Mit­subishi Tri­ton takes on up­date

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Motoring -

Mit­subishi Mo­tors Aus­tralia Lim­ited, MMAL, has re­leased the MY20 Tri­ton line-up, which re­sponds to cus­tomer de­mand by im­prov­ing stan­dard spec­i­fi­ca­tion for three grades, while a lim­ited-edi­tion of­fer­ing has also been in­tro­duced.

MMAL se­nior man­ager for prod­uct strat­egy Owen Thom­son said the off-road ca­pa­bil­ity of the mid-range GLX+ and GLS grades was the main fo­cus of the MY20 up­date.

“The real change is the rear diff lock. We’re push­ing it down the range,” he said.

When asked how of­ten Tri­ton own­ers ac­tu­ally take their ve­hi­cles of­froad, where the rear dif­fer­en­tial lock, pre­vi­ously ex­clu­sive to the flag­ship GLS Premium vari­ant, could be put to work, Mr Thom­son said it ‘de­pends very much on the cus­tomer’.

“The idea of the GLX+ is peo­ple want a tougher off-road Tri­ton and this is the base car you can get with rub­ber floor­mats and things – that was one of the rea­sons we put a rear diff lock on it,” he said.

“We’re now in the po­si­tion where we can add it on and cover the cost in the re­tail price and still be re­ally com­pet­i­tive.”

As a re­sult, the GLX+ grade is now $1000 dearer, with the au­to­matic-only club-cab chas­sis ver­sion priced from $41,490 plus on-road costs, while the dual-cab pick-up costs $40,990 and $43,490 in man­ual and au­to­matic form re­spec­tively.

The lat­ter two vari­ants also gain a roof-mounted air cir­cu­la­tor for the se­cond row that frees up the rear of the cen­tre con­sole to of­fer USB ports in­stead of air vents. This fea­ture was in­tro­duced in the GLS and GLS Premium vari­ants as part of the MY19 facelift.

While the GLS dual-cab pick-ups have in­creased in price by $650, to $45,140, man­ual, and $47,640, au­to­matic, buy­ers are com­pen­sated with the in­clu­sion of key­less en­try and start.

How­ever, the GLS vari­ants have had their sports bar deleted, which Mr Thom­son said al­lowed deal­ers to of­fer a wider range of ac­ces­sories.

The GLS Premium grade’s sports bar is now black in colour, con­tribut­ing to the dual-cab pick-up’s $500 price rise, to $52,490. Pric­ing is oth­er­wise un­changed for the Tri­ton’s 14 other full-time vari­ants.

Hav­ing now re­ceived two up­grades in nine months, Mr Thom­son hinted that an­nual tweaks to the Tri­ton are likely to be the norm from now on.

“The 19 model year is the take-off point for Tri­ton in the fu­ture, so we’re try­ing to just keep in­ter­est and keep it go­ing over time,” he said.

“It’s a re­ally com­pet­i­tive mar­ket. We can’t sit still. We’ve got to be re­act­ing and do­ing things all the time.”

New for MY20 is the Toby Price Edi­tion grade.

Com­mand­ing a $3000 premium over the 4x4 GLS dual-cab-pick-up it is based upon and lim­ited to 500 units, it steps up with its black nudge bar, LED light bar, tinted bon­net pro­tec­tor and weather shields, black sports bar, soft ton­neau cover, tub liner, body de­cals and car­pet floor mats, all of which are fit­ted lo­cally by Au­to­care Ser­vices.

The Toby Price Edi­tion grade is of­fered with three paint­work op­tions, in­clud­ing White Di­a­mond and Graphite Grey, while Sun­flare Or­ange is an ex­clu­sive hue. As re­ported, the en­try-level 4x2 GLX sin­gle-cab chas­sis kicks off pro­ceed­ings from $22,490 when fit­ted with a five-speed man­ual, which is the only vari­ant avail­able with the 94kw-194nm, 2.4-litre nat­u­rally aspirated four-cylin­der petrol engine.

A sim­i­larly sized tur­bocharged diesel unit is used by all other Tri­tons, de­vel­op­ing 133kw at 3500rpm and 430Nm at 2500rpm.

It is mated to ei­ther a six-speed man­ual or a six-speed torque-con­verter au­to­matic.

Stan­dard equip­ment in GLX vari­ants in­clude steel wheels, a 6.1-inch touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity, one USB port, two 12V power out­lets, a multi-func­tion steer­ing wheel, fabric up­hol­stery, a sec­ondrow cen­tre arm­rest with cuphold­ers – dual-cab only – and vinyl floor cov­er­ings.

Safety fea­tures ex­tend to seven airbags, cruise con­trol, man­ual speed lim­iter, hill-start and trailer sta­bil­ity as­sist, rear park­ing sen­sors – pick-up only – and a re­vers­ing cam­era.

Step­ping up to the GLX ADAS adds front fog­lights, dusk-sens­ing head­lights, rain-sens­ing wipers, an au­todim­ming rearview mir­ror.

Also in­cluded is au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing with pedes­trian de­tec­tion and lane de­par­ture warn­ing.

TRI­TON TAKE-OFF: Mit­subishi goes off-road with its se­cond Tri­ton ute up­grade in 2019.

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