Rugged Triton has a softer side
Mitsubishi has an honest performer in its fleet in the form of the Triton, a hard- working performer that can go anywhere into the rough stuff but morph into a comfortable vehicle as it passes into the city limits.
In the case of the Triton, rugged and reliable does not mean uncomfortable. Without being too flashy, Mitsubishi has loaded the Triton with comfort features that will make any journey enjoyable.
A test drive in the Triton GLX-R double cab auto, a vehicle that sits in the middle of the range, brings out all the features that have kept the Triton pulling its weight both literally and figuratively in the Mitsubishi fleet.
The 2.4 litre turbo diesel engine is right up to the job with 135kW of power @ 3500rpm, 437Nm of torque at 2500rpm and towing capacity of 3100kg with a 980kg payload. Trailer stability assist keeps any size load steady. Fuel consumption is between 7.2 and 7.6 litre/100km.
The auto version has a five-speed transmission. A six-speed manual is also available.
The GLX-R has an “easy select” transmission that enables you to change from 2WD to 4H at 100kmh if you are moving from tar seal to a metal road. There is also a 4WD L mode for off-road work.
There is peace of mind in a five-star safety system. Every Triton model uses active stability control, combined with multi-mode ABS brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, which can compensate for rough or slippery surfaces.
Emergency stop signals activate at speeds of more than 55kmh and a speed limiter can let you avoid traffic fines.
Mitsubishi has added a reversing camera to all Triton wellside models.
All Tritons feature well-sprung, supportive bucket seats. The driver has fingertip control of the audio system, cruise control and hands-free Bluetooth from the steering wheel.
The DNA of regularly competing in the gruelling Paris-Dakar rally runs right through the rugged Triton.
Mitsubishi is obviously confident of that automotive stamina. The entire drive train is covered for 10 years or 160,000km with a five-year new vehicle warranty and five-year premium roadside assist.
Solid, reliable and value for money at $33,995 plus GST, the Triton GLX-R ticks all the boxes in the ute world and then adds some.