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Mitsubishi Triton joins the big bakkie dust-up


WHAT makes a good bakkie? In recent years, people’s needs and perceptions around bakkies have changed. Gone are the days where they were only welcomed on the farm or as workhorses for companies.

Nowadays people want their bakkies to offer sedan-like qualities without losing any of its functionality.

There’s been a massive shift forward as these vehicles have become more and more like family friends and thus the competition has gotten stiff.

I recently spent a week behind the wheel of the newly tweaked Mitsubishi Triton double cab that has been upgraded in the engine and styling departments.

It’s all about lifestyle when it comes to this bakkie, with a focus on pricing too as Mitsubishi are aggressively trying to grow its market share.

It might not be the ultimate beauty, but with designer lines and a comfortable interior, I easily got used to living with the Triton on a day-to-day basis.

Utilising the new 2.5-litre turbo-diesel engine, it offers the driver 131kW of power and 400Nm of torque at the press of the accelerator pedal.

But probably the highlight of this upgraded Triton is the cabin, which now propels this double cab into the spotlight to share the stage with the likes of the Amarok, Ranger and Hilux with its leather seats, climate control and other creature comforts.

The new upgrades shine a whole new light on this vehicle and the smart price positioning means it’s worth a glance at the dealership. I spent a week with it and instead of being a rugged farm boy, it did serve me with elegance and grace.

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