Tri­ton of­fers

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Those un­fa­mil­iar with Welling­ton and its hin­ter­land might shake their heads at the idea of a work­ing ute launch in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal.

How­ever, within 35km of the city cen­tre there are beaches, pad­docks, gravel roads and rib­bons of evilly cam­bered tar­ma­cadam to be sam­pled, as well as grassy hill farms and some of the worst ex­am­ples of the road builders’ art you’ve ever seen. Per­fect. We’re hav­ing a fine time driv­ing Mit­subishi’s new Tri­ton ute, which is un­mis­tak­ably a Tri­ton, with its ta­pered load deck and sil­hou­ette.

For all that, it’s new from the ground up, and to il­lus­trate that, Mit­subishi said you couldn’t drop the new body over the old chas­sis, or vice versa, de­spite the iden­ti­cal wheel­base and track mea­sure­ments.

The Tri­ton’s shape and style is more vis­ually pleas­ing than be­fore, with a chromed smile of a grille to re­place the pre­vi­ous rather gorm­less grin, with shapely halo­gen lamps at each end (plus LED run­ning lights in the GLS dou­ble cab) and a black ac­ces­sory light panel in the chin.

The clamshell clo­sure line of the bon­net clev­erly con­tin­ues through the body’s crease lines which link the top of the head­lights with the same point on the rear clus­ters by cours­ing through the front and rear quar­ter pan­els and the doors.

To our eyes, this makes the new Tri­ton the best look­ing and most co­he­sive yet and much more mas­cu­line than the soft­ly­con­toured im­me­di­ate pre­de­ces­sor.

One of the de­sign el­e­ments that of­fended most with the ‘‘old’’ Tri­ton was the curvy rear door clo­sure line which has now been elim­i­nated by way of a straighter shape at the trail­ing edge and match­ing sharper win­dow an­gles.

This ap­pears to have lib­er­ated more in­te­rior space, be­cause the rear cabin seems much more ca­pa­cious than we re­mem­ber.

Up front it’s bet­ter too, with com­fort im­proved by bol­stered, dished front seats with a large num­ber of ad­just­ments helped by the reach and tilt ad­justable steer­ing wheel, and plenty of side sup­port.

Re­designed door and dash fur­ni­ture ap­pears to use hard plas­tic where it’s needed with softer tex­tures else­where, along with met­allised fin­ishes to show some con­trast with many shades of grey that oth­er­wise dom­i­nate.

The main heat­ing and ven­ti­la­tion con­trols are familiar and the sound sys­tem ap­pears easy to work through.

Con­nec­tiv­ity can be voice ac­ti­vated and worked through steer­ing wheel con­trols, with a power con­nec­tor and a USB port well-placed on the dash end of the cen­tre con­sole.

Mit­subishi said the ad­di­tional in­te­rior space we no­ticed has been achieved in all the three avail­able body styles – sin­gle, dou­ble and club cab body, and adds that the strate­gic place­ment of sound in­su­la­tion, ab­sorp­tion and vi­bra­tion damp­ing ma­te­ri­als con­trib­utes to sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved cabin quiet­ness.

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