I CAN’T get over the price.
This is why Chinese utes have struggled to gain a foothold here.
The Triton GLX+ double-cab has been $34,990 drive-away with auto for seemingly an eternity.
It undercuts mainstream rivals by roughly $5000 to $10,000 and is almost as cheap as the Chinese pick-ups.
And yet with the Triton you get Japanese quality – even though it’s made in Thailand, as with most of its peers – plus a five-year warranty.
It also has capped price servicing; for three years.
With its singular styling and long ute tub, the Triton won’t win beauty contests.
But buyers are getting the last laugh.
It has one of the tightest turning circles among its peers (11.8m), so negotiating carparks and U-turns is a cinch.
It rides on comparatively small 16-inch wheels and the tyre sidewalls are tall so it irons out the bumps nicely. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto were added to the infotainment as part of a running change earlier this year.
The downside is that the volume knob disappeared in the process, making it fiddly to adjust quickly via the touchscreen on bumpy roads. Sure, there’s the toggle switch on the steering wheel, but that too is not as fast and as easy to use as the deleted knob.
A rear camera is standard and the GLX+ also gets alloy wheels, side steps and rear bumper.
This may come as a shock to many but the Triton’s 2.4-litre turbo diesel is a sweetie.
It’s quiet, refined and frugal to boot.
The six-speed manual is a gem, although most buyers opt for the five-speed auto, especially as Mitsubishi keeps doing a ‘free auto upgrade’ every other month.
As it propels one of the lightest utes among its peers, the 2.4 also accelerates smartly.
No one makes the perfect ute but the Triton comes close. for the money.
First wish: give the Triton a tougher appearance, perhaps borrowed from or inspired by the Pajero Sport.
Second: a digital speed readout.
Given our strict speed enforcement, every 1km/h increment counts.
So, Mitsubishi, how about using that digital display in between the analog dials to give us a speed readout?