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Continued from page 1 The short wheelbase also gives it a rather tight turning circle for town driving, by bakkie standards at least, although the resultant long rear overhang is perhaps not ideal for heavier loads. Unlike some rivals, the steering is adjustable for both height and reach, allowing a comfortable driving position to be set up, but the steering does feel fairly vague on the open road.
The cabin is spacious and comfortable, and rather well specced, with all versions coming with leather seats (electrically adjustable for the driver) as well as a touch-screen infotainment system with reverse camera and Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone climate control and cruise control.
The fascia design is rather plain and although the plastics are hard to the touch, Mitsubishi has put some effort into making the materials appear reasonably classy, once again, by bakkie standards at least.
On the safety front, the Triton packs dual front airbags, but strangely lacks side and curtain airbags, but it does at least come with an active stability and traction control system. When it comes to the crunch, the vehicle’s structure is safe enough to have achieved a five-star Australian NCAP rating.
As you’ll see below prices are pitched slightly below key rivals, with a 4x2 manual coming in around R11 000 below the equivalent Hilux and the top 4x4 auto saving you R13 600, and you’ll notice even bigger savings over the albeit-more-powerful Ranger.
That might not be enough to get the maddening crowds tripping each other up through Mitsubishi’s showroom doors, but if you want to stand apart from the Hilux-Ranger crowd, the new Triton is certainly a credible alternative.
Double cabs only for now, but single and club cabs are on the way.
Colour touchscreen comes as standard equipment in all models, but there’s no navigation feature for now.