Mitsubishi Motors South Africa has launched a completely redesigned Mitsubishi Triton. The 2017 model, the fifth in the lineage, is the most advanced pick-up yet developed by Mitsubishi..
Brian Joss – The SUV established itself as a customer favourite in markets such as Australia, Brazil, Europe and the Middle East. In South Africa, the range will be premiered by the Mitsubishi Triton 2.4 Di-DC MIVEC Double Cab.
“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.
Campbell explains that engineers have improved 185 key areas of the Triton, compared to its predecessor, ranging from deepening and reinforcing the loading bay, revising the shape of the bonnet for aerodynamic efficiency and refining the driving position for improved in-vehicle visibility and comfort.
Other elements such as the distinct J-line between the cabin and the load bay have been reworked for benchmark interior space. This is immediately apparent to all passengers, particularly those seated in the back of the double-cab models.
The central design theme behind the new Triton was “athleticism”, which is evident in the exterior design of the new pick-up range.
The combined engineering effort, which has radically improved the new Triton over its predecessor, is perhaps most evident inside the cabin, which was purposely shaped to mirror the same level of comfort and convenience as Mitsubishi’s range of SUV-models and iconic Pajero.
The driver has the benefit of a new dashboard with easy-to-clean surfaces chosen for practicality. Range-specific features on the new model include an intuitive touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity and USB audio input as well as the keyless push-button Stop/Start system.
There is cruise control, dual-zone auto air-conditioning, a reverse camera, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment and leather upholstery, to name a few of the standard creature comforts.
The cabin has been stretched by 20mm to 1 745mm, while shoulder room ‒ both front and rear ‒ has been improved. Subtle changes include redesigned seats offering additional bolstering and higher density foam for more comfortable long distance driving.
The Mitsubishi Triton is fitted with a next-generation aluminium block four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine. The new engine offers the ideal combination of a fast spooling turbocharger with an unconventionally low compression ratio of 15.5:1 which aids responsive torque delivery at low engine speeds.
The 2.4 MIVEC engine features an all-aluminium cylinder block construction with reinforced steel piston sleeves for durability and an integrated common rail direct injection system. This engine weighs 30 kg less than its predecessor.
Power delivery is rated at 133 kW at 3 500 rpm with torque peaking at 430 Nm at 2 500 rpm. Fuel consumption is rated at 7.6 litres per 100 km in a combined cycle.
The new 2.4 MIVEC turbo-diesel delivers power to the rear (2H), or all wheels (4H if 4×4) through the choice of a shorter-shifting six-speed manual gearbox, or a five-speed automatic transmission.
The new Mitsubishi Triton Double Cab GLS Exceed achieved a full five-star safety rating in the Australian NCAP safety performance test. The foundations of this high safety rating have been laid in the engineering and manufacturing of the new Triton with large quantities of high-strength steel in its safety cell as partner to Mitsubishi’s patented Reinforced Safety Evolution (RISE) technology. This is coupled to features such as a fully collapsible steering column and additional side-impact bars in the doors.