Mit­subishi Tri­ton GLX 4WD

GLX is rugged and nonon­sense, but still with the modern niceties we now ex­pect in a new ute, says Damien O’car­roll.

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The Mit­subishi Tri­ton has been a big part of the Mit­subishi line-up since 1978 (when it was badged L200 lo­cally) and has been a con­sis­tent seller in the ute seg­ment for all that time. While re­cent ad­vances in the ute mar­ket have seen com­peti­tors match the Tri­ton’s pre­vi­ously class-lead­ing ride and han­dling, the Mit­subishi still more than man­ages to keep up with the strong com­pe­ti­tion in this re­gard, while still man­ag­ing to come in sig­nif­i­cantly lower in terms of price. Of­ten we mo­tor­ing jour­nal­ists get the top spec utes to re­view, af­ter all, they are the big sell­ers at the mo­ment, but there is still an ex­cep­tion­ally strong de­mand for work­horses – some­thing rugged and no-non­sense, but still with the modern niceties we now ex­pect in a new ute. And that is where the Mit­subishi Tri­ton GLX comes in. The model you see here is a dou­ble cab 4WD GLX and, as with all Tri­tons, it comes with Mit­subishi’s 2.4-litre all-al­loy di­rect­in­jec­tion diesel 4-cylin­der en­gine that puts out 135kw of power and 437Nm of torque. This par­tic­u­lar Tri­ton features a six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion, but it is also avail­able with a five-speed au­to­matic. While the Tri­ton’s en­gine is slightly down on power and torque when com­pared to some of the oth­ers, its lighter weight (1,940kg) puts it back at the top of the charts again in terms of power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ra­tios. It also boasts im­pres­sively low fuel con­sump­tion fig­ures, with a seg­ment-lead­ing 7.2L/100km for the man­ual GLX. On the road, the Tri­ton’s ride is very rem­i­nis­cent of the Ford Ranger (i.e; ex­cel­lent), but the Tri­ton feels no­tice­ably smaller and nim­bler than the big Ford, mak­ing it far more sat­is­fy­ing to chuck around, while also mak­ing it far eas­ier to ma­noeu­vre around a build­ing site of park­ing lot. While the en­gine is slightly gruff and no­tice­ably vo­cal as it goes about its busi­ness, it feels mas­sively strong and torquey, with a solid, lin­ear de­liv­ery of power, par­tic­u­larly in the mid-range which helps make the man­ual a rel­a­tively ef­fort­less thing to drive both around town and at open road speeds. Drop­ping the Tri­ton into 4WD is a ridicu­lously sim­ple op­er­a­tion – just a twist on the dial on the cen­tre con­sole drops it into 4WD high, while a down­ward push and an­other twist sees 4WD low en­gaged. Like it has al­ways been, the Tri­ton is par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive in low ra­tio off the beaten track, with beau­ti­fully space gear ra­tios that make the in­cluded hill de­scent con­trol vir­tu­ally re­dun­dant. Still, it is nice to still have it. The GLX also comes stan­dard with a rear diff lock for when the go­ing gets re­ally tough­ened also comes fit­ted with A/T tyres. While the glory is cur­rently go­ing to the high-spec glam­our utes, it is re­as­sur­ing to know that there are still some re­mark­ably ca­pa­ble work­horses out there to tackle the real tough stuff with ef­fort­less rugged­ness. And the Tri­ton GLX is cer­tainly one of the tough ones.

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