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They say hindsight is 20:20 and it’s definitely true for Mitsubishi Motors South Africa. A year down the line from Triton’s original launch date, this new bakkie has hit our market with a bang. It’s the fifth model in the Colt/Triton lineage and it certainly is a show stopper in looks whilst still maintaining its off-road pedigree reputation.

Mitsubishi has had a tough time over the past decade or so, finding new ventures and merges somewhat muddy at times. The brand has kept its integrity despite many changes and today they boast a 92% brand loyalty figure. This number can only be testament to lots of hard work going on in the background to keep their customers this happy.

The new Triton boasts 185 key areas of improvement on it’s older brother. The idea was to create an SUV-like experience in its handling and comfort but enjoy the pay load  addition too.

A focus on the design was the J-line, which literally is the shape of the line from the outside of the vehicle where the cabin and the load bay meet. This has created more space for the rear seated passengers in the double cab and it’s also made for a shorter wheel base making the turning circle much sharper. Most bakkies suffer from a “15 point turn” experience when you’re simply trying to park, but the Triton remains nimble and very easy to manoeuvre through tight corners.

From the outside it remains masculine in design with wrap around headlights, splashes of chrome and some flash 17 inch alloy wheels. Behind the wheel visibility is great, while ride comfort is excellent. Sometimes our “workhorses” make you feel like you need to strap on a kidney belt, but this isn’t so for the Triton.

The interior is clean and simple in design and offers blue tooth and a USB audio point. It’s very quiet inside as you tackle anything from traffic to a 4×4 track, thanks to more sound deadening being applied in the build. Large volumes of high strength steel are used in conjunction with Mitsubishi’s patented Reinforced Safety Evolution (RISE) technology. A collapsible steering column along with all the expected ABS, EBD and other safety must haves make this a well thought through people carrier.

The Mitsubishi Triton is fitted with a next-generation aluminium block four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine. This new free-revving engine delivers significantly more power and drastically less vibration thanks to new mounting points on the chassis.

Power delivery is rated at 133 kW at       3 500 rpm with torque peaking at 430 Nm at 2 500 rpm. Fuel consumption is rated at 7.6 litres per 100 km in a combined cycle.

The new 2.4 MIVEC turbo-diesel delivers power to the rear (2H), or all wheels (4H if 4×4) through the choice of a shorter-shifting six-speed manual gearbox, or a five-speed automatic transmission. Drivers can decide to make the shift from 2H to 4H on the fly as their environment changes.

Off-road the Triton is exceptionally capable with its 215mm ground clearance.

There are four double cabs on offer and the starting price is R479 900 and all models  have a 5-year/90 000km service plan and     3-year/100 000km manufacturer’s warranty.