Pig-Ugly or What? The 2019 Mitsubishi Triton

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God knows where the current crop of Japanese car designers are getting their ideas of styling from.

Not from the styling greats such as Raymond Loewy, Harley Earl, Clare MacKichan, Bill Mitchell, Virgil Exner, Gordon Buehrig, Guiseppe Bertone, or Giorgetto Giugiaro - that's for sure.

If the new Mitsubishi Triton doesn't rate as the Edsel of the 21st Century, I don't know what does.
Pig-ugly is the kindest description I can give it, on a public forum.

If this thing sells in spades, it won't be because of its stunning looks - it will be because it sells cheaper than any other comparable ute in its size.

God, please send us back some of those long-dead designers who gave us some of the most beautiful things Man ever designed and created.

And reserve a special corner of Hell for all those Mitsubishi car designers that have seared our eyeballs with this ugly rubbish, that is even worse than the very worst designs, that the Americans ever produced.

New 2019 Mitsubishi Triton

Cheers, Ron.
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Reply By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 07:45

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 07:45
Gday Ron
I dont see anything wrong with the design. It is comparable with the designes of all the other utes on the market.
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Reply By: OBJ - Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 08:04

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 08:04
Stop sitting on the fence Ron, and tell us how you really feel.
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Reply By: axle - Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 08:39

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 08:39
Big Improvement!, I like it, But then everyone has a different opinion.


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Reply By: Michael H9 - Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 08:49

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 08:49
It's funny how some new car designs appear ugly at first and then a few years down the track seem ok and the old designs that you used to like appear old and dated. I think Tritons have always been pig ugly but this new one is a little bit better in my opinion. Now, if it had the Pajero Sport god ugly tail lights, that would be a different matter....

Ps : you have to hide the front of most Jap cars with a bullbar to make them bearable to look at in my opinion.
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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 09:50

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 09:50
Yes, my BT50 benefited greatly from the addition of an ARB Deluxe bar. Perhaps because in the fitting much of the plastic has to be cut away! LOL
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Follow Up By: Phil B (WA) - Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 23:17

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 23:17
Well put Michael H9.

When the 80 series came out - you should have heard the carry on. You'd have thought Toyota had designed a pram - nowadays an 80 series is considered an icon.

For me the outside shape isn't that important - its whats underneath that matters, 'beauty is only skin deep' the bride keeps reminding me.

Just my thoughts.

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Follow Up By: OutBack Wanderer - Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 23:45

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 23:45
There's me, next to my Pajero Sport god ugly tail lights, since I do all my driving at the front, I hardly notice them at all and very rarely do I see them when reversing unless I look at a shop window. When I do actually walk past them, I check for cracks and stone chips, some days if I'm feeling lazy, I'll give the ol girl a scrub and wash the dust off those god ugly tail lights.

To me like all other ppl who don't relate cars as sexy ??????? I don't see what the problem is, the lights are just that, lights inside a red plastic covering, I don't stand there thinking WOW aren't they sexy tail lights, how in gods name you equate tail lights as sexy is beyond me along with other parts of the vehicle, you do know what sex is, don't you? WOW what a sexy looking car you have. Damned if I can relate sex to cars, unless we're talking about the back seat.

To me all vehicles are built for a purpose, to move ppl from Point A to Point B.
Many variants are built for those with different tastes, I myself as a driver for the Royal Australian Artillery drove a 6WD International Tractor towing a 105mm howitzer, I think my squad would have funny thoughts if I started thinking about my bitch as being sexy, it was pig-ugly, it wasn't built for luxury, it was built for war and what a fine vehicle it was, it was our home-away-from-home.

No A/C for this crew, no carpets, no radio except the squawk box, some-times no roof, no cushy seats, no air-bags, no seat belts for those in the back, no protection for those in the back or the front should a shell hit our 5 tonnes of high explosive our motto " One Flash and Your Ash " nothing beats driving through a dust storm inside your cab wearing goggles with front windshield down and trying to not run up the a of the gun in front. WOW, thats one sexy tractor you have there

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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 07:11

Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 07:11
Does that post hold the forum record for using the word sex? Personally, I've always had a platonic relationship with my cars but we do live in liberated times these days. If most people didn't care what their car looked like, the car polish and associated industries would go broke. Perhaps in times of war, things would be different?
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Follow Up By: tim_c - Friday, Nov 16, 2018 at 11:44

Friday, Nov 16, 2018 at 11:44
You'll probably become more aware of your ugly tail lights when it comes time to trade-in...
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Reply By: Notso - Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 09:35

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 09:35
I've always been impressed with the Triton, owned one for 7 years from 2006. If I had a need for a ute now I'd buy another one.

