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Two years on – and a refreshed Mitsubishi Triton arrives in SA

  • 40 years on comes another Triton toughy
  • Luxury double-cab style, fussy front
  • Six-speed autobox, all-wheel drive
2019 MITSUBISHI TRITON: Image: Mitsubishi SA
2019 MITSUBISHI TRITON: Image: Mitsubishi SA

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – A restyled and re-equipped Mitsubishi Triton double-cab bakkie has arrived on the South African market  four decades after the first with, its maker says, ”a tough new look, enhanced exterior and interior features, and an all-new six-speed auto transmission.

Nic Campbell, Mitsubishi Motors SA’s general manager, told The Corner in a media release: ”The new – we think tough-looking – Triton is significantly more competitive and meets the diverse needs of bakkie customers around the world.

“Mitsubishi is celebrating its 40th year of building bakkies so the new Triton has a nmber of enhancements and refinements we believe make it even more durable for commercial use and giving leisure users comfort.”

2019 MITSUBISHI TRITON: Image: Mitsubishi SA
2019 MITSUBISHI TRITON: Image: Mitsubishi SA

Although most of the changes are invisible, the automaker says, the bakkie Triton will be immediately recognisable thanks to its bold and tough-looking new face. (The Corner, however thinks it is kind of fussy – Jeeps and Land Rovers, for instances, have a tough face.)

HIGHER HEADLIGHTS

A new transmission includes what the company says is a new all-wheel drive system ”with the the latest in active safety and driving assistance”.

The previous ”latest model” was launched, as reported on Carman’s Corner in January 2017 in South Africa.

Mitsubishi Motors’ CEO Osamu Masuko told the news media at the world launch: “This new model has enhanced the durability, reliability and comfort developed through the 40 years since the introduction of the series. I’m confident the new Triton will meet customers’diverse needs.”

2019 MITSUBISHI TRITON: Image: Mitsubishi SA
2019 MITSUBISHI TRITON: Image: Mitsubishi SA

The bakkies were launched in Gauteng this week (April 2 2019) with on- and off-road drives.

The angular nose has, the automaker says, a high bonnet-line and higher headlights while the bodyshell has sharp lines, flared wheel arches and bright accents .

SHADES OF DAKAR

Paint finishes include, among other shades, orange, white metallic, and grey metallic.

”The latest version of this descendant of the Dakar-conquering Pajeros,” Mitsubishi says, ”has earned a reputation over the years for being an unbreakable, tough, durable and reliable 4×4. Now it has had a major cabin comfort upgrade.”

This, it adds, has been helped by soft padding and bright stitching around the floor console, armrests and parking brake.

2019 MITSUBISHI TRITON: Image: Mitsubishi SA
2019 MITSUBISHI TRITON: Image: Mitsubishi SA

Mitsubishi listed some of the benefits…

  • Tilt/telescoping steering column
  • Multi-function, leather-wrapped steering-wheel bearing audio and cruise controls
  • Bluetooth with hands-free voice control
  • Touch-screen radio/CD and MP3 player with USB and accessory sockets and, as an option, Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
  • Dual-zone auto aircon and powered window lifts
  • Leather upholstery with power seat adjustment for the driver
  • Self-darkening rear-view mirror
2019 MITSUBISHI TRITON: Image: Mitsubishi SA
2019 MITSUBISHI TRITON: Image: Mitsubishi SA

The new Triton keeps the current model’s tough ladder-frame chassis and ”class-leading, advanced, active safety, and driving assistance systems – among them:

  • RISE (an abbreviation for a reinforced bodyshell)
  • Seven self-inflating crash cushion.
  • Side-impact anti-intrusion bars
  • Collapsible steering solumn
  • IsoFix child-seat anchors
  • Stability and traction control
  • Anti-lock brakes with electronic pressure distribution)
  • Hill -start assistance
  • Daytime running lights
  • Speed-sensing automatic locking
  • Rear-view camera
  • Push-button start
  • High-set brake lights
  • Larger rear shock-absorbers

POWER AND PERFORMANCE

The Triton combines Mitsubishi’s powerful ”tried-and-tested” 2.4-litre turbodiesel engine with either a six-speed auto or six-speed manual transmission. The unit is said to be capable of 133kW and 430Nm and Mitsubishi claims around 7.5 litres/100km is possible.

Bossman Campbell says: “One of the outstanding features of the new six-speed auto is its quiet and smooth operation in all modes. The manual versions retain the proven six-speed manual.”

2019 MITSUBISHI TRITON: Image: Mitsubishi SA
2019 MITSUBISHI TRITON: Image: Mitsubishi SA

The latest Triton also comes with electronic off-road assistance, gradient-descent control, and a rear differential lock. The bakkies are rated to tow (a braked) 3100kg.

SUPER-SELECT DRIVES ON

Continued – not surprisingly – is Mitsubishi’s latest version of its Super-Select II 4WD, which delivers optimum traction and handling over any given surface and improved off-road performance. Some of the spex are: Turning radius 5.9m, ground clearance 22cm; approach angle 28º; departure angle 23º; breakover angle 25º.

The latest version Super Select II 4WD specifically uses an off-road mode with the autobox: choice are GRAVEL, MUD/SNOW, SAND or ROCK (that last in low-range only) to control torque, transmission, and braking to regulate wheel-slip to maximise all-terrain performance and self-extraction from, for example, mud and snow.

READ MORE Mitsubishi features on Carman’s Corner

The 4H drive mode distributes torque 40:60 (front:rear) through a Torsen limited-slip device to handle slippery conditions such as gravel and wet roads; 4HLc (4WD High range with central differential locked) distributes torque equally between front and rear axles for traction on sand, dirt and snow; 4LLc (4WD low range with central diff locked) provides greater torque for extreme off-road.

Campbell again: “The new Triton is engineered to be tough and looks the part. We’re confident this upgraded version will build on the popularity of the original Triton and its 40 years of development.”

AND SO TO THE PRICES…

The 2019 “engineered beyond tough” range has four derivatives:

Triton 2.4L DI-DC M/T 4×2 – R509 995
riton 2.4L DI-DC A/T 4×2 – R529 995
Triton 2.4L DI-DC M/T 4×4 – R569 995
Triton 2.4L DI-DC A/T 4×4 – R589 995

…which are covered by a (whichever comes first) three-year or 100 000km and a five-year or 90 000 km service plan and five-years of unlimited-distance roadside assistance.

Service intervals: Every 10 000 km.

2019 MITSUBISHI TRITON: Image: Mitsubishi SA
2019 MITSUBISHI TRITON: …and finally the non-optional image of the 4×4 double-cab conquerig some unsuspecting water at a speed no self-respecting off-road driver would contemplate.  Image: Mitsubishi SA

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