New Tri­ton due next year

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

MIT­SUBISHI said it will launch the Tri­ton bakkie early next year and prom­ises it will prove worth the wait.

Al­ready avail­able in SA as the Fiat Fast­back, the new Tri­ton’s 2.4-litre MIVEC tur­bocharged com­mon rail diesel en­gine makes a bit more power.

The Tri­ton SU is equipped with the lat­est Su­per Se­lect II four-wheel-drive sys­tem and the bench at the back seats three adults.

The up­dates in­clude Mit­subishi’s lat­est six-speed man­ual or five-speed au­to­matic gear­box.

As is the case in the Full­back, the 2,4 petrol is re­spon­sive, with a classlead­ing com­pres­sion ra­tio of 15.5:1, which is sup­ple­mented by a vari­able geom­e­try turbo charger as well as Mit­subishi’s pro­pri­etary en­gine map­ping.

Peak power out­per­forms sim­i­lar­sized en­gines with 133 kW at 3 500 rpm and 430 Nm at 2 500 rpm, with more than 350 Nm from 1 500 rpm. This is more than the power from the en­gines in the Full­back, which in the 2,4-litre petrol makes 97 kW and 202 Nm, while the 2,5-litre turbo diesel makes ei­ther 100 kW and 324 Nm in the 4x2 or 131 kW and 400 Nm in the 4x4.

Mit­subishi said the low-end torque is over 25% more when com­pared to the pre­vi­ous 2,5-litre turbo diesel en­gine, which was fit­ted to the out­go­ing Tri­ton range. Buy­ers who opt for the 4x4 driv­e­train will get to sam­ple the lat­est ver­sion of Mit­subishi’s widely ac­claimed Su­per Se­lect II 4WD sys­tem. This state-of-the-art sys­tem is unique to Mit­subishi and of­fers four in­tel­li­gent driv­ing modes which can be en­gaged from the elec­tronic drive se­lec­tor sit­u­ated in­side the cabin.

The Tri­ton SU will ar­rive in South African deal­er­ships in Fe­bru­ary 2017.


The new Tri­ton is worth the wait, says Mit­subishi.

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