Best looking of all the twin cabs.
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Reply By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 10:36

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 10:36
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Ron,

Looks alright to me. It's a bloody truck, isn't it?

I mean, we're not gunna hang it in the National Gallery are we?

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Follow Up By: Ron N - Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 10:55

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 10:55
Allan - Yeah, well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, don't they say.

I just have this opinion that the current crop of Japanese car stylists have no idea what constitutes good styling appearance in a vehicle.

It was long a given, that attractive styling led to increased sales. Ford led the way for many decades with a lot of attractive styling.

Could you ever beat the early 1950's F-series utes for sheer attractiveness of appearance?
These utes are classics, still sought after today by hot-rodders for their superb styling.

Even the HQ Holden ute was attractively styled, and is becoming a classic collector vehicle.

I think there's even a few people collecting early FJ40's, which are still reasonably attractive-looking.
But I'll wager no-one will ever rate this 2019 Triton as a stunning collectible for it's outstanding styling, that stood the test of time.

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Follow Up By: 9900Eagle - Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 10:56

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 10:56
God damn Alan old son, that's not a truuuuck, this is a truuuuck and it ain't even a jacked up one.

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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 10:58

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 10:58
Personally, I think Mahindra take the cake for dog ugly utes. They have no redeeming features.
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 11:39

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 11:39
I don't know, Michael - even though I have to agree the Mahindra is bloody ugly, I reckon the Koreans are right up there in the ugly stakes.

I mean to say, the Ssangyongs make the Mahindra look good, what with that dreadful Actyon, and the just plain ridiculous Korando.

What is worse, these products were styled by a British designer formerly of MG!

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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 13:02

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 13:02
Hey Ron, Ssangyong is a subsidiary of Mahindra, ugly is in their DNA. :-)
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 13:33

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 13:33
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Of course Ron, about the 'beholder's eye' I mean.

It's just that I have never been much of a critic of automotive design. Except those awful square boxes that Jeep produce. Especially when painted black! I really do not want to socially mix with people who buy them!

So long as my vehicle reliably gets me from 'A' to 'B' in reasonable comfort I am satisfied. (Not all of them did!) I mean, look at me..... I drive a Troopy!!!!!

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 13:38

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 13:38
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Hi 9900Eagle, now I know where your nom de plume comes from.
Just shows how much I know about trucks.

I thought that anything bigger than a Camry was a "Truuuuck". lol
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Follow Up By: Candace S. - Saturday, Nov 17, 2018 at 04:00

Saturday, Nov 17, 2018 at 04:00
"Could you ever beat the early 1950's F-series utes for sheer attractiveness of appearance? "

I thought American designers produced ugly vehicles? So I gathered from your OP. :)
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Saturday, Nov 17, 2018 at 11:31

Saturday, Nov 17, 2018 at 11:31
Candace, I guess I didn't make my opinion clear as regards American auto stylists.
The Americans have produced extremes in automotive styling.

They have produced some of the most stunning auto designs in the world - while, at the same time, they have produced some of the ugliest.
IMO, some of the butt-ugliest cars were produced in the U.S. from the 1950's to the 1980's.

Many times, it appeared that the U.S. Auto manufacturers must have shipped in some Russian auto stylists, who produced these monsters after a months bender on Vodka.

Just a few examples ...

1956 Nash Ambassador Super
1957 Rambler Cross Country
1958 Lincoln Continental
1974 Ford Torino Elite
1980 Cadillac Seville
1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais

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Reply By: ian.g - Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 11:26

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 11:26
Hi Ron, looks ok to me, a lot better looking than the last couple of efforts from Mitsubishi. Biggest problem I have with Mitsubishi is resale value, once you buy one you're stuck with Mitsubishi for life, only place you can trade them is back to a "Mr Shitty" dealer, no one else wants to know you, we will have to wait and see as far as longevity is concerned.
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Reply By: RMD - Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 11:46

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 11:46
Ron

It is a ute, doesn't have to be beautiful to fall in love with! What have you got against pigs, lovely animals, affectionate and dig your garden for free they do.

