The timing is good as the refreshed Ford Ranger has made an appearance while the new Hilux is on its way. This will be the fifth generation Mitsubishi bakkie and will hope to reach the heights that the legendary Colt achieved on the local scene. The one-ton bakkie segment is the biggest segment locally so any manufacturer that has a contender would do well to introduce their products here; we know our bakkies after all.
What Mitsubishi had to say:
“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),” said Wynand Pretorius, Chief Operations Officer, MMSA.
New exterior and interior
The current Triton model has always been a fairly awkward-looking vehicle we felt did not resonate well with our conservative market. Much like the new Hilux, the Triton has gone for a more sophisticated look; the vehicle looks bigger, more imposing, with a large front grille and more angular front lights, while in side profile it ditches that "isolated-cab" look for a more conventional profile while the rear looks sharper.
The vehicles are not in the country yet so to speculate on interior quality and ergonomics would be premature. However, Mitsubishi claim that the vehicle’s new design results in a larger cabin, with more shoulder space, while the seats have been designed to tackle longer journeys.The brand also claims that the model is better quality inside, with softer materials, more storage areas and multiple cup holders. The model will also feature dual zone climate control, a colour touch screen infotainment system with reverse camera, an electric driver’s seat and leather upholstery.
What’s powering the thing?
Perhaps the biggest talking point of the new model is the new engine from Mitsubishi; it is a 2.4-litre turbo-diesel, which will be mated to either a five-speed automatic or a six-speed manual gearbox. The unit produces 133kW/430Nm and officially announces the brand’s adoption of downsizing engines for emissions regulations. The motor is quite advanced too, with an aluminium cylinder block which lowers weight.
Will it be capable?
The 4x4 double cab models should be, with the Super Select II four-wheel-drive system used in the Pajero and Pajero Sport ranges. This system offers four types of driving modes including full-time 4WD and 2WD. Gone are the days of a gearlever for changing drivetrain modes, the new model now gets a knob in the centre console for shifting between modes.
The new Triton was awarded a five-star ANCAP safety rating in Australia, with seven airbags, Isofix mounting points, ASTC (Active Stability and Traction Control), ASL (Adjustable speed Limiter) and TSC (Trailer Sway Control) mated to the ASTC-system.