Twin-cab takes off

Dual-cab utes are the lat­est must-have for ad­ven­tur­ous fam­i­lies, writes STEPHEN OTTLEY

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SUM­MER is fast ap­proach­ing, which makes it the per­fect time for the Na­tional 4x4 Show, Fish­ing Show and Out­doors Expo.

Mit­subishi’s new Tri­ton Fast­back will be one of the star at­trac­tions as fam­i­lies be­gin plan­ning sum­mer hol­i­days.

The 4x4 Show will be the first chance Mel­bur­ni­ans have to see the new­est ad­di­tion to the Tri­ton range be­fore it goes on sale next month.

The wraps only came off the car this week at the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show in Syd­ney.

The 4x4 Show will be held at the Mel­bourne Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre from Oc­to­ber 23-26.

Ac­cord­ing to show boss Chris Hill, dual-cab utes are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar as fam­i­lies move away from tra­di­tional choices.

‘‘Dual-cab utes are fast be­com­ing the fam­ily car of choice in Aus­tralia and the Tri­ton range is one of the most pop­u­lar on of­fer, so it’s great that the Tri­ton Fast­back will make a spe­cial ap­pear­ance at the show be­fore its of­fi­cial prod­uct launch,’’ Hill says.

‘‘I know many peo­ple come to the show to look at the lat­est ve­hi­cles that al­low them to go off the beaten track in com­fort and from what I’ve heard and read so far, I know the Tri­ton is sure to be pop­u­lar.’’

Join­ing Mit­subishi at the show will be cars from Holden and Hyundai. Nis­san will dis­play its new tur­bod­iesel X-Trail.

Sales of off-road­ers and dual-cab utes re­main steady and Hill says the show will be a one-stop shop for peo­ple in­ter­ested in off-road driv­ing, fish­ing or camp­ing.

‘‘Ev­ery­thing you need to make your next trip the ad­ven­ture of a life­time will be at this year’s show. The show will have ev­ery­thing from four-wheel-drive man­u­fac­tur­ers and ac­ces­sories, camper trail­ers and equip­ment, along with fish­ing gear, boats and tin­nies.’’

For the first time there will be a demon­stra­tion track so show vis­i­tors can put the cars through their paces.

The Ragged Edge crew is stag­ing the Ex­treme Off-Road Spec­tac­u­lar in­doors. Th­ese all-ter­rain ve­hi­cles are built in-house and have V8 Chevro­let en­gines, 44-inch tyres, four-wheel steer­ing, and front and rear man­ual diff locks.

Off-road and on show: the wraps have just come off the new Tri­ton Fast­back.

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