The upcoming Mitsubishi Triton is coming to the Philippine market in about a month, and Strada enthusiasts can’t wait to try out the brand-new pickup on local roads and dirt.
For those concerned about its safety, the New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asia (ASEAN NCAP) has given the new triple-diamond truck a five-star safety rating for adult and child occupant protection.
After its previous generation received a four-star rating in 2015, Mitsubishi returned to the drawing board and improved the next generation’s passenger safety—mainly for children—for ASEAN NCAP’s improved 2021-2025 assessment protocol. The Triton is the first pickup truck to undergo this trial, as its rivals were initially tested in 2020.
The frontal-impact test showed fantastic results with the pickup’s strong crumple zone and standard front airbags. Even with the variants without side or curtain airbags, the Triton performed on top in the side-impact test.
The new challenges for the Triton are the safety features and the motorcycle safety. The pickup’s automatic emergency brakes detected obstructing vehicles and pedestrians with flying colors, and the blind spot warning worked well on both sides whenever a two-wheeler would pass by.
Overall, the new Triton earned a total weighted score of 74.71, enough to attain five stars. Until its competition takes on the new crash safety standards, Mitsubishi is well above the rest.