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