Mitsubishi Motors South Africa welcomes the introduction of the completely redesigned Mitsubishi Triton. The 2017 model, the fifth in the Colt/Triton lineage, is the most advanced pick-up ever to be developed by Mitsubishi with its balanced combination of true SUV-like road manners with heavy-duty workhorse capabilities.
The all-new Triton arrives in South Africa after establishing itself as a customer favourite in markets such as Australia, Brazil, Europe and the Middle East. In South Africa, the range will be premiered by the Mitsubishi Triton 2.4 Di-DC MIVEC Double Cab.
Essence of Triton in a redesigned package
The new Mitsubishi Triton arrives on local shores after being comprehensively redesigned while retaining those highly-rated features that made previous models extremely popular.
“From the onset, the brief to designers and engineers was to maintain the essence of the Triton, but also to improve on aspects of ride, handling and comfort to create a truly SUV-like experience from behind the wheel. The team has certainly complied and has earned the new Triton the signature of Sport Utility Truck among owners, dealers and within the company,” says Nic Campbell, General Manager at Mitsubishi Motors South Africa.
Campbell explains that engineers have improved 185 key areas of the Triton, compared to its predecessor, ranging from deepening and reinforcing the loading bay, revising the shape of the bonnet for aerodynamic efficiency and refining the driving position for improved in-vehicle visibility and comfort.
Other famous elements such as the distinct J-line between the cabin and the load bay have been reworked for benchmark interior space. This is immediately apparent to all passengers, particularly those seated in the back of the double-cab models.
A dynamic Sport Utility Truck
The central design theme behind the new Triton was “athleticism”, which is evident in the exterior design of the new pick-up range.
The sculpted bonnet, bold grille and wrap-around headlights flow into a deep shoulder-line that connects to the new taillights and a curved tailgate that now facilitates effortless one-handed operation. The integrated brake light on the tailgate can’t be obscured like those on cab-mounted versions.
The design is further enhanced by the addition of chrome accents around the front driving lights, grille and flush-mounted door handles. Newly designed side steps and 17” alloy wheels with an eye-catching multi-spoke design, complete the striking series of updates.
Comfort and convenience
The combined engineering effort, which has radically improved the new Triton over its predecessor, is perhaps most evident inside the cabin, which was purposely shaped to mirror the same level of comfort and convenience as Mitsubishi’s range of SUV-models and iconic Pajero.
Getting in and out of the new Triton is not only much easier, but sitting behind the steering wheel feels more natural thanks to a commanding driver position offering improved visibility over the front of the vehicle. The driver has the benefit of a new dashboard with easy-to-clean surfaces chosen for practicality. Range-specific features on the new model include an intuitive touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity and USB audio input as well as the keyless push-button Stop/Start system.
The driver is made to feel at home thanks to cruise control, dual-zone auto air-conditioning, a reverse camera, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment and leather upholstery, to name but a few of the standard creature comforts.
The cabin itself has been stretched by 20mm to 1,745mm to further improve cabin space, while shoulder room ‒ both front and rear ‒ has been improved. Subtle changes include redesigned seats offering additional bolstering and higher density foam for more comfortable long distance driving.
Mitsubishi’s engineers have fully utilised the J-line design with numerous benefits unique to Triton. The double-cab’s rear bench is angled by a class-leading 25 degrees. This not only adds additional leg and shoulder space, but mitigates the typical upright position that is synonymous with double-cab pick-ups. To round off the impressive cabin, Mitsubishi’s engineers have added thicker sound deadening material to the engine firewall and under the floor.
Responsive all-new 2.4 DOHC MIVEC engine
The Mitsubishi Triton is fitted with a next-generation aluminium block four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine. The new engine offers the ideal combination of a fast spooling turbocharger with an unconventionally low compression ratio of 15.5:1 which aids responsive torque delivery at low engine speeds.
The 2.4 MIVEC engine features an all-aluminium cylinder block construction with reinforced steel piston sleeves for durability and an integrated common rail direct injection system. This engine weighs 30 kg less than its predecessor, instilling Triton with nimbler and safer handling.
This new free-revving engine delivers significantly more power and drastically less vibration thanks to new mounting points on the chassis. Power delivery is rated at 133 kW at 3 500 rpm with torque peaking at 430 Nm at 2 500 rpm. Fuel consumption is rated at 7.6 litres per 100 km in a combined cycle.
The new 2.4 MIVEC turbo-diesel delivers power to the rear (2H), or all wheels (4H if 4×4) through the choice of a shorter-shifting six-speed manual gearbox, or a five-speed automatic transmission.
Easy to drive under all conditions
To complement the reduced weight of the engine, Triton owes its better road manners to revised stabiliser bars, stiffer front springs and significantly larger rubber body mountings on the ladder frame chassis.
The overall combination can be experienced by less body roll and pitching – unwanted tendencies usually associated with a heavy nose and empty load bin. Once again, the J-line allowed engineers to shorten the wheelbase which leads to crisper manoeuvrability.
Further handling gains can be attributed to the Hydraulic Power Steering system that is more direct at 3.8 turns lock-to-lock (as opposed to the 4.3 turns of its predecessor), tightening the cornering radius to 5.9 metres for unsurpassed performance during technical off-road driving.
Dynamic and passive safety systems
The new Mitsubishi Triton Double Cab GLS Exceed achieved a full five-star safety rating in the Australian NCAP safety performance test. The foundations of this high safety rating have been laid in the engineering and manufacturing of the new Triton with large quantities of high-strength steel in its safety cell as partner to Mitsubishi’s patented Reinforced Safety Evolution (RISE) technology. This is coupled to features such as a fully collapsible steering column and additional side-impact bars in the doors.
A range of dynamic safety systems are available on the Triton. On the double-cab versions, Mitsubishi engineers have added its proprietary ASTC (Active Stability and Traction Control) system, which modulates both braking and engine power to maintain the chosen driving line in slippery conditions. The range comes standard with ABS and EBD as well as Hill Start Assist (HSA).
Off-road driving with Mitsubishi’s Super-Select II 4WD system
One of the truly decisive features available on the latest Mitsubishi Triton is the manufacturer’s cutting-edge version of the renowned Super-Select II four-wheel drive system. Seen first in the latest iteration of the Mitsubishi Pajero, the Super-Select II system offers the driver the choice of four distinct driving modes from a console-mounted selector.
By adopting a 40:60 power split instead of the old-fashioned 50:50 configuration, the Triton maintains a set of road dynamics usually associated with a smaller all-wheel drive car. Although the advantages of this setup are broad, its gravel road prowess is perhaps most noteworthy.
“Many offroad-enabled vehicles offer the option of 4×2, 4×4 and 4×4 low range when selecting a mode for your current driving conditions. With Super-Select II, the driver is given the option of a high-speed 4×4 driving mode where the power delivery between the front and rear wheels is distributed in such a way to make gravel and wet road travelling safer,” says Campbell.
All 4×4 double-cab models offer 215mm ground clearance and despite its inherently sporty profile, Triton boasts a class-leading approach angle of 28 degrees and a departure angle of 22 degrees. The break-over angle is 25 degrees.
Double-cab models to kick-start local sales
Four double-cab models in 4×2 or 4×4 configuration and with the option of a six- speed manual or five-speed automatic gearbox, will be available for sale immediately.
Campbell concludes: “Mitsubishi Motors South Africa has decided to introduce the highly popular double-cab derivatives first before the range will be extended with different body styles.”
The new Triton Double Cab enters the market with a starting price of R479 900 and all models are introduced with a 5-year/90 000km service plan and
3-year/100 000km manufacturer’s warranty.