The latest iteration of the Mitsubishi Triton comes with a new look – its new front grille creates a very imposing presence with the Mitsubishi logo displayed prominently on the chrome. The grille is flanked by some LED daytime running lights and high intensity discharge headlamps. In addition, the Triton has been smoothed over too, with its front bumper coming more rounded and the roof trailing edge rounding off and tapering towards the back for more aerodynamic capability.
The Triton comes quite well stocked even with the standard model specifications. In terms of connectivity, you get voice control with Bluetooth hands-free sets and audio streaming. The sat nav system and audio system upgrades come with Exceed models and up. At the same time, you get active stability and traction control, as well as emergency stop signal function. In addition, there is a brake override system, and all the necessary airbags, as well as pre-tensioners and force limiters installed on the seat belts. So it’s no wonder that the Triton bags all 5 stars on the ANCAP safety rating.
And you’ll be happy with its pulling power too. With a potential for towing capacity up to 3100kg on both the 4×4 models.
The Triton was designed to be a real work horse and depending on what you’re looking for in a car, that could work for or against you. Speed is not a priority in this car but the it is engineered to make sure that it can maintain a pretty good pace even while it’s pulling a heavy load. In particular, the Triton engine is engineered to power up an extra 25% torque when it hits 1500rpm, so that you can maintain speed when revving hard to pull. At the same time, the design of the vehicle gives you a low drag co-efficient so that it feels stable, even when you’re travelling fast and you’ll be surprised that it gives you a pretty decent fuel consumption at 7.6L/100km and a low count on carbon dioxide emissions at 201g/km.
We found that the weight distribution gave us much better dynamics than the previous versions and that gave us a pretty smooth drive even when we had different loads in the back. The extra reinforcement in the rear sub frame helps with that since the suspension has a more solid base to rely on. The resulting ride is much more comfortable than you would expect from a big truck like the Triton.
The Triton has a pretty rugged interior, but because the materials are of a tactile quality, we’re quite impressed by the upmarket feeling that we get when we step in. The chrome trim is a nice touch too and it complements the new instrumentation layout right down to the centre console and door trim. In addition, with a nice high seat, you get excellent vision all around if you can ignore reflections of the chrome off your window.
But at the same time, passengers will get quite a fair amount of space in the cabin too. The tilt-and-reach adjustable wheel helps give the driver a bit more option to get comfy, in addition to the 6-way adjustable seats. There are a few token storage cubbies sprinkled throughout the vehicle – but in comparison to other vehicles of the class, we could really do with more.
You’ll be happy with the new look of the Triton, and the vehicle is perfect for helping you work thanks to its excellent pulling capacity and decent power on the road. The safety of the car is commendable, but you might want to think twice if you have a large family because it can get a bit squeezy in there!