TRITON RANGE REVEALED

TRITON GETS A NEW FACE AND ADDED SAFETY TECH.

WORDS JUSTIN WALKER

MITSUBISHI’s Triton ute has been revised for 2019, featuring revised exterior styling, a tweaked 4x4 system, and equal best-insegment safety and driver assist Alongside these updates the Triton carries over the 133kW/430Nm 2.4litre turbo-diesel engine and six-speed manual, but now offers a six-speed auto (up from the five-speed) with a taller final (sixth) gear ratio.

The independent coil spring front suspension is matched with a live-axle leaf-sprung rear that now sports dampers of a larger diameter (coil spring settings have been revised also). Triton’s offering of constant 4WD on sealed surfaces – via its Super Select II system – continues, albeit only in top-spec GLS and GLS Premium, and now includes off-road drive ‘modes’ (gravel, sand, mud/snow and rock). The GLS Premium is the only Triton variant to offer a rear diff-lock as standard. The front-end styling, dubbed ‘Dynamic Shield’ by Mitsubishi, is in line with the market segment trend of a more aggressive, tougher-looking ute.

A number of Triton models include Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) with pedestrian detection as standard. Oddly, in light of FCM being across a wide range of spec levels, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Lane Change Assist (LCA), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Ultrasonic misacceleration Mitigation System (UMS; designed to modulate throttle response in slow driving situations), Automatic High Beam (AHB) and Hill Descent Control (HDC) are all only available on GLS and GLS Premium. Hill Start Assist (HAS), Emergency Stop Signal function (ESS), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Active Stability Control (ASC), Trailer Stability Assist (TSA), Active Traction Control (ATC), ABS, EBD and Brake Override System (BOS) are all standard across the range. Add in myriad airbags (driver/ passenger front and side, curtain airbags and driver knee), Multi Around Monitor, a rear camera and front/rear parking sensors, and the new Triton has safety tech well covered.

Mitsubishi is claiming improved off-road capability thanks to improved approach, ramp-over and departure angles (31, 25 and 23 degrees respectively). The chassis, engine bay, cab and cargo bed joins have all been subject to reinforcement. GLS and GLS Premium have 18-inch alloys as standard, the rest of the range a mix of 16-inch steelies and alloys.

The cabin is relatively unchanged, with some styling tweaks and a welcome addition of roof-mounted air vents for rear passengers. Infotainment is via touchscreen set-ups from 6.1- to 7-inch in size. Surprisingly, only the GLX+, GLS and GLS Premium get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Only those three models get two USB connections – the rest of the range have one. Leather seats are confined to GLS Premium, with Premium acquiring power-assisted driver seat adjustment; GLS gets a “premium fabric seat trim”; the rest of the range cops regular fabric.

For those 4x4 ute buyers on a tighter budget, the well-proved mechanicals, manoeuvrable size and revised styling mean the Triton should continue to offer a compelling argument for buyers.