CLAIMING the title of "sports utility", Mitsubishi's new Triton is more car-like in its agility, handling and performance.
Still maintaining its off-road prowess, the MY16 Mitsubishi Triton has improved steering for car park duties and school runs, features a more compliant suspension and improved cabin comforts.
Prices start from $24,490 plus on-roads for the single cab, while the most popular double cab begins from $35,990.
The latter may sound expensive with the current model in run-out start from $29,990 drive-away, but Mitsubishi says it has dropped the prices across nearly all variants.
Both old and new variants will sell side-by-side until stock runs out - most likely until August. Mitsubishi's Tony Principe said this sales tactic would enable the Triton stay competitive in the "tradie" section, while the new variant with its five-star safety rating would again open the door to big business sales - especially in the mining sector.
The Triton is initially only available with a new 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel. A four-cylinder petrol in base model specification will be added later this year.
The new oil-burner generates slightly more power, just 2kW, but the hefty gains come in pulling power. Peak torque is up 30 Newton metres in manuals and 80Nm in automatics to 430Nm.
Boosting the torque and a new turbocharger which spools quicker has resulted in more instantaneous throttle response at low speed with greater acceleration prowess.
When it comes to design, it still looks distinctly Triton. Dual cab models maintain their "J-line" design between the tub and body but about 80% of the vehicle panels have been changed.
GLX models have 16-inch steel wheels, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity with voice command, CD stereo with USB port, speed limiter, trip computer, along with five-star safety with seven airbags courtesy of anti-lock brakes, stability control, trailer stability assist and hill start assist. Four-wheel drive models also get side steps.
The GLS has the "Super Select II" four-wheel drive system, 17-inch alloys, high intensity discharge headlights, LED daytime running lamps, side steps, rear step bumper, sports front bumper, rear view camera, leather trimmed three-spoke steering wheel and gear shifter, improved interior with piano black and silver trim highlights, dual-zone air con, and an upgraded stereo with a 15.5cm touch-screen with digital radio and six speakers.
Exceed also get paddle shifters on the steering wheel, diff lock, leather-look door trim, push button start, leather trimmed seats (driver's pew is electrically adjustable), automatic lights and wipers, power driver's seat and 17.7cm touch-screen with sat nav.
There is a five-year/100,000km warranty. Capped price servicing is available, with maintenance intervals annual or every 15,000km. Average price over four services is $522.
Single Cab Chassis GLX (m) $24,490, GLX (a) $26,990
Double Cab Pick Up GLX (a) $35,990
Single Cab Chassis GLX (m) $32,490
Club Cab Chassis GLX (m) $35,290
Double Cab Pick Up GLX (m) $36,990, (a) $39,490
Double Cab Pick Up GLS (m) $40,990, (a) $43,490
Double Cab Pick Up Exceed (a) $47,490
Model: Mitsubishi Triton.
Details: Single cab, club cab and double cab two or four-wheel drive utility.
Engine: 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel generating maximum power of 133kW @ 3500rpm and peak torque of 430Nm @ at 2500 rpm.
Transmission: Six-speed manual or five-speed automatic with Sport Mode.
Consumption: 7.0-7.6 litres/100km (combined average, varies slightly depending on body and transmission).
Towing: 3100kg (braked).
Payload: 970-1240kg depending on variant.
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