Reviewed for you: Mitsubishi Triton
The current-generation Mitsubishi Triton went on-sale here in 2015, but earlier this year a radically different looking Triton arrived as part of a mid-life update. Wearing Mitsubishi’s family dynamic shield grille, the updated Triton looks better than ever - it copped some tweaks to the interior and a raft of active safety features too.
What’s the price and what do you get?
There are a number of different Triton variants from cab chassis, to club cab and dual cab (or double cab, as Mitsubishi calls it), and it can be had in either 4x2 or 4x4. For the sake of this review, we’ll concentrate on the dual-cab pick-up Triton 4x4.
To get into a double cab (dual cab, we’ll use them interchangeably) 4x4, you start off with the GLX 4WD Manual which is priced from $36,990 driveaway, but this variant misses out on active safety like autonomous emergency braking, and to get that you have to spend $1,000 more on the GLX ADAS 4WD Manual, from $37,990 driveaway. The vehicle we tested was the top-spec GLS Premium which lists at $50,990 driveaway, undercutting most key rivals by almost $10,000.
The GLS Premium gets a black nudge bar, chrome door handles, a tub-liner, sports bar, privacy glass for the rear windows, LED daytime running lights and low and high beam; electric folding mirrors, leather interior, power adjust driver’s seat, self-dimming rear vision mirror, rain-sensing wipers, and dusk-sensing headlights. Rounding out the GLS Premium tech features are the reversing camera, both front and rear parking sensors as well as surround view monitor, dual-zone climate control, and heated front seats. The 7.0-inch infotainment screen with Apple and Android connectivity is a carry-over from the old car.
What’s the interior like?
The Triton, and especially the GLS Premium, now looks more passenger car on the inside than ever with sturdy but fine-grained plastics that feel good to the touch. There are chrome accents and a little bit of soft-touch padding at the base of the dashboard that help lift the cabin ambience beyond workhorse towards show pony.
The switch gear is all well laid out and easy to use while driving, and the carry-over 7.0-inch infotainment screen offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity but no native sat-nav.
What’s the passenger space like?
There’s a big wide step and a couple of grab handles to make getting into the Triton a cinch, and the front seats, which offer powered adjustment for the driver, are comfortable. The steering wheel offers good adjustment, too, so drivers of all shapes and sizes will be able to get comfortable behind the wheel. Over in the back, there’s room for two adults with directional air vents (something not all vehicles in this segment offer) mounted in the roof.
What about the tray?
The updated Triton’s tray is identical in size to the old car, so much so that the old car’s tonneau cover will fit on this new one. The GLS Premium gets a tub liner with tie-down points but no assister spring on the tailgate so you’ve got to be careful when opening it and closing it.
What’s performance like?
The Triton continues with a 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine which makes 133kW at 3500rpm and 430Nm of torque at 2500rpm. However, the engine is now mated to a six-speed automatic transmission (it was previously a five-speed automatic) and that alone smooths out and refines this engine making it much easier and quicker-feeling to drive.
What’s it like on the road?
The Triton manages what so few of its competitors can and that is to be able to be driven in either 2WD or 4WD on bitumen. See, most part-time 4WDs can’t be driven in four-wheel drive high-range on a high-traction surface like bitumen, but the Triton’s clever Super Select II 4WD system helps get around this. Meaning, the Triton is grippier than most of its competitors on wet bitumen.
Beyond the all-weather traction advantage, the Triton’s suspension has been tweaked for better on-road ride comfort and body control through corners. And it certainly feels more agile and better controlled without a load than the old Triton.
What’s it like off the road?
Beyond Super Select II, another one of the Triton’s off-road advantages is its small, 11.8 metre turning circle which gives it good maneuverability on overgrown and tight tracks. The GLS Premium offers an okay 220mm of ground clearance, where other Triton variants only have 205mm, and the quick acting traction control ensures that you’ll keep moving forward even on slippery terrain. There’s also an off-road drive mode selector that allows you to choose from slippery grass to sand and rock; this tweaks the transmission, traction controls and throttle sensitivity to improve performance when you’re off-road and makes it easier for novices to get further down the track than they otherwise might. In all, the Triton remains one of the stronger performers off-road in the segment.
What safety features does it get?
The Triton carries over its five-star ANCAP rating from 2015 and doesn’t require re-testing because this ‘new’ car is just an update. But that hasn’t stopped Mitsubishi going heavy on the active safety with the GLS Premium offering forward collision mitigation (or autonomous emergency braking), lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors with reversing camera and surround view, plus automatic high-beam. There are seven airbags which include curtain airbags that extend into the back of the cabin, something that not all dual-cab utes offer.
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