New 2.4 diesel pow­er­ful enough to take on key ri­vals

The Star Early Edition - - NOTICEBOARD - 2.4 Di-D 4x2 man - 133kW/430Nm - R479 900 2.4 Di-D 4x2 auto - 133kW/430Nm - R499 900 2.4 Di-D 4x4 man - 133kW/430Nm - R539 900 2.4 Di-D 4x4 auto - 133kW/430Nm - R559 900 4x2 man­ual Ford Ranger 3.2 XLT 4x2 - 147kW/470Nm - R515 900 Isuzu KB300 D-Teq LX 4x2

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.

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