Mitsubishi has been absent from this market for the last couple of years but luckily Mitsubishi owners are an incredibly loyal bunch of folks that don’t mind waiting for the latest and greatest model Triton.
And the wait was well worth it. The new Triton with 185 changes over the outgoing model is really an improvement in overall refinement and performance. The new 2.4 engine making a very healthy 132kw and 430nmis responsive and really eager to rev. while its overall compression is a very low 15.1.1, added boost pressure ensures its impressive torque figures. It’s a mated to either a 6 speed manual or a 5 speed auto and both come standard with the super select 2 – 4 wheel drive system which I switchable on the fly.
To be honest, I prefer the autonomy with its silky smooth changes and more relaxed driving manners. It’s also easier to tackle rougher terrain, in my opinion. With 215mm ground clearance and a superb 4 wheel drive system with rear diff-lock, the Triton is pretty capable and nearly unstoppable as we found out at the Helderberg 4×4 course in Gauteng. The Triton would crawl it’s way up and down everything and even conquered a really rocky mountain trail without any trouble.
The interior space is class leading and has plenty of room for even the tallest drivers; after all, it has been stretched by 20mm and now sits at a class leading 1745mm. The front seats have very good lateral support and you can see that extra thought has gone into long distance driving comfort. The interior is also distinctively Mitsubishi with an “if it ain’t broke why fix it” approach. The steering wheel and speedo console is all new and looks marvelous. The multimedia system has been seen in other models and will be familiar to buyers of the vehicle.
The J line design has a few benefits, not only increasing cabin space, but also allowing the rear bench seat’s backrest to be angled at 25 degrees ensure more comfort for rear passengers.
Currently only the double cab variants are available locally in both 4×2 and 4×4 models and we expect to see the rest of the range pretty soon.
Prices are very competitive and are as follows.
Mitsubishi Triton 2.4 Di-D 4×2 (man) – R479 900
Mitsubishi Triton 2.4 Di-D 4×2 (auto) – R499 900
Mitsubishi Triton 2.4 Di-D 4×4 (man) – R539 900
Mitsubishi Triton 2.4 Di-D 4×4 (auto) – R559 900