Ri­valry sharp­ens prices

Herald Sun - Motoring - - SHOWROOM - RICHARD BLACK­BURN richard.black­burn@news.com.au

COM­PE­TI­TION sharp­ens the pen­cils and the re­cent ar­rivals of new pick-ups and fam­ily four-wheel-drives have prompted ri­vals with older mod­els to cut prices.

Mit­subishi Tri­ton GLX Dou­ble Cab 4WD diesel $36,990 drive-away

A new Tri­ton ar­rived in April and won our three-ute com­par­i­son against the new Nis­san Navara and ageing Volk­swa­gen Amarok, mainly on value for money.

Now the value equa­tion is even bet­ter, as the com­pany re­acts to the ar­rival of the Ford Ranger, Mazda BT-50 and Toy­ota HiLux.

The GLX is roughly $4000 off at $36,990 drive-away and the deal in­cludes free al­loy wheels and re­vers­ing cam­era. Mit­subishi is also dis­count­ing the Tri­ton GLS dou­ble cab, which is $39,990 drive-away, a sav­ing of roughly $5000.

A good, hon­est work­horse, the Tri­ton is backed by Mit­subishi’s fiveyear/100,000km war­ranty.

It may not have the driv­ing man­ners or up-mar­ket in­te­rior of a Ranger, but it does the job for thou­sands less.

Mean­while, the Chal­lenger 4WD re­mains at $33,990, roughly $12,000 off the nor­mal price — and thou­sands cheaper than Ford’s new Ever­est and Toy­ota’s new For­tuner.

Isuzu MU-X LS-T

Auto 4WD $50,990 drive-away

The gen­uine, no-frills of­froader has been a sur­pris­ing suc­cess in the large 4WD mar­ket, out­selling sim­i­lar mod­els from more es­tab­lished car brands such as Holden and Mit­subishi.

With the Ford Ever­est and Toy­ota For­tuner now in­vad­ing its turf, Isuzu is fight­ing back with a “Great Aussie Road Trip Sale” that brings the top-spec MU-X 4WD down to $50,990 drive-away, roughly $7000 off the reg­u­lar price.

The MU-X may be based on agri­cul­tural un­der­pin­nings but it has plenty of good­ies you won’t find in sim­i­larly priced mod­els from its lat­est ri­vals.

Stan­dard fea­tures in­clude leather-ap­pointed seats, sat­nav and 17-inch al­loys.

For buy­ers who want seven seats but don’t need off-road abil­ity, the MU-X 2WD range starts at $36,990 drive-away for the diesel auto, about $7000 off full price.

Holden Colorado LTZ

$47,990 drive-away

Shar­ing its un­der­pin­nings with the MU-X, the Colorado hasn’t been as suc­cess­ful in the show­room, achiev­ing fewer than half the sales of the Isuzu.

That trans­lates into even sharper pric­ing for the Holden. The top-spec LTZ is $47,990 drive-away, about $7500 off the nor­mal price, with free ser­vic­ing un­til 2020.

The Holden gets leather­ap­pointed seats, 18-inch al­loys, rear-view cam­era, side steps and cli­mate con­trol air­con.

If the LTZ is a bit rich for the bud­get, the LT Colorado is $43,990 drive-away, about $8000 off full price, with the same five years of free ser­vic­ing.

There is also dis­count­ing on the Colorado ute. The LS 4WD Crew Cab man­ual is $36,990 drive-away. Auto adds $1000.

Tough ri­vals: Mit­subishi Tri­ton GLX dual cab (left), Isuzu MU-X LS-T and Holden Colorado LTZ

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