Mitsubishi has improved the appeal of its Triton main stayer for 2017, reports
with metallic paint is about $45,990.
Irelands have deals on the GLS diesel from $38,990 and the GLX+4WD diesel from $34,990 on the road.
DETAILING The review vehicle was Ireland Mitsubishi’s top-of-the-range Exceed, which was set up for towing with electric brakes and bigger tyres.
It’s well equipped and as well as those features detailed earlier includes a reversing camera linked to a 7.0-inch touch screen, premium audio system with CD player, SD card and satellite navigation.
Bluetooth hands-free with voice control and audio streaming is available on all models.
Overall there is a more upmarket feeling about the surroundings through use of tactile quality materials. The Triton range is powered by a new 2.4litre turbo-diesel engine putting out 133kW of power at 3500rpm and 430Nm peak torque at 2500rpm.
The Euro 5 compliant engine is more efficient, powerful and refined than its predecessor.
Fuel consumption and emissions have been improved by lowering the compression ratio to 15.5: 1 and fitting the diesel particulate filter as close to the engine as possible.
Triton comes with a new sixspeed manual transmission or, as with the test vehicle, an optional five-speed automatic with Sport mode, a new variant of the proven Aisin gearbox out of the Pajero.
Five forward speeds are a rarity in autos these days.
Official braked towing capacity is 3100kg for both manual and automatic versions of 4x4 Double.
All Tritons have an official five-star ANCAP safety rating.
Higher strength steels absorb impact from all directions and disperse it, while retaining cabin integrity in a crash.
DRIVING The latest Triton is all about pulling power. The engine is tuned to deliver 25 per cent extra torque at 1500rpm, which reduces the need for downshifting to maintain speed.
The Exceed drives well but at the end of the day is a light truck.
The test route included the Kuranda Range in the middle of one of the heaviest torrential downpours I have encountered on this road.
For better grip I engaged 4WD, which helped keep the dual cab straight and true and prevented wheel slippage.
I should have kept the 4WD engaged on the drive from Kuranda through to Mareeba, as the Kennedy Highway was awash and at times I was aquaplaning.
Fortunately the ESP picked up the loss of grip and dropped down a gear, slowing progress to a safer level.
Attempts to go off road on the Tinaroo Creek Rd near Mareeba into the Danbulla Forest were thwarted with a causeway well over so it was off to Biboohra, north of Mareeba, to take a track at the end of Bilwon Rd to Koah but, once again, I came to a floodway where the water was flowing too swiftly to attempt a safe crossing.
I flicked the Exceed into 4WD for the saturated downhill section of the Kuranda Range back to Cairns.
Exceed models are fitted with Mitsubishi’s latest Super Select 4WD II system, which offers four driving modes – 2H, 4H and 4L, plus locked 4WD mode.
Key benefits include lower fuel consumption and quietness in 2WD and 40/60 front/rear torque distribution in full-time 4WD mode for superior cornering stability. The Exceed has an electronic rear diff lock as standard.
DECIDING The 2017 Triton has taken on a more commanding appearance without losing aerodynamic efficiency as befits a truck of today.
It’s an attractive package for work and play, combined with good performance, occupant comfort, cargo carrying capacity and a high level of safety.