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Celebrating four decades with a tough new look and a host of enhanced exterior and interior features, the 2019 Triton also has an all-new, six-speed automatic transmission.“The new tough-looking Triton is significantly more competitive and meets the diverse needs of bakkie customers around the world,” says Nic Campbell, general manager of Mitsubishi Motors South Africa. Apart from the new transmission, the new 2019 Triton also boasts more powerful styling that incorporates the latest dynamic Shield front design concept language; an enhanced 4WD system that delivers improved off-road performance, and the latest in active safety and driver assistance systems.

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The new face incorporates that new-generation “Dynamic Shield” front design concept. The high hood line and beefier-looking headlights located higher up to give the new model a more powerful and imposing frontal appearance. The restyled inside of the new Triton expresses a modern and robust feeling with new frame surroundings for the switch panel and air outlets. A high-quality look is created by soft pad materials and the new interior boasts new technology such as telescopic steering, multi-function leather steering wheel with audio and cruise control, Bluetooth with hands-free voice control, touch-screen radio/CD and MP3 player with an optional infotainment Apple Carplay setup. Full leather seats and the usual ancillaries such as USB accessory sockets and select windows with dual-zone automatic air-conditioning and an electrically-operated adjustable driver seat along with a chromed rear view mirror are additional finishes found in the cabin.

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Other interior elements making it significantly more competitive include an enhanced4WD system boasting an electronic off-road assistance mode that delivers improved off-road performance, and the latest in active safety and driver assistance systems. To name a few of the other systems found in the new Triton includes DRL (daytime running lights), ABS, EBD, BAS(brake assist system), RISE (reinforced impact safety evolution) Body Construction, seven airbags, ASTC (active stability and traction control), seven airbags, ASTC (active stability and traction control), rear view camera plus a keyless operating system. Braking performance and feel are improved with the use of larger front discs and calliper pistons. The ride is further improved with the use of large rear dampers that contain high amounts of damping oil.

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Power and performance

The Triton combines Mitsubishi’s powerful tried and tested 2.4L MIVEC turbodiesel engine with the all-new six-speed automatic transmission with Intelligent Shift Control, delivering the optimum balance of engine power and fuel economy. Asix-speed manual transmission is available as well. Fuel consumption: 7,5 litres per 100 km in the combined cycle (7,6litres/100 km for the new six-speed automatic)The latest Triton also benefits from the following: Super Select II 4WD System, Electronic Off-road Assistance, HillDescent Control, Rear Diff Lock, 3100kg Towing Mass (Braked), 2.4L DI-DC M/T 4×4, 2.4L DI-DC A/T 4×4. Incidentally, that Super-Select II 4WD delivers optimum traction and handling characteristics for any given surface. The Off-road mode has Gravel, Mud/Snow, Sand and Rock (in 4LLc only) settings for improved traction over different road surfaces. When engaged, Off-road Mode integrally controls engine power, transmission and braking to regulate the amount of wheel slip, thereby maximising all-terrain performance.“This new Triton is engineered to be tough yet still looks the part,” said Campbell. “We are confident that this upgraded version will build on the popularity of the original Triton and the 40 years of development of this iconic pick-up.”With pricing starting at R509 995, we are convinced the new Triton is the best-looking value priced bakkie on the market at present.