The new Mitsubishi Triton has been launched in SA last year and I can honestly say it was worth worth waiting for.
The all new 2.4-litre Mivec turbodiesel engine, is much more sophisticated and refined compared to the previous-generation 2.5-litre.
The new Triton just looks so much better than the previous generation, the new design alone will draw in more buyers than before.
The new 2.4 is a gem of a motor, it produces a healthy 133kW at 3500rpm and 430Nm at 2500rpm. The 2.4 can be mated to either a 6spd Manual or 5spd Auto box. Even though the 2.4 is a diesel motor it is really quiet and refined, power delivery is smooth, that gives the Triton a more executive feel.
To place this in perspective the 2.8 Hi-Lux pushes 130kW and 420-450Nm and the VW Amarok 2.0 bi-Turbo TDi produces 132kW and 420Nm.
The all-new 5-speed automatic and 6-speed manual transmissions contribute to a smooth and nimble driving experience similar to that of a passenger car. The new automatic gearbox provides smooth gear changes and enhanced fuel economy during highway driving. The automatic transmission is electronically controlled and while the Sports Mode facility offers clutch-less manual gear-shifting for instant response. The 6-speed manual transmission has a short shift stroke providing a car-like driving experience.
The overall experience is sharpened; so that the Triton feels effortless in every situation you can throw it into. Combining an assured on-road handling with a sports automatic transmission that can find the right gear without hesitation, results in a genuinely versatile bakkie that will compete in the highly competitive bakkie segment of South Africa.
The Triton is spacious inside and also comfortable, all versions comes standard with leather seats as well as a touch-screen infotainment system with reverse camera and Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, dual front airbags and ASTC (active stability and traction control).
It is said to be quite capable of road even though it has les ground clearance than its rivals. It also includes low-range for trail creeping and has departure angles of 28 and 22 degrees.
On the tar it is comfortable especially on the highway, but might be a bit uncomfortable on harsh surfaces which can be expected of most bakkies.
Mitsubishi Triton models
- 2.4 Di-D 4×2 man
- 2.4 Di-D 4×2 auto
- 2.4 Di-D 4×4 man
- 2.4 Di-D 4×4 auto