War­rior tough work­horse

The lat­est Tri­ton gets ex­tra safety and con­ve­nience fea­tures but looks much the same, PETER BARN­WELL writes

Geelong Advertiser - Motoring - - CARSGUIDE -

MIT­SUBISHI’S Tri­ton ute has been around since Adam was a boy and is set to con­tinue for a while yet.

It’s com­mon for car­mak­ers to re­ally string out their utes for up to twice as long as pas­sen­ger cars. But in­creas­ing com­pe­ti­tion is forc­ing Mit­subishi to sweeten the Tri­ton deal to main­tain its strong sales mo­men­tum.

It’s come up with the GLX-R War­rior lim­ited edi­tion model – a dual cab, 4x4, turbo diesel, along with some across-the - board mi­nor up­grades to the strik­ingly styled work­horse.

The lat­est Tri­ton gets ad­di­tional safety and con­ve­nience fea­tures but looks pretty much the same as be­fore.

EX­TRA KIT

The “new” GLX-R War­rior man­ual is $43,990 drive-away (five-speed auto adds $2000 and has a range of ex­tra tech­nol­ogy and com­fort fea­tures, in­clud­ing dif­fer­en­tial lock, Mit­subishi’s ad­vanced Multi Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Sys­tem with USB in­put, voice recog­ni­tion and Blue­tooth iPhone and iPod con­nec­tiv­ity, eight-speaker au­dio sys­tem and power am­pli­fier, black leather seat trim and six-way power ad­justable driver’s seat. But no re­vers­ing cam­era.

And it’s a long beasty – one of the long­est utes, if not the long­est ute in the one-ton­ner class. That’s be­cause Mit­subishi bolted a long tray onto the back a few years back in re­sponse to re­quests from own­ers.

EN­HANCE­MENTS

War­rior’s ex­te­rior look is en­hanced with an al­loy front nudge bar, flush fit vinyl ton­neau cover and War­rior de­cal on the front doors.

Spec gains to the en­tire Tri­ton range in­clude up­graded au­dio with Blue­tooth with voice recog­ni­tion (ir­ri­tat­ing to use) and steer­ing wheel-mounted au­dio con­trols on GL and GLX mod­els.

EN­GINE

Per­for­mance from the 2.5litre turbo diesel four-cylin­der en­gine is good as is fuel econ­omy hov­er­ing around the 9.5-litres/100km mark. It takes a bit to get off the line, though, due to the weight of the ve­hi­cle.

The en­gine has a vari­able ge­om­e­try turbo fit­ted for ef­fi­ciency that helps pro­duce 131kW/400Nm in the man­ual, 350Nm in the auto tested.

FOURBIE

As the top of the range Tri­ton, the War­rior score Mit­subishi’s full time 4x4 sys­tem with four drive modes in­clud­ing a selectable crawler low range with locked dif­fer­en­tial for re­ally tough go­ing. It also al­lows shifts from 2WD to 4WD at speeds up to 100km/h.

In prac­ti­cal terms, the Tri­ton of­fers plenty in­clud­ing that large load tray. It can tow up to 3000kg (braked) and plenty of room is pro­vided in­side for four or five pas­sen­gers.

The War­rior scores a leather in­te­rior which is great but a tad im­prac­ti­cal. The pre­mium au­dio is im­pres­sive and mul­ti­ple con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions are pro­vided. Com­pre­hen­sive ve­hi­cle in­for­ma­tion is pro­vided on the large cen­tre screen.

DRIV­ING

Ride is com­fort­able even with a load on board and the War­rior is handy on the free­way, around town or off the beaten track. It will go vir­tu­ally any­where off-road.

A set of 17-inch al­loys is fit­ted but we shake our head at the small disc brakes, won­der­ing how they cope.

VER­DICT

It’s a big truck and we reckon not all that pretty. But if you need some­thing this size for fam­ily and work du­ties Tri­ton GLX-R War­rior has few real com­peti­tors.

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