Mitsubishi Motors South Africa has launched the significantly revised Triton, sporting a bold new look and substantial revisions under the skin.
The foremost detail of the new bakkie is unquestionably its styling, which has been revised all round to be squarer, sharper and bolder than before. It incorporates Mitsubishi’s new-generation “Dynamic Shield” front design concept. Flared, squared-off wheel arches and revised rear-end treatment with new light clusters complete the new macho look.
While on the subject of the Triton’s rear, a pleasing addition is that of a tailgate strut that eases the raising and lowering of the tailgate immeasurably. The new Triton boasts a 3,1-t towing capacity.
While it retains the same 2,4-litre MIVEC turbodiesel engine (133 kW, 430 Nm, combined-cycle fuel consumption of up to 7,6 l/100 km), Mitsubishi has replaced the old five-speed automatic gearbox with a new, smooth-shifting six-speed unit. A six-speed manual remains available.
While both transmission options are available with either 4×2 or 4×4 drive, it is the latter system that has been enhanced in the latest Triton, furthering its already impressive off-road ability. The electronic, shift-on-the-fly, Super Select 2 system with centre-locking differential now incorporates Electronic Off-road Assistance and Hill Descent Control (automatic models only).
The new Off-road Mode offers settings for Gravel, Mud/Snow, Sand and Rock. The system adapts the engine power, transmission and braking, to regulate the amount of wheel slip and therefore aids progress over the relevant terrain.
We were able to put the systems to thorough test on launch and, combined with the Triton’s 220-mm ground clearance; 5,9-m turning circle; and small approach, departure and breakover angles, it didn’t break a sweat.
Braking performance has been improved with the use of larger front discs and calliper pistons, while larger dampers are found at the rear to enhance ride comfort and carrying capacity.
The Triton’s interior appointments have come in for revision, too. The mildly refreshed cabin boasts a new (optional) touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as navigation. Overall perceived quality is good, the leather seats are super comfy, and space all round is generous.
The list of safety features is probably the longest on the Triton’s spec sheet, with just some of the notable appointments being LED headlamps, seven airbags, a reversing camera, keyless entry and start, active stability and traction control and a suite of electronic braking aids.
The new Triton undercuts its main rivals with pricing starting at R509 995 for the manual transmission 4×2, and going up to R589 995 for the automatic 4×4.
A five-year/90 000 km service plan, five-year/unlimited mileage roadside assistance and three-year/100 000 km warranty are included.
Look out for our full launch report in Issue 5 of FOCUS.