‘Athletic’ new Triton builds on Pajero’s reputation

  • Tougher Triton joins Mitsubishi SA range
  • Improved 4×4 in ‘most advanced pick-up’
  • Comfort ‘uprated to Pajero standards’

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2017 MITSUBISHI TRITON: More cabin space, lighter engine, even better all-wheel drive. Image: Mitsubishi SA / Quickpic

A “COMPLETELY REDESIGNED” Mitsubishi Triton bakkie has just arrived in South Africa, the fifth in the Colt/Triton lineage and claiming to be the most advanced pick-up yet developed by the automaker.

The bakkie is already available in Australia, Brazil, Europe and the Middle East. In South Africa the first model to arrive is the Mitsubishi Triton 2.4 Di-DC MIVEC double cab.

Nic Campbell, Mitsubishi Motors SA’s general manager, told The Corner in a media release: “The brief to designers and engineers was ‘maintain the essence of the Triton!’ while also improving ride, handling and comfort.

2017 MITSUBISHI TRITON: More cabin space, lighter engine, even better all-wheel drive. Image: Mitsubishi SA / Quickpic
2017 MITSUBISHI TRITON: More cabin space, lighter engine, even better all-wheel drive. Image: Mitsubishi SA / Quickpic

“The team has complied and earned the new Triton the signature of ‘sport utility truck’ among owners, dealers and within the company.”

Campbell says 185 key parts of the Triton have been improved, among them a deeper and stronger load bed, better aerodynamics and refining the driving position.

“The central design theme behind the new Triton,” Mitsubishi says, “is ‘athleticism’ through a sculpted bonnet, bold grille and wraparound headlights flowing into a deep shoulder-line that connects to the new tail lights, and a curved tailgate that can be operated one-handed.”

Chromed accents have been added to the headlights, grille and door releases. The side steps have been redesigned and multi-spoked 17″ alloy wheel rims introduced.

The cabin, Mitsubishi says, has the same level of comfort and convenience as the brand’s SUV units, including the Pajero.

Range-specific features include a touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity and USB audio input, push-button start/stop cruise control, dual-zone auto aircon, reversing camera, power-adjustable driving seat, tilt/telescopic steering-wheel adjustment and leather upholstery.

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The cabin has been stretched by 20mm to 1.75m, shoulder-room expanded, the seats have been redesigned with bigger bolsters and denser foam and more sound insulation has been added to the firewall and floor.

2017 MITSUBISHI TRITON: More cabin space, lighter engine, even better all-wheel drive. Image: Mitsubishi SA / Quickpic
2017 MITSUBISHI TRITON: More cabin space, lighter engine, even better all-wheel drive. Image: Mitsubishi SA / Quickpic

The new Triton has a new 2.4-litre aluminium four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that is 30kg lighter than its predecessor and delivers 133kW at 3500rpm and 430Nm at 2500rpm to the rear or all four wheels, depending on model, through a six-speed manual or five-speed auto transmission.

Fuel consumption is listed as 7.6 litres/100km.

The Triton also has revised stabiliser bars, stiffer front springs and significantly larger rubber body mounts on the ladder frame chassis. The result, Mitsubishi says, is less roll and pitching – “something usually associated with a heavy nose and empty load bed”.

2017 MITSUBISHI TRITON: More cabin space, lighter engine, even better all-wheel drive. Image: Mitsubishi SA / Quickpic
2017 MITSUBISHI TRITON: More cabin space, lighter engine, even better all-wheel drive. Image: Mitsubishi SA / Quickpic

The new Triton Double Cab GLS Exceed achieved a five-star safety rating in Australia. Double-cab versions have stability and traction control.

The bakkies’ Super-Select II all-wheel drive, launched with the current Pajero, has four driving modes from a console-mounted selector. For instance, by adopting a 40:60 power split instead of 50:50 the Triton, its maker says, “maintains a set of road dynamics usually associated with a smaller all-wheel drive car” with “noteworthy gravel road prowess”.

FIRST MODELS ARE DOUBLE-CABS

All 4×4 double-cab units have 215mm ground clearance and “a class-leading” approach angle of 28 degrees and a departure angle of 22 degrees. Break-over angle is 25 degrees.

The first Tritons to reach South Africa will be 4×2 or 4×4 double-cabs, manual or auto.

Prices (see below) will start at R479 900. All units will have a five-year or 90 000km service plan and three-year or 100 000km warranty.

2017 MITSUBISHI TRITON: More cabin space, lighter engine, even better all-wheel drive. Image: Mitsubishi SA / Quickpic
2017 MITSUBISHI TRITON: More cabin space, lighter engine, even better all-wheel drive. Image: Mitsubishi SA / Quickpic

Initial range and prices:

Mitsubishi Triton 2.4 Di-D 4×2 (man) – R479 900
Mitsubishi Triton 2.4 Di-D 4×2 (auto) – R499 900
Mitsubishi Triton 2.4 Di-D 4×4 (man) – R539 900
Mitsubishi Triton 2.4 Di-D 4×4 (auto) – R559 900

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