Lat­est Tri­ton built for hard work

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Motoring - Derek Og­den

■ In the words of for­mer fed­eral trea­surer Joe Hockey, the facelifted Mit­subishi Tri­ton is a lifter, not a leaner.

The Mit­subishi work­horse has been loaded up with kit and com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle char­ac­ter­is­tics, all of which it car­ries off with aplomb; no drag­ging the feet here.

The fifth-gen­er­a­tion Tri­ton comes in two-wheel or four-wheel drive vari­ants in three spec­i­fi­ca­tion lev­els — GLX, which is aimed at the tra­di­tional light com­mer­cial buyer look­ing for a ver­sa­tile work­ing ve­hi­cle; the mid-range GLS; and the top-spec Ex­ceed, which up the ante with tech­nol­ogy, lux­ury and con­ve­nience fea­tures.

The GLX sin­gle-cab chas­sis man­ual opens the pric­ing at $24,490, while the range is topped off with the Ex­ceed 4x4 au­to­matic Dou­ble Cab Pick-Up for $47,490.

The 2016 Tri­ton has dis­pensed with what some had called an in­con­se­quen­tial nose and re­placed it with a gi­gan­tic front grille with the Mit­subishi logo look­ing very dom­i­nant.

The grille has a bright chrome fin­ish, while there are high in­ten­sity dis­charge head­lamps and LED day­time-run­ning lights on the GLS and the Ex­ceed.

Aero­dy­namic ef­fi­ciency is achieved by smoothly trim­ming the Tri­ton’s front bumper cor­ners and roof trail­ing edge, ta­per­ing the cab and tub to­wards the rear and the shape of the A-pil­lars.

The Tri­ton comes with a new sixspeed man­ual trans­mis­sion or, as with the test ve­hi­cle, an op­tional five-speed au­to­matic with Sport Mode, a new vari­ant of the proven Aisin gear­box out of the Pa­jero.

Five for­ward speeds are a rar­ity in au­tos th­ese days.

Of­fi­cial braked tow­ing ca­pac­ity is 3100kg for the man­ual and au­to­matic ver­sions of the 4x4 Dou­ble Cab mod­els.

All 2016 Tri­ton mod­els have an of­fi­cial five-star ANCAP safety rat­ing.

Higher strength steels ab­sorb im­pact from all di­rec­tions and dis­perse it, while re­tain­ing cabin in­tegrity in a crash.

Ac­tive Sta­bil­ity and Trac­tion Con­trol is stan­dard across the range, along with Mit­subishi’s Emer­gency Stop Sig­nal func­tion, which flashes the haz­ard warn­ing lights un­der heavy brak­ing to alert ve­hi­cles be­hind.

All mod­els are also fit­ted with a brake over­ride sys­tem, which uses sen­sors to recog­nise when ac­cel­er­a­tor and brake ped­als are be­ing pressed at the same time and gives pri­or­ity to the brake sys­tem to pre­vent ac­ci­den­tal ac­cel­er­a­tion.

Pas­sive safety fea­tures in­clude driver and front pas­sen­ger airbags, side and cur­tain airbags and driver’s knee airbag, while seat belts are fit­ted with pre-ten­sion­ers and force lim­iters.

In terms of the pow­er­train, the lat­est Mit­subishi Tri­ton is all about pulling power. Speed off the mark takes a back seat.

The en­gine is tuned to de­liver 25 per cent ex­tra torque at 1500rpm, which re­duces the need for down­shift­ing to main­tain speed.

The Tri­ton’s over­all de­sign is highly aero­dy­namic, with a drag co-ef­fi­cient of just 0.42, con­tribut­ing to ve­hi­cle sta­bil­ity at higher speeds and lower fuel consumption and car­bon diox­ide emis­sions.Weight dis­tri­bu­tion is also bet­ter un­der all loads.

The 2016 Tri­ton has taken on a more com­mand­ing ap­pear­ance with­out los­ing aero­dy­namic ef­fi­ciency as be­fits a pick-up truck of to­day.

Com­bine this with good per­for­mance, oc­cu­pant com­fort, cargo car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity, and a high level of safety and it’s an at­trac­tive pack­age for work and play.

The new Mit­subishi Tri­ton has smoother lines, re­sult­ing in im­proved aero­dy­namic ef­fi­ciency.

Of­fi­cial braked tow­ing ca­pac­ity is 3100kg for the man­ual and au­to­matic ver­sions of the 4x4 Dou­ble Cab mod­els.

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