580
  • Reverse Gear – 3.732
  • Final Drive – 4.090
  • Transfer Gear Ratio – 2.566
Additionally, a new brake-based Active Yaw Control or AYC system employs a torque vectoring function to further optimize traction and response. This system calculates optimal yaw angles (movement along a vertical axis or along the left or right set of wheels) based on current driver operation and road condition, directing torque between the inner and outer wheels by using the braking system.

Also, electric power steering or EPS comes to the Triton for the first time. The new EPS system should deliver a better on-center feel and thanks to 3.3 turns lock-to-lock improved responsiveness and maneuverability. Turning radius? 6.2 meters.

The Triton also comes with 228 mm of ground clearance as standard across all variants, while key off-road measurements are:
  • Approach Angle: 29 or 30.4 degrees
  • Breakover Angle: 23.6 degrees
  • Departure Angle: 22.8 degrees
Finally, Mitsubishi has engineered the Triton with durability in mind. As such, they have placed crucial vehicle systems such as the steering, radiator, and transfer case either within the frame or protected by bars and skid plates to shield it from debris strikes.


  1. I wonder if the brake traction control for the front axle still turns off when the rear difflock is engaged, this was one of the common criticisms of the old Strada/Triton (and also the Hilux, D-max). And I'm surprised that despite the wheelbase increase, the departure angle is still quite bad, and with the wheelbase increase, the breakover angle is considerable worse. It seems that while the new Triton has better electronics and traction control systems, the old Strada's dimensions are more handy with its shorter wheelbase (better breakover angle) and narrower body. I really expected the new one to have a shorter rear overhang with its extended wheelbase. The crawl gear ratio could also be better if they used the 8-speed from the Montero.

    1. I hope the PH variant will come with a rear diff lock. The current Strada does not. The specs sheet for the new PH Triton does not mention the rear diff lock so I think it will not have it.

  2. Gravel sounds like it could be a sports mode


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