TRI­TON GLX+

Ver­dict The HiLux has the big­ger cabin, bet­ter road­hold­ing and tougher off-road abil­ity. Bud­get buy­ers will find the Tri­ton suits most needs, is cheaper to run and has a five-year war­ranty.

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VALUE

The GLX+ has been at a per­ma­nent price of $36,990 drive-away since launch. The sav­ings vary de­pend­ing on whether Mit­subishi in­cludes auto in the price (as it did in June). For now, this is the price of a man­ual, so about $2000 off full price and still much cheaper than most rivals. Stan­dard fare matches the HiLux — rear cam­era, cruise con­trol, air­con, power win­dows and re­mote cen­tral lock­ing.

DE­SIGN

The base model gets a tougher-look­ing matt black grille and adds a rear bumper and al­loy wheels to broaden its ap­peal. Cov­ered in dust, the new Tri­ton looks like an off-road racer but de­trac­tors say its un­usual de­sign re­sem­bles a prey­ing man­tis. It has a shorter wheel­base than rivals, as much of the chas­sis is car­ried over. As a plus, it has a tighter turn­ing cir­cle.

EN­GINE

The 2.4-litre turbo diesel (133kW/430Nm) is a high­light. It is quiet and re­fined and we re­ally hope Nis­san doesn’t rob the Tri­ton of this as­set once it starts to fig­ure out what to do with Mit­subishi af­ter its re­cent takeover. It is su­per-ef­fi­cient and works su­perbly with the six-speed man­ual. Thanks to the lighter body, it is quicker and slightly more fru­gal.

SAFETY

As with the Workmate, the GLX+ comes with seven airbags (in­clud­ing one for the driver’s knee) and rear-view cam­era (with guid­ing lines that also don’t turn with the steer­ing). The low-beam is OK but it could do with bet­ter high-beam cov­er­age, ex­tremely im­por­tant on dark coun­try roads.

DRIV­ING

An­other base model that’s more pleas­ant to drive than the flag­ship. You feel that the Tri­ton has a nar­rower and smaller foot­print on the road but in most con­di­tions it’s sub­lime (for a ute) over bumps and this im­proves with 200kg or so in the back. Only in tight turns or slip­pery in­ter­sec­tions does the Tri­ton start to get a bit un­wieldy.

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