Mit­subishi SA of­fers ‘softer, qui­eter’ Tri­ton

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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.

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