Mitsubishi SA offers ‘softer, quieter’ Triton
MITSUBISHI Motors South Africa (MMSA) has confirmed that its next-generation Triton pickup range will be available in Southern African markets from mid-2016.
“We are delighted to confirm the introduction of the all-new Triton in the local market. In countries where it’s already been launched, automotive journalists who have driven the new Triton were extremely complimentary about the quiet car-like drive it offers. The softer and quieter SUV type ride, complemented by the functionality of a traditional load bin, prompted Mitsubishi’s engineers to label it a Sport Utility Truck (SUT),” said Wynand Pretorius, chief operations officer (COO) of MMSA.
This is the fifth generation Mitsubishi pickup and by far its most advanced commercial vehicle to date. The new model has already started raking in accolades in countries where it has been introduced, including that of 2015 Truck of the Year by Auto
Express in the UK. The sleek and flowing design of the new Triton results in a dynamic and elegant look, as well as improved aerodynamic performance that contributes to better fuel efficiency.
The new Triton boasts a bold grill framed by bi-xenon lights, strongly accentuated flanks and a larger load bay. “The new design harks back to the popular Colt, which was the top-selling pick-up in South Africa in the early 2000s,” said Pretorius.
The unique J-line design that was introduced on the current Triton range back in 2007 is retained in a more conventionallooking way on the new model and helps give double cab passengers with class-leading interior length and overall comfort.
Seat shapes have been updated with thicker side bolsters and tighter support for drivers to maintain a natural driving position and to reduce driver fatigue on long journeys.
The Triton’s innovative design results in a class-leading turning circle of only 5,9 metres and makes it a pleasure to drive in congested urban areas and harsh off-road conditions alike.
The fully revised suspension enables car-like ride comfort and superb driving stability. Stiffer suspension springs and expanded stabilisers in front reduce body roll, provide quicker handling response and ensure a safer ride when the driver is required to make sudden manoeuvres to avoid obstacles. The combination of finely-tuned rear shock absorbers and an extension of the rear leaf springs further contribute to a quieter and more comfortable ride.
The jewel in the new Triton’s crown certainly is its new-generation 2,4-litre turbo diesel engine. Its quick response at low revolutions, along with the improved aerodynamic design of the new Triton, drastically improves fuel consumption, responsiveness and acceleration. The six-speed manual and fivespeed automatic gearboxes contribute to a smooth and nimble driving experience similar to that of passenger cars.
This new light-weight engine produces 133 kW and a whopping 430 Nm of torque and is matched to a choice of two newly developed transmissions resulting in responsive acceleration performance. Numerous noise insulators, noise absorbing- and damping materials are applied in many parts of the body to further reduce NVH levels.
The decision to construct the cylinder block from aluminium (another world-first from Mitsubishi’s engineers) resulted in a further 30 kg overall weight reduction. The lighter overall body construction contributes to improved responsiveness, excellent handling and improved braking reaction — all without compromising on safety considerations or work-load ability. The top-ofthe-range 4x4 double cab derivatives will offer Mitsubishi’s unique state-of-the-art Super Select II 4-wheel drive system, which is also used in the Pajero and Pajero Sport ranges. This system offers four types of driving modes including full-time 4WD and 2WD which improves cornering performance. — WR.