Should've gone to Spec Savers. That is not worse than the Hilux or Nissan and certainly better than the front of some of the Toyota Sation wagon things they sell.

They are only a great seller because they are cheap. Shocks need replacing before ever driving them, have you seen the new ones bounce the rear? alarming.
They still have retained the back breaking severe overhang design too. Expect to see many with the middle higher than the ends I reckon. The self adjusting headlight soon run out of ability.
I heard of Bertone but who are the others? Who cares anyway?

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Reply By: rocco2010 - Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 13:11

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 13:11
Tritons not my cup of tea but hey, I had a PJ Ranger extra cab.
I have seen better looking bricks. But it made sense at the time, was a good deal and served me well.
And I couldn’t see how ugly it was from the inside.
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Follow Up By: Zippo - Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 17:33

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 17:33
Rocco: "And I couldn’t see how ugly it was from the inside. "

You've hit the nail on the head. THAT is Mitsubishi's clever marketing strategy - make them soooo ugly that you'll want to hide from their nauseating appearance, and the only safe place is inside.
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Reply By: Member - Scott & Sally - Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 18:57

Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 18:57
The aftermarket bullbar should only weigh about 4 Tonne.
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Follow Up By: Tomdej - Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 19:22

Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 19:22
I must be missing something re your comment. Many 4WDs have aftermarket bullbars fitted. Why would this one weigh any more?
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Follow Up By: Member - Scott & Sally - Monday, Nov 12, 2018 at 05:18

Monday, Nov 12, 2018 at 05:18
ahhh, to replace the extremely large piece of plastic that's on the front of it.
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Follow Up By: Tomdej - Monday, Nov 12, 2018 at 10:28

Monday, Nov 12, 2018 at 10:28
So by removing some plastic and adding a bullbar it will weigh more than adding a bullbar to a vehicle that doesn't have plastic removed. Must be a new maths I'm not familiar with....

For many on the forum modern vehicles do not have the timeless beauty of old landcruisers and patrols, but they do have safety features that older vehicles do not:

Stability control
Airbags
Crumple zones
ABS

In the case of the upper model Tritons you can add AWD which is a huge advantage on wet tar roads when you cannot use 4WD.

Get used to these new 4WDs as the old ones die off and mandatory safety regulations get further strengthened.

What will you buy when your old Landcruiser finally dies?

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Follow Up By: Member - Scott & Sally - Monday, Nov 12, 2018 at 15:33

Monday, Nov 12, 2018 at 15:33
One word Tom,
Sarcasm.
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Monday, Nov 12, 2018 at 17:11

Monday, Nov 12, 2018 at 17:11
You should have used the Sans Sarcastica font :)
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Monday, Nov 12, 2018 at 18:04

Monday, Nov 12, 2018 at 18:04
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Follow Up By: Greg J1 - Monday, Nov 12, 2018 at 19:33

Monday, Nov 12, 2018 at 19:33
Hey Tom, The day they announce they are stopping building the land cruiser ute will be the day I go to the local dealer and buy 5 of them.


I wouldn’t be seen dead in one of those utes Ron pictured.


Cheers Greg.
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Follow Up By: Member - Scott & Sally - Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018 at 10:16

Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018 at 10:16
Well Tom,
With only 50,000 K's on it and me being close to retirement I doubt I'll see the Cruiser die.
Greg, great idea.
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Reply By: swampy - Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018 at 22:46

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Hi
Yea the triton always has looked a bit well ugly but at least its not the same as the Pajero ..

When is the triton going to GROW UP and for example offer 2 different engines and 2 different payloads . Still featured like an entry level ute .
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Reply By: Shaker - Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 at 09:38

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 at 09:38
Ron, you left out Malcolm Sayer, the designer of one of the most iconic cars of all time!

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Reply By: Member - johnat - Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 at 19:38

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 at 19:38
Seriously? Who gives a tuppeny what the vehicle looks like, so long as it does the job for which it is intended?

