KUCHING: The new Mitsubishi Triton VGT Adventure X is now a favourite car for Malaysia’s first female motorsports driver, Leona Chin.
Chin was in Kuching during the weekend to promote the latest Triton variant for Mitsubishi.
She has just returned from China after finishing second in the Clio Cup China Series championship.
“The new Adventure X is a step-up for previous Triton version. This new model is more powerful in terms of torque and fuel efficiency. I love its new body kit and front bumper grill,” Chin told reporters at Mitsubishi Extra Hardcore roadshow.
Besides performing stunts, Chin also had meet-and-greet sessions with fans.
With 10 years of experience in motorsports, the Selangor drift ace said she first started doing drifting stunts as a hobby.
“I moved on from drifting to other kind of races such as circuit, gymkhana and time attack. The latest kind of motorsports that I joined is off-road – in the Borneo Safari,” she said.
Chin completed the 26th Borneo Safari held in Sabah last week with four Triton trucks. The Borneo Safari is known as the world’s toughest 4x4 expeditions.
“I joined the Borneo Safari with the Triton team for five days. That was my first experience going into the jungle.
“We went through a lot of hurdles and obstacles, from ditches to climbing steep hills. I really loved the environment and I’m happy with the teamwork. I hope that I can participate in next year’s Borneo Safari,” she said.
It has been a great year for her as she has been racing in China, South Korea and Thailand. Chin said she would try out GT Racing and LMS motorsports next year.
Also present during the roadshow was Malaysia’s 2WD Rally champion Kenneth Kho, who also test drove the new Triton.
The new Triton comes in six variants comprising the flagship VGT Adventure X and the upgraded version of Triton VGT AT and VGT MT.
MMM chief operating officer Tan Siow Chuan said the new Triton was also the first pick-up truck in its segment to offer light-weight aluminium alloy block diesel engine with Mivec variable valve-timing technology.
“The development of the new Mivec engine was focused on reducing fuel consumption. Mitsubishi managed to improve efficiency up to 15%,” he said during the roadshow.
The next roadshow will be held in Kota Kinabalu in early January.