The new look Mitsubishi Triton arrived in January 2019 and it is a complete overhaul of the old model. It also has a new auto transmission and safety features.
Most Tritons are four-door, five-seat Double Cabs. However, Single Cabs (with two doors and two seats) are also offered. Sitting in between is the Club Cab model that has two folding seats in the rear of its stretched single cabin which is accessed via the small rear-hinged doors that open only if the front doors are open.
Most Tritons come with part-time, dual-range four-wheel drive: on sealed roads they drive the rear wheels only, but you can select 4WD for slippery unsealed roads and tracks. The more expensive GLS Tritons (ones we drove) have a more sophisticated system that retains every advantage of the part-time version but allows you to use 4WD all the time.
All Double Cab Tritons are powered by a 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel. It is a decent step forward for the manufacture and performs well for its relatively small capacity. It feels smooth and refined and never seemed to be stressed. At 133kW and 430Nm outputs are still decent, though peak torque arrives at a highish (for a workhorse) 2500rpm, meaning there’s a moment of hesitation from the engine before it hits its stride
Fuel economy is decent with around 9.6 litres per 100km in the automatic 4WD double-cabs that we drove. It all depends on how you drive and if you are heading off road.
Both six-speed manual and six-speed automatic gearboxes are used with the diesel and the auto box is very well suited to the 2.4 engine. The shifts are smooth and well-timed and is one of the better autos on the market.
When looking at how it drives you can only compare it to other utes. They are never going to be race cars……… but the Triton does drive and handle better than a few other makes. Being lighter is a helping hand and with the direct steering that is often not coming in utes does give it a bit more of a sporty feel. This makes it better to drive overall.
Tritons are also good off-road when you want to go four-wheel-driving. One downsize is the rear overhang so it is something you need to be aware of when giving a climb or decent a go. The Triton GLX+, GLS and GLS Premium versions are equipped with a rear differential lock which makes them more capable in difficult going.
Towing capacity at 3100kg is behind the pack with most utes laying claim to 3500kg capacities, though a payload of 900kg is on the money for high-spec dual-cabs. The Triton also claims a GCM of 5885kg, meaning it’s possible for the 2000kg kerb weight GLS to carry almost its entire payload and tow capacity legally.
No variants of the updated Triton range feature built-in satellite navigation, instead relying on a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility and pre-loaded with AM/FM/DAB+ radio, Bluetooth connectivity, HDMI and USB inputs, and six-speaker audio.
The Triton has a bucket load of safety features and is also one of the few utes with autonomous emergency braking including pedestrian detection and is the only ute to feature a Mitsubishi-developed system called Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation, which can limit throttle inputs at speeds below 10km/h if its sensors detect nearby objects.
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The Mitsubishi Triton has always been on the back foot of the ute market in Australia. But finally they have drawn par and also exceeded other utes on the sales floor. It drives well and now the looks have been upgraded, it looks good.
The dual cabs have everything needed to enjoy spending time in the driver’s seat on weekends and to be used as a work horse during the week. Try the Triton if a ute is what you are looking for. It just might surprise you.
GLX Double Cab Pick Up 4WD Auto – $38,490 (Check local dealers for pricing)
GLS Premium 4WD Double Cab Pick Up Auto – $50,290 (Check local dealers for pricing)