TRITON NEW 4WD KING
HE bang-for-the-buck Mitsubishi Triton GLX-R has trumped a full field of four-wheel-drives to take the biggest prize in Australian off-roading.
The feature-packed load hauler is the 2010 winner of the Overlander Four-wheeldrive of the Year award.
The annual battle for survival is the first time a utility vehicle has taken out Overlander’s ultimate gong and is a just reward for a ground-breaking dual-cab pickup within a traditionally staid segment of the newcar market.
Utes often miss out on the safety features of wagons and sedans, but the Triton has changed all that with the inclusion of active and passive safety features making for a much safer and more practical everyday vehicle thats a whole lot more than just a workhorse.
Most significantly, the Tri-
Tton offers buyers the option of full-time four-wheel-drive, thanks to Mitsubishi’s smart Super Select system.
Historically, the Overlander 4WDOTY award has been the domain of large four-wheel-drive wagons, with the Land Rover Discovery, Discovery Sport, Toyota Prado, Toyota LandCruiser and Mitsubishi Pajero taking out the past five titles.
full-size wagons again dominated the contenders with Land Rover’s new diesel Discovery 4, Toyota’s diesel and petrol Prados and Range Rover’s diesel Sport taking the fight right up to the Triton.
While large wagons remain the mainstay of the average 4WD owner in Australia, significant numbers of buyers are looking to the Triton as an option for the family weekend get- away after the hard work is done during the week.
With specification levels that now rival many of the traditional off-road big guns, the Triton is a genuine contender.
The Triton was rewarded for its standard setting safety equipment within the utility sector, an excellent diesel engine and clever automatic gearbox, genuine off-road practicality and the option of full-time 4WD.
TOUGH NUT: The Triton was rewarded for its off-road practicality, the option of full-time 4WD and surprising on-road handling and dynamics