Kota Kinabalu, 25 October 2016– Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) is set to make a revolutionary comeback into the Borneo Safari for the second consecutive year, but this time with the New Triton with MIVEC Turbo Diesel Engine, the first pick-up to offer an aluminium diesel engine! The Borneo Safari will take place from 30 October – 6 November in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
The Borneo Safari needs no introduction to the world of adventure, having established a reputation over the past 26 years as one of the world’s toughest 4X4 expeditions.
Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia, the official distributor of Mitsubishi vehicles in Malaysia is joining in the fray by sending four of its Triton 4X4 pick-up trucks, with two of it being the New Triton with MIVEC Turbo Diesel Engine. Last year, MMM participated with one unit of all-new Triton and have up the ante this year with an additional three units!
“Last year, we were very delighted that the all-new Triton VGT MT (Manual Transmission) had successfully completed the Borneo Safari! The event is known to be the world’s toughest 4X4 expeditions, hence we decided to rise up to the challenge and to conquer the trails of Borneo Safari once again, but with two additional new Triton with MIVEC Turbo Diesel Engine VGT AT (Automatic Transmission) and VGT MT (Manual Transmission) variant respectively.” said Chief Executive Officer of MMM, Mr. Tomoyuki Shinnishi.
He added, “By using lightweight aluminum instead of a traditional cast iron material, the new engine is about 30kg lighter than before, while at the same time retaining the same level of reliability and robustness that all Mitsubishi 4x4s are known for.”
The new Triton will participate as a corporate vehicle, championed by Malaysia Motorsport Athlete, Leona Chin. Chin will be driving the new Triton AT variant into the gruelling off-road event.
The Triton will also be piloted by six members of the media who will be behind the wheels of the pick-up truck, accompanied by experience 4×4 instructors. There will also be an additional five Triton owners joining the convoy, bringing the total of Mitsubishi Triton vehicles participating in the Borneo Safari to nine!
“As a Mitsubishi Triton owner, I am excited to take on the Borneo Safari in the new Triton. I have been working with Mitsubishi on several events, and the Triton has proved itself through many tough situations with the new and powerful MIVEC Turbo Diesel Engine. Being a first timer into the Borneo Safari, I am really looking forward to this gruelling event and I am confident that the Triton will be able to conquer the Borneo Safari once again this year!” said Chin.
“The engine performance has also been improved, with output now rising to 181 PS of power and 430 Nm of torque. With reduced kerb weight and increased power output, overall acceleration and driving performance has also been improved,” she added.
The Borneo Safari is an extremely tough event, taking the participants through various terrain challenges over eight days and seven nights. It is a challenge for the vehicles as well as the human participants.
The participating Triton is being outfitted with the compulsory equipment such as winch, protection bars, recovery points, extreme tires, suspension and snorkel. The tires for the Triton are also sponsored by global tire company, Giti tyres.
Last year, the Triton completed the endurance test in one piece. The Triton was sent into the Borneo Safari almost as standard as how it left the showroom floor. When the “as-stock-as-possible” Triton drove into the parking lot at Kota Kinabalu’s Hakka Hall for the closing dinner, all doubt was removed, as it has done its job.
After the Borneo Safari event last year, the purpose-built Triton has also completed several adventure drives in East Malaysia including the New Year 4×4 Jamboree event in Kuching and Bario, Sarawak as well as Kundasang, and the Tip of Borneo in Sabah with local 4×4 enthusiasts respectively.
The Borneo Safari will flag off at 9.30am from Sabah Tourism Board building at Jalan Gaya, Kota Kinabalu. The convoy will then proceed to Kampung Penampang Baru for the opening Prologue Special Stages.
More about Borneo Safari 2016
The Borneo Safari International off-road challenge is an exclusive and upbeat eight-day 4WD expedition through Northern Borneo, covering 1000 km of some of the most challenging and varied off-road terrains in the world.
The concept of the Borneo Safari Expedition, unique in motor sport, is that of an adventure track with 4WDs through some of the world’s most incredibly beautiful yet most agonizingly difficult jungle terrains.
