Mitsubishi sold 19,990 4x4 Tritons in 2014 and 805 more again in 2015. In both years the Triton ranked third overall in 4x4 sales. Seeing that evidence, youíd think that nothing much has changed from 2014 to 2015, but thatís not the case.
At the end of the first quarter in 2015 Mitsubishi introduced a new-generation model, the MQ, which replaced the MN model.
In creating the MQ, Mitsubishi took the previous MN, pulled it apart, and then put it back together with an all-new 2.4-litre engine, a new six-speed manual gearbox, a new transfer case, tweaked suspension and a slightly bigger and far more polished cabin. The five-speed automatic that was previously only available on the top-spec GLX-R model also became available across the range, relegating the old four-speed auto to history.
Towards the end of the previous MNís modellife it sold well, partly due to heavy discounting.
When the new MQ arrived, Mitsubishi dropped the discounting but still priced the new model sharply. Very sharply, in fact.
The Triton is unique among 4x4 utes, in a number of ways. First, it is a good deal smaller than most of its competitors and canít match the class leaders in terms of payloads or towing capacity. The fact that most of the tray of the dual-cab model overhangs the rear axle is also a negative when it comes to carrying heavy loads.
But the Triton is more manoeuvrable than most, thanks to its relatively short wheelbase and it has sporty feel to the way it steers and handles.
Mid- and top-spec models also offer full-time 4x4 in the form of Mitsubishiís ĎSuper Selectí system, which also incorporates a 2WD mode. This adds greatly to the Tritonís functionality and safety.
The Tritonís strong sales are even more remarkable given that the model range is nowhere near as extensive as that of the Hilux or the Ranger. The exterior styling also hasnít won many fans Ė especially the styling of the cartoon-like grille, but if youíre after value in a new 4x4 ute, the Triton is certainly the first place to start looking.