- Mitsubishi Athlete sprints in as new Triton bakkie
- Two-tone body kit, bold orange and black leather
- Black powder-coated diamond-cut 17″ alloy rims
JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The new Mitsubishi Triton Athlete Special Edition has been based on the brand’s Triton double-cab 4×4 auto and is assembled for full import by Mitsubishi Thailand.
The Athlete is said to have improved crash-protection and specification levels thanks to seven crash-bags, IsoFix child-seat anchors and a 3.1-ton towing capacity. The bakkie can be identified by its sporty body kit and rather vivid matching orange and black upholstery.
As an introductory offer, the Athlete – despite all its extras – is being offered at the same retail price as the standard Triton Double-Cab 4×4 auto.
Mitsubishi says luxury, comfort, body style, performance and many other features work together to make the Athlete ideal for long road trips – along with car-like luxury, seven crash-protection bags, Isofix child-seat anchors, side-impact repulsion bars and a high-tensile steel shell.
Nic Campbell, Mitsubishi Motors SA’s general manager, told The Corner in a media communication: “The Triton Athlete caters for people with a ‘trendy’ lifestyle in support of the Pajero Sport – the two leading the Mitsubishi charge. The third prong of the trident will be the Eclipse Cross.”
The Athlete has bold orange and black cabin highlights and exterior design cues and is primarily intended for individuals and families with sporty outdoor lifestyles = perjhaps surfing, mountain-biking, paragliding, show-jumping and even motocross or off-road motorcycling.
The Athlete’s main colours are white and grey highlighted by orange and black exterior bling to identify the new flagship if the Trident double-cab range. It also has a towing capacity of 3.1 tons.
The bold exterior orange highlights and black mouldings are used on and for a new front bumper garnish, new black honeycomb grille and new front and rear bumpers and wheel arches.
Black powder-coated and diamond-cut 17″ alloy wheels continue the theme, with a sport bar and tailgate spoiler, dark grey / orange decals with black highlights on the side steps, exterior mirrors, door releases, rear bumper and tailgate.
The well-insulated cabin has two-tone black leather seats with orange inserts, orange stitching found on the seats, steering-wheel, gear-shifter, door panels and centre console. Ergonomic layout of the cabin results excellent cabin space, comfort and luxury and includes a 16.5cm touch-screen audio.
Given that it’s based on the international Triton Adventure X-development, the Athlete has bi-xenon headlights, daytime running lights, a multi-function steering-wheel, shift paddles for the five-speed auto transmission, an upgraded instrument display, a smart-key system with ignition button, and automatic dual-zone aircon.
Power comes from a 2.4-litre turbodiesel capable of 133kW at 3500rpm and 430Nm at 2500rpm, which dellivers to a five-speed auto.
Excellent axle articulation and all-wheel drive with (Mitsubishi says) class-leading approach angle of 28°, departure angle of 22° and break-over angle of 25° indicate excellent performance off-road.
PRICE AND WARRANTY
Launch price R559 995, equal to the listed retail price of the standard Triton 4×4 double-cab auto, and is immediately available from all Mitsubishi dealers. The bakkies will be delivered with a three-year or 100 000km manufacturer’s warranty and a five-year or 90 000km service plan. Service intervals 10 000km.