The Borneo Safari is designed as a competitive expedition to bring out the spirit of adventure, teamwork, skilful and safe driving and to bring out the very best in man and machine. It is neither a motor rally nor a race! The participants will travel through the mountains and valleys and cross the streams and rivers; they will have their endurance, stamina and skill tested to the limit.
More about the New Triton with MIVEC Turbo Diesel Engine
Powered by a new aluminum alloy block 2.4-litre MIVEC Turbo Diesel Engine with VGT Intercooler, the new Triton is now more powerful and more fuel efficient. The new Triton is also the first with diesel engine in the segment to use MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic control system) variable valve timing technology.
Previously only available on Mitsubishi’s petrol engines, MIVEC allows for finer control of the valves.
Thanks to improvements in common rail diesel technology, diesel fuels can now combust at much lower pressure, leading to reduced noise and emissions. However precise control of the valves is necessary to maintain cold-start performance.
With MIVEC finely controlling the valves, improvements in all areas of performance can now be realised. The lower pressure in the combustion chamber also means that it is possible to use lightweight aluminum alloy material for the engine block.
Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) has also been improved making the new Triton a quieter and comfortable drive.
The use of timing chain also means reduced maintenance cost, and longer service lifespan.
The new Triton now comes in six variants, allowing it to meet the needs of a wide range of customers.
The new Triton VGT Adventure X variant is now flagship of the Triton range. It comes standard with rugged looking accessories like a Shield Extender for the front bumper, new Sports Bar with Fullbox, and Dual-tone 17-inch alloy wheels.
The existing Triton VGT AT & VGT MT has also been upgraded. On top of the new engine, Automatic Bi-Xenon HID Headlamps with integrated LED Daytime Running Lights and rear fog lamps are now available as standard. The VGT MT model has also been upgraded with a new 6-speed manual transmission.
All 4×4 models are equipped with Mitsubishi’s signature Easy Select 4WD system that optimizes torque distribution between the front and rear axles. By simply turning the 4WD Selector, drivers can select between 2WD-Hi and 4WD-Hi while driving at speeds of up to 100km/h, or to 4WD-Lo for the most challenging off-road conditions. The Easy Select 4WD system has been continuously improved for over two decades. It is a robust drivetrain that is able to handle high torque levels.
The new Triton retains its predecessors of best-in-class feature of 5.9 meters turning radius.
As before, all new Triton models are imported as a Completely Built-Up (CBU) vehicle from Mitsubishi Motors’ global production hub in Thailand.
Prices and colour options for all six variants are as listed in the table below:
|No||Variant||OTR Price without insurance GST inclusive (RM) in Sabah||Available Colours|
|1||Triton VGT Adventure X 4×4 AT||126,437.86||Impulse Blue, Titanium Grey|
|2||Triton VGT Adventure 4×4 AT||119,630.78||Earth Green, Red Solid, Pearl White, Shadow Black|
|3||Triton VGT 4×4 AT||110,878.82||Sterling Silver, Pearl White, Shadow Black|
|4||Triton VGT 4×4 MT||104,051.75|
|5||Triton 4×4 MT||90,406.62||Sterling Silver, White Solid|
|6||Triton Quest 4×2 MT||75,164.58|
The new Triton comes with 2 Years of Free Maintenance and a 3 years/ 100,000 km factory warranty, whichever comes first.
MMM Sales Network and Others
The company is currently represented by 55 showrooms (out of which 47 are 3S Centres) and 53 service outlets throughout Malaysia. In East Malaysia, MMM is represented by 12 showrooms (6 in Sarawak and 6 in Sabah).
The ASX 2WD and 4WD compact SUV is locally assembled in Malaysia while the other Mitsubishi models are imported as CBU (Completely Built-Up) units from Thailand (compact sedan Attrage, Pajero Sport SUV, Triton pick-ups) and Japan (Outlander SUV and Lancer sedan).
For further information and to register for interest, please visit www.mitsubishi-motors.com.my or by calling the Mitsubishi Motors Customer Careline at 1800 18 6611 (9 am – 5 pm, Mondays to Fridays excluding public holidays).