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Un­beat­able on value, the Tri­ton de­liv­ers more than it prom­ises

Farms & Farm Machinery - - Ute Review: Mitsubishi Triton -

Mit­subishi’s Tri­ton is the big mover at the pointy end of the 4WD ute sales chart de­spite re­main­ing in third place over­all and still a long way be­hind the two run­away lead­ers in Hilux and Ranger.

Still, Tri­ton sales are up nearly 20 per cent with­out Mit­subishi do­ing much more than a mild tweak of the model line-up, which among other changes has seen the in­tro­duc­tion of the Black­line dual cab. The Tri­ton sales suc­cess has much to do with its sharp pric­ing and Mit­subishi’s on­go­ing fac­tory dis­count­ing with drive­away prices on the pop­u­lar dual-cab vari­ants sit­ting well be­low the other main­stream utes and bet­tered only by the In­dian and Chi­nese of­fer­ings. Dual cabs make up 11,570 of the 12,127 Tri­ton 4WDs sold (so more than 95 per cent) while au­to­mat­ics make up 73 per cent of all 4WD sales.

The Tri­ton stands out amongst the cur­rent crop of 4WD utes in a num­ber of ways. One is the full-time 4WD sys­tem of GLS and Ex­ceed mod­els thanks to Mit­subishi’s ‘Su­per Se­lect’ sys­tem. Most utes have less so­phis­ti­cated part-time 4WD.

Full-time 4WD adds greatly to the Tri­ton’s func­tion­al­ity, drive­abil­ity and safety un­der most driv­ing con­di­tions and stands the Tri­ton apart from all its com­peti­tors bar the Amarok. Su­per Se­lect also has a 2WD mode, so it’s dif­fer­ent again from a con­ven­tional full-time sys­tem.

Un­for­tu­nately, Su­per Se­lect doesn’t make the Tri­ton a gun off-road ute but that’s all to do with its mod­est sus­pen­sion travel and ground clear­ance and noth­ing to do with the Su­per Se­lect sys­tem. The Tri­ton is also a small ute by class stan­dards in cabin size, pay­loads and tow­ing ca­pac­ity. The fact that most of the tray of the dual-cab mod­els over­hangs the rear axle is also a neg­a­tive when it comes to car­ry­ing or tow­ing heavy loads, although the 2.4-litre diesel holds up its end even if the chas­sis lay­out isn’t ideal.

One pos­i­tive here is that the Tri­ton is more ma­noeu­vrable than the oth­ers in its class thanks to its rel­a­tively short wheel­base, and also has sporty feel to the way it steers and han­dles thanks in part to also be­ing lighter than most com­peti­tors.

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