Tri­ton gets tough look

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The new-look Mit­subishi Tri­ton ute range un­veiled last week in Bangkok, Thai­land, is ex­pected to reach the New Zealand mar­ket by late-de­cem­ber.

Mit­subishi has ap­plied re­fine­ment and safety up­grades to the Tri­ton along with a bold new look — in­spired by the “Dy­namic Shield” frontal de­sign theme of the lat­est Out­lander and Eclipse Cross SUV mod­els.

Un­der the skin the lad­der-frame chas­sis, cabin struc­ture, key di­men­sions and the 2.4-litre MIVEC diesel en­gine are car­ried over from the cur­rent Tri­ton. The ma­jor me­chan­i­cal up­grade for 2019 is a new six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion — that re­places the five-speed unit in cur­rent mod­els — to pro­vide a broader spread of gear­ing for im­proved ac­cel­er­a­tion and ef­fi­ciency.

The trans­mis­sion up­grade is solely re­spon­si­ble for the per­for­mance and re­fine­ment gains with no changes ex­pected for the 4N15 MIVEC diesel en­gine which has 2442cc dis­place­ment and de­vel­ops 135kw at 3500rpm with 437Nm of torque at 2500rpm.

The sheet­metal re­fresh is rea­son­ably ex­ten­sive and bring a new-look to the Tri­ton. The Mit­subishi de­sign­ers have raised the lead­ing edge of the bon­net by 40mm to pro­vide a squarer look and there are changes to the front guards, head­lights, grille, side steps, door mir­rors, fuel cap cover, rear bumper and tail lights.

The flag­ship VRX model gets LED head­lights with in­te­grated day­time run­ning lights.

The 1815mm body width is un­changed but the new de­sign at­tempts to widen the Tri­ton’s stance by push­ing the squarer guards out to where the wheel arch flares pre­vi­ously pro­vided the width.

A move to 18-inch al­loy wheels — with a two-tone ma­chine fin­ish — and taller 265/60 R18 tyres on the GLX-R and VRX grades gives the Tri­ton a 15mm in­crease in ground clear­ance.

Tri­ton’s Su­per Se­lect II 4WD sys­tem — avail­able in top-of-therange 4WD mod­els — will be equipped with new driver se­lectable Off-road Mode fea­tur­ing Gravel, Mud/snow, Sand and Rock set­tings. When en­gaged, Off-road Mode con­trols en­gine power, trans­mis­sion and brak­ing to reg­u­late the amount of wheel slip and thereby max­imise all-ter­rain per­for­mance.

The ad­di­tion of Hill De­scent Con­trol to Tri­ton’s off-road func­tions pro­vides fur­ther as­sis­tance in chal­leng­ing sit­u­a­tions, main­tain­ing a con­stant ve­hi­cle speed dur­ing des­cents by reg­u­lat­ing brak­ing force to each wheel, al­low­ing the driver to con­cen­trate on steer­ing.

Tri­ton in­tro­duces the lat­est in Mit­subishi’s ac­tive safety and driver as­sis­tance sys­tems. Among the safety fea­tures which are new to Tri­ton are For­ward Col­li­sion Mit­i­ga­tion and Lane De­par­ture Warn­ing avail­able on GLX (well­side ute) and GLX-R mod­els.

Top-of-the-range VRX mod­els will also ben­e­fit from Blind Spot Warn­ing, Rear Cross Traf­fic Alert, Multi Around View Mon­i­tor and front and rear park­ing sen­sors. With the move to 18-inch wheels the VRX and GLX-R mod­els also fea­ture larger front brake discs and two pis­tons in each caliper for im­proved brak­ing per­for­mance and greater safety over­all.

For the New Zealand mar­ket the MY19 Tri­ton range will com­prise four 4x2 mod­els and 10 4x4s and Mit­subishi Mo­tors NZ holds high hopes for the up­graded Tri­ton to gain a larger share of the ute mar­ket.

“More and more Ki­wis are look­ing to com­bine the lux­u­ries of a life­style ve­hi­cle with the per­for­mance of a ute and Tri­ton’s in­creas­ing pop­u­lar­ity re­flects its abil­ity to de­liver that. This new model brings en­hance­ments to the dura­bil­ity, ca­pa­bil­ity and com­fort de­vel­oped over decades of im­prove­ments,” said Reece Cong­don, Mit­subishi Mo­tors NZ head of mar­ket­ing and cor­po­rate af­fairs.

Year-to-date (Jan­uary-oc­to­ber) the Tri­ton is the fourth best-sell­ing ute in the New Zealand mar­ket. The Ford Ranger leads the sales race with 8306 reg­is­tra­tions fol­lowed by the Toy­ota Hilux with 6760 and Holden Colorado with 3924 reg­is­tra­tions. The Tri­ton has achieved 3829 reg­is­tra­tions and is in a bat­tle for the num­ber three rank­ing with the Colorado .

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