NT News - Motoring - - NEWS - By TRENT NIKOLIC of Over­lan­der 4WD mag­a­zine

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.

This year,

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

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