MITSUBISHI SOUTH AFRICA has given the Triton a new engine, face and more standard features. This upgrade follows a recent overhaul of the Pajero Sport range.
The range kicks off with the workhorse single-cab bakkies, which will continue to use the proven 2.4-litre petrol engine that develops 97kW and 202Nm of torque.
There are three single-cab variants - GL and GLX guises with the 2.4 petrol and a GLX with a new 2.5-litre diesel powertrain.
It’s quite clear on the inside what the single cabs were built for. To cope with the hardships of a workhorse lifestyle, the seats are trimmed in vinyl, but you do get two airbags as standard. The higher-spec models have air conditioning, electric windows and central locking.
The single cabs have a carrying capacity of 1 000kg and an enormous load bay that’s 2 220mm long, 1 750mm wide and 405mm deep.
The ClubCab is now only available as a diesel, but has received a few major specification upgrades. This includes Bluetooth, audio and phone controls on the steering wheel as well as voice-activated phone control. The ClubCab now also comes in a variant with optional rear seats.
The Triton 4x4 single cab’s 3.2-litre turbo-diesel has been replaced by a smaller 2.5-litre unit. Power does, however, go up from 120kW to 131kW with a 17% increase in torque (from 343Nm to 400Nm).
The 4x4 system has also been upgraded on the double-cab model. It now has alockable centre differential combined with Mitsubishi’s legendary shift-on-the-fly system. This allows the driver to change from standard 4x2 mode (for fuel economy) to 4H without a locked differential at speeds of up to 100km/h. This complements the locking rear differential and low range for go-anywhere capability.
The double cab is further distinguished by 17-inch alloy wheels while other models have to make do with 16-inch jobbies. Towing capability has been increased to 1 500kg with a braked trailer.
Some of the new luxury features on the double cab include single-zone climate control, indicator repeaters in the side mirrors, upgraded alloy wheels, front disc brakes and drums at the rear. Style-wise, you get a new front bumper and grille with colour-coded wheel arches.
The upgrades to the interior are more extensive. The Triton double cab is fitted with leather seats, climate control, three-spoke leather steering wheel with switches for the audio system, cruise control and Bluetooth. The Mitsubishi Link system, which allows voice control, is also standard. This complements the multi-information display, which shows altitude, temperature, fuel consumption and range. A compass is also included.
The load capacity of the double cab is still 1 000kg on a load box measuring 1 352mm in length, 1 470mm in width and a depth of 860mm.
All Mitsubishi Tritons are covered by a 3-year/100 000km warranty, with a service plan depending on the model you choose.