Agree that it ain't a "truck" - it's a damned Ute! except that it will mostly be sold with a tub, an abortion of a pretend cargo carrier if ever there was one! A single cab with a tray back and drop-sides is the only TRUE ute! (puts on tinfoil hat and hides!)
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 at 22:23

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 at 22:23
John, I have to agree, a "proper" ute is a single cab with tray back and drop-sides - but the sad fact is, "proper" utes are outsold about 5 to 1, by tizzied-up dual-cab shopping trollies, or dual-cabs used for camping and caravanning.

This is what sort of puzzles me about the 2019 Triton. Rangers have come from behind to be a best-seller, simply because they look stylishly good - and they look even better, "tizzied up".

In a booming market where probably 3/4's of the dual-cab utes sold are sold to families, in lieu of the old Commodore or Falcon - and they are sold, more often than not, on stylish looks, more than anything else - I'm surprised that Mitsubishi couldn't come up with a stylish body shape, that posed a real threat to Ranger and Hilux, in the "good looks" dept.

I suspect, that as in many things Mitsubishi, not only is all the engineering done on the cheap - but they got in the cheapest styling team that they could find, as well! (ducks for cover in the same foxhole as Johnat!)

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Follow Up By: tim_c - Friday, Nov 16, 2018 at 12:17

Friday, Nov 16, 2018 at 12:17
Most families seem too pre-occupied with counting cupholders and airbags to worry too much about the external looks (at least that's the impression you get from reading professional reviews).

"Looks" are very subjective... I still remember reading a magazine article years ago which was drawing attention to what the writer considered to be the ugliest car models announced by various manufacturers. I particularly remember reading about a Subaru which the writer obviously didn't like, but I thought looked alright apart from the front grille (which is a minor change - a lot of Subaru owners change them to Crimsafe mesh anyway).

A year or so later, Subaru released a mid-size station wagon which looked remarkably similar, although with a different grille. You might have heard of it, or even seen one or two around - Subaru called it the "Forester". In fact, despite a motoring journalist telling us that this car was so ugly that no one would buy it, the result was that Subaru more-or-less started a boom in sales of soft-roaders so significant that the other manufacturers all ended up adding soft-roaders to their line-ups.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Saturday, Nov 17, 2018 at 13:47

Saturday, Nov 17, 2018 at 13:47
I was always told that a true utility has the tub integral with the cab, such as early Holdens, Falcons etc. & that cab chassis style vehicles with separate tray/tub were pick-ups.

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Follow Up By: Ron N - Saturday, Nov 17, 2018 at 14:31

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That's right, if you want to be 100% correct.

Body style is defined in Road Traffic Authority designations, and a utility is defined separately to a vehicle with a "tray top" or "tray back" body.

The original Lew Bandt-designed '34 Ford utility was designed as the first "crossover vehicle" after a farmers wife wrote to Ford Australia's MD in mid-1933, saying her hubby couldn't afford both a car and a truck, but that they would like a vehicle that would be, "a car go to church on Sunday, and a truck to take the pigs to market on Monday."

The Ford MD thought that it could be done, and 23 yr old Lew Bandt was given the job - and produced the now-classic integral utility body.

It was a long time before the Americans produced a similar integral body "pickup" - they always preferred the separate "tub body" on their pickups.

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Reply By: nickb - Friday, Nov 16, 2018 at 20:40

Friday, Nov 16, 2018 at 20:40
I don’t mind it, something a little different to the others.

Many like to be proud of their vehicles so looks will always play a major part in vehicle choice. Many have zero interest/knowledge about how a car works, as long as it gets them to where they are going all is well. I know a few people who bought cars just because of the colour, I’m sure there are thousands out there that bought a car because of looks/colour, they would have no idea what type or size motor is in it, all that’s important is what it looks like.

Look how many spend thousands on new rims and tyres. We here on ExplorOz are in the minority that buy a vehicle that is fit for purpose, be it towing, off-roading or both.
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Reply By: Ron N - Friday, Nov 16, 2018 at 21:39

Friday, Nov 16, 2018 at 21:39
Another thing - I reckon there'll be a heap of bullbar designers with their heads in their hands, trying to figure out how to shape and attach a bullbar to this ugly beast.

I mean to say - where do you start and finish cutting, or removing front end parts, to get a bullbar to fit that shape??

I reckon any new bullbar for this model will cost a fortune, such will be the weird shape required.

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