2015 saw the first all-new Mitsubishi Triton in almost a decade, and it was certainly worth the wait. The rugged Japanese ute is still lagging somewhat behind both the Toyota HiLux and the Ford Ranger in terms of sales but is still one of the most popular cars on the market. The 2017 version has seen a few design tweaks and some added safety measures, but aside from those, this is pretty much the same car that came out in 2015. So why is it so popular?
Well as with all utes you’ll find three cab options
The Club Cab is a popular choice for tradies as behind the front row you have a somewhat cramped second row that’s perfect seating for short trips to the job site or as a more secure place for tool storage.
The Double Cab is roomy enough that you can pack the kids in there for a weekend trip to the mountains. Mitsubishi reckon three adults can fit back there, but we wouldn’t like to be stuck in the middle for a long journey.
You can choose the GLX base model, the GLX+, the more luxurious GLS, or the Exceed that comes with all the bells and whistles.
Although there are two engines, the 2.4L petrol is only available for drivers of the single-cab GLX. This means that Mitsubishi is able to offer a low-cost option for tradies and companies on a tight budget as it’s considerably cheaper (although much less powerful) than the diesel engine.
The 2.4L DOHC MIVEC engine powers all other Triton model variants. It’s a turbo-diesel 133kW engine that delivers 430Nm of torque and offers fuel economy of 7.2-7.6L/100km. It also has a towing capacity of 3.1 tonnes.
Single and Double Cabs are available in both 4x2 and 4x4 while the GLS and Exceed models are the only Tritons with Mitsubishi’s Super Select II 4WD.
The Petrol engine single cab comes with a manual 5-speed gearbox while the rest of the range comes with either a 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission. But before you choose, bear in mind that not every model variant offers both options.
This could be a deal breaker for drivers that want certain features alongside their preferred transmission.
All Triton models come with bucket seats in front and the usual standard conveniences such as adjustable driver height and tilt and telescopic steering wheel. The Triton is quite comfortable even at the low end of the range, and there aren’t too many differences in the front row.
The Exceed is the only model variant that comes with leather seat facings while GLS models come with what Mitsubishi like to call sports cloth seat trim. The rest of the range comes with standard cloth trim.
All Tritons come with an MP3 and iPod compatible sound system. You get Bluetooth connectivity for calls and audio streaming while there are also steering wheel controls for audio and cruise control.
Every Triton also has a colour touchscreen which doubles as a monitor for a reverse camera on all Double Cabs.
The Triton has a five-star safety rating from ANCAP and boasts some key safety features that include
Overall, Mitsubishi has covered the bases when it comes to safety in this ute.
There’s a huge range of accessories available for the Triton with several packs on offer that give you the basics depending on your needs.
Some of the most popular accessories include
Tritons come with the standard Mitsubishi 5-year 100,000km warranty which is two years more than both Ford and Toyota offer on their utes.
Mitsubishi also offers capped-price servicing, so you always know how much each service is going to cost you before you drive into the dealership.
The lowest recommended retail price is $22,300 for the single cab petrol engine Triton. Prices then climb all the way up to $48,000 for a top of the line Exceed while the lowest priced double cab is around $36,000.
The base model Triton is certainly a good option as a low-cost work vehicle. And while the models higher up the range may lack the spark of the HiLux or Ranger, the 5-year warranty gives the Triton a distinct advantage over its counterparts.
But before you make a beeline for your local Mitsubishi dealer, give us a call here at Carconnect. Not only will we find you the best deal on your chosen model but we might even be able to help you jump the waiting list and get your new Triton in your driveway in double quick time. We’ll even fill up the tank and take away your old ute for trade in while we’re at it.