Mitsubishi has confirmed that its next-generation Triton pick-up range will be available in southern African markets from mid-2016.
This is the fifth generation Mitsubishi pick-up and by far its most advanced commercial vehicle to date. The new model has already started raking in accolades in countries where it has been introduced, including that of 2015 Truck of the Year by Auto Express in the UK.
“We are delighted to confirm the introduction of the all-new Triton in the local market. In countries where it’s already been launched, automotive journalists who have driven the new Triton were extremely complimentary about the quiet car-like drive it offers. The softer and quieter SUV type ride, complemented by the functionality of a traditional load bin, prompted Mitsubishi’s engineers to label it a Sport Utility Truck (SUT),” says Wynand Pretorius, Mitsubishi’s Chief Operations Officer (COO) in Africa.
The new Triton boasts a bold grill framed by bi-xenon lights, strongly accentuated flanks and a larger load bay.
The unique J-line design that was introduced on the current Triton range back in 2007 is retained in a more conventional-looking way on the new model and assists to provide double cab passengers with class-leading interior length and overall comfort. This design does not only result in a more spacious interior, it also allows for a comfortable reclined seating posture, especially in the back.
The wider interior angle of the side windows also provides additional shoulder space inside the cabin, providing a relaxing ride for both driver and passengers.
The fully revised suspension enables car-like ride comfort and superb driving stability. Stiffer suspension springs and expanded stabilisers in front reduce body roll, provide quicker handling response and ensure a safer ride when the driver is required to make sudden manoeuvres to avoid obstacles. The combination of finely-tuned rear shock absorbers and an extension of the rear leaf springs further contribute to a quieter and more comfortable ride.
The jewel in the new Triton’s crown certainly is its new-generation 2.4 litre turbo diesel engine. Its quick response at low revolutions, along with the improved aerodynamic design of the new Triton, drastically improves fuel consumption, responsiveness and acceleration.
The 6-speed manual and 5-speed automatic gearboxes contribute to a smooth and nimble driving experience similar to that of passenger cars.
This new light-weight engine produces 133kW and a whopping 430Nm of torque and is matched to a choice of two newly developed transmissions resulting in responsive acceleration performance. Numerous noise insulators, noise absorbing- and damping materials are applied in many parts of the body to further reduce NVH levels.
The top-of-the-range 4×4 double cab derivatives will offer Mitsubishi’s unique state-of-the-art Super Select II 4-wheel drive system, which is also used in the Pajero and Pajero Sport ranges. This system offers four types of driving modes including full-time 4WD and 2WD which improves cornering performance. Full-time 4WD provides better stability on wet and slippery roads and offers excellent safety at sudden changes in road conditions when torque gets distributed between the front and rear wheels to master changing road conditions.
The new Triton provides high levels of safety achieved through the liberal use of high-tensile steel and the introduction of various active safety technologies in the construction of the RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) body structure. Based on these improvements the new Triton was awarded a 5-star ANCAP safety rating in Australia.
Mitsubishi has also added the necessary high-end safety equipment to the Triton double cabs, including 7 airbags and ISOFIX mounting points for baby seats. All models are fitted with a collapsible steering wheel column, designed to retract in the event of an impact.
In order to help avoid collisions the new Triton is equipped with active safety technology such as ASTC (Active Stability & Traction Control), ASL (Adjustable speed Limiter) and TSC (Trailer Sway Control) mated to the ASTC-system.
The new Triton has not only built on the off-road capabilities of its Pajero and Pajero Sport siblings, but offers many of the same luxurious appointments. Ample storage space is available in the centre console and enough water bottle holders are available in the front and rear of the cabin.
In top specification, the new Triton offers cruise control, a keyless operating system, Dual Zone Auto Air-conditioning, a reverse camera mated to a touch-screen full-colour navigation system, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment and leather upholstery, to name but a few. A simple turning knob in the centre console allows for easy shifting between 2WD and 4WD modes.