There might be a Triton lurking below the next all-new Nissan Navara.
In an interview with Reuters, Mitsubishi’s recently appointed COO Trevor Mann, confirmed that Mitsubishi Motors Corp and Nissan – its 34 per-cent majority stakeholder – are looking into joint production of pickup trucks in Thailand.
Mann suggested that Mitsubishi’s 4X4 pickup architectures are likely to be the base for any future new model collaborations.
“If you look at our cost performance in that region, we are the benchmark within the alliance,” Mann said. “Our four-by-four technology, our cost base on pickups is better than Nissan’s.”
The Navara and Triton are still relatively fresh, both having been launched in 2014, with all-new models not expected until 2022.
Mann stressed that a decision has not been made at this early stage of the development process, but noted that both vehicles currently have fundamental design and manufacturing differences and are being built on separate manufacturing lines in Thailand. Introducing a common architecture would make economic sense and might mean that Mitsubishi’s Thai plant builds pickups, leaving the Nissan plant to concentrate on SUVs.
The decision to share development of the next Navara and Triton, would have knock-on implications for the Navara based Mercedes-Benz X-Class and Renault Alaskan as well as the Triton based Fiat Fullback. The next generation of these models could conceivably all be based on a Mitsubishi 4X4 pickup platform.