The new Mitsubishi Triton 2.4 Di-DC MIVEC is quite a car.
Some will say it is a kind of weired looking bakkie, but I think its an SUV with an open boot. It drives like a car but carries like a bakkie.
Look past the exterior with its pronounced J-line and get into the cabin. It is a different world. You can see they have borrowed a number of Pajero bits and pieces, but that’s a good thing.
The driver’s seat is sublime, best in a bakkie, ever. Not only beause it is 5-way electrically adjustable and leather covered, it is just so comfortable, firm, gives good lumbar support and nestles you just so. Apleasure to sit in. The front passenger seat is as good, only manually adjusted.
The rear bench seat is also better than previoius bakkie benches, partly because it is not as upright as others and also has a better slab.
These bakkies drive well. Handling and roadholding, especially on gravel is exemplary. Power delivery is rated at 133 kW at 3 500 rpm with torque peaking at 430 Nm at 2 500 rpm. Fuel consumption is claimed to be 7.6 litres per 100 km in a combined cycle. I only managed 11.2 litres/100km.
“From the onset, the brief to designers and engineers was to maintain the essence of the Triton, but also to improve on aspects of ride, handling and comfort to create a truly SUV-like experience from behind the wheel. The team has certainly complied and has earned the new Triton the signature of Sport Utility Truck among owners, dealers and within the company,” says Nic Campbell, General Manager at Mitsubishi Motors South Africa.
A range of dynamic safety systems are available on the Triton. On the double-cab versions, Mitsubishi engineers have added its proprietary ASTC (Active Stability and Traction Control) system, which modulates both braking and engine power to maintain the chosen driving line in slippery conditions. The range comes standard with ABS and EBD as well as Hill Start Assist (HSA).
The Super-Select II 4×4 system offers the driver the choice of four distinct driving modes from a console-mounted selector. In AWD mode a 40:60 power split used.
“Many offroad-enabled vehicles offer the option of 4×2, 4×4 and 4×4 low range when selecting a mode for your current driving conditions. With Super-Select II, the driver is given the option of a high-speed 4×4 driving mode where the power delivery between the front and rear wheels is distributed in such a way to make gravel and wet road travelling safer,” says Campbell. This system really works well. The pride and joy of Mitsubishi.
There are four doubls cab versions in 4×2, 4×4, manual or auto.
If you are looking for an elegant cabin, handling of an SUV, but the practicality of a bakkie this Triton could be just the thing for you. An important point is that it is not as big as the big bakkies like Amarok or the Ranger which do not fit in everywhere.
If more people were aware just how good this bakkie is it would be selling thousands every month.
The Triton Double Cab starting price is R479 900 and all models come with a 5-year/90 000km service plan and
3-year/100 000km manufacturer’s warranty. The one to get is the 2.4 Di-D 4×4 automatic at R559 900.