Mitsubishi South Africa has introduced the latest Triton model to South Africa in hopes to steal away some of the sales made by the already popular Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux.
What we like:
- Exterior design
- Off-road capabilities
What we don’t like:
- Soft steering
- Lack of parking sensors
The new Mitsubishi Triton has received a stunning new exterior, and although the 2.4L Diesel engine has been passed on from the previous model, you get a new 6-speed automated transmission giving you much better on-road refinement and a better fuel consumption. This model that we have on test is the 2.4TD 4×4 Auto Double Cab which will cost you around R589 995 and Mitsubishi claim that it is still R25 000 cheaper than the nearest competitor.
The main proposition for the Triton is value for money, and it makes sense when you have a look on the inside where you’ll notice not too much has changed from the outgoing model. You do have the addition of the touchscreen infotainment system that has been passed down from the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross that I tested a couple of months ago with the option to use navigation or connect to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The infotainment system works well and I don’t have any issues with it but it is rather lacking compared to the massive, higher quality nature of the SYNC3 system used in the Ford Ranger.
Other than that the interior is a comfortable space to be in and other features include a rear parking camera, a multifunctional steering wheel with cruise control, climate control, all-round electric windows, voice control as well as your Super Select dial for changing from 4×2 to 4×4(H/L).
This new Triton feels smooth on the road due to the fact that the rear dampers have increased in size and contain more damping fluid as a result, however the steering feels a bit indirect with a soft feel to it when you’re turning. The new automatic transmission feels quite refined and goes unnoticed if you leave it to its own devices, but there are massive paddle shifters should you wish to use (which I don’t recommend unless you’re on an off-road incline). As mentioned before, the 2.4L MIVEC Turbo-Diesel engine is passed down from the previous model which pushes out 133kW and 430Nm of torque with an average fuel consumption of 7.6L/100km.
When it comes to rough stuff the Triton boasts 220mm ground clearance with a 28 degree approach angle, 23 degree departure angle, 25 degree ramp break-over angle as well as a 3100kg towing capacity. You also get hill-start assist and an off-road mode. All of this means you have the confidence you need should you decide to take it off-road. I managed to take the Triton to an average off-roading location and I can report that it just glides over bumps while still being able to get you out of tight and boggy situations with ease. If the going starts to get really tough, you have a button which can lock the rear differential.
The Triton boasts a Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body construction, 7 airbags all-round, side impact protection bars, ISOFIX mounts as well as Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist Sytem (BAS), and speed sensing auto door lock.
If I’m honest I expected to struggle getting around town with the Triton’s massive size but to my surprise it was an absolute breeze. I didn’t really feel the true size of it on the road which is good because the maneuverability is better than I thought with an excellent turning circle as well. I have no doubt that this will be a worthy contender to the Ranger and Hilux, I just wish it had parking sensors!