Get the Triton or be contrite

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The all new Triton comes with class-leading ride and handling levels and a 2.4L diesel engine that takes on its rivals with ease. The standard box styling theme in the truck segment changed when the Triton came along 8 years ago.

The Triton comes with chunky sharp edge styling and muscular lines. It is the nose that attracts attention as it is chrome filled and aggressive.

Under the hood

With peak power of 181PS and maximum torque of 430 Nm this MIVEC 2.4L diesel engine with VVT technology is no slouch. It features 16-valves, double overhead camshafts, second-generation common rail technology and a variable nozzle turbocharger which is said to deliver much lower emissions and better power.

Its four-wheel drive system is driver-selectable via an easy to use rotary switch on the centre console and confirmed by a dashboard mode indicator.

In 2WD, power is delivered to the rear wheels, but once four-wheel drive (4H) is electrically engaged, torque is split on a 50/50 basis between the front and rear axles to cope with slippery conditions.

With 4H selected it can still be driven on bitumen much like a AWD vehicle, providing additional safety and sure footedness in slippery conditions. For real off-road work, 4L can be selected.

Steering is power-assisted rack and pinion, while the braking system has ventilated discs up front, and, like most in the segment, drums at the rear.

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High safety

Mitsubishi provides 7- SRS airbags and it has seats for 5 passengers, so all are very well looked after.

Also included is Forward Collision Mitigation, Blind Spot Warning with Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert Auto High Beam, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist all as standard features. It has been awarded an ASEAN NCAP 5-Star safety rating.

Interior features

This Triton challenges the segment leader in interior comfort. Truck owners want added comfort and those don’t venture off-road want a family-friendly vehicle which this truck delivers.

The front seats are comfortable and supportive with an adjustable driver’s seat cushion making all the difference, a feature missing in most of its rivals. It is equipped with an in-dash entertainment unit delivering very decent sound and incorporates a Bluetooth system.

There is central locking, climate control air-conditioning and a rear bench seat that is surprisingly comfortable for a truck. The rear bench seat flips up on a 60/40 split to create extra storage space.

Power windows and mirrors, remote central locking, alloy wheels, side steps, leather-bound steering wheel with cruise control and a similar level of fit and finish to its main rivals complete the package.

The Drive

When it comes to on-road ability and comfort, the Triton is ahead of the others. It steers, corners, grips and goes in a manner more reminiscent of a large car or SUV.

The accommodation for driver and front seat passenger is arguably betters than its competitors. Passenger comfort is good at the rear too due to its ride height.

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The elderly might have some difficulty getting up and into the cabin, but once inside they will have no issue. On the open road, the Triton belies its size and feels ‘light’ and car-like.

The new 6-speed gearbox is smooth and easily works its way up and down the ratios. On winding roads, its abilities will have you believing that you can chuck it into corners, which you can within reason.

When pushed, the Triton’s diesel engine is smooth and sounds rather sedate. not as noisy as other diesels.

Final word

Mitsubishi provides a 200,00 km or 5-year warranty which is peace of mind for buyers. Pricing starts from RM100,200 for the base manual version and works up to RM135,200 for the high specification model test driven here.

The new Triton is very possibly the start of a new and exciting SUV from Mitsubishi and may replicate the success of the Pajero Sport which is still a handsome and well equipped SUV.

Mitsubishi Triton VGT Adventure X Pickup Specifications

ENGINE: 4-Cylinder, MIVEC DI-D Common Rail Turbo

DISPLACEMENT: 2442cc

TRANSMISSION: 6-Speed Auto with Sport Mode

MAX POWER: 181PS @ 3500rpm

MAX TORQUE: 430Nm @ 2500rpm

TOP SPEED: 180km/h

0-100KM/H: NA

PRICE: RM135,200.00

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