MITSUBISHI TRITON

Triton is one of Australia's best utes

Triton is one of Australia's best utes

Need to know

The Mitsubishi 'MQ' Triton is a long-overdue upgrade (like the NP300 Nissan Navara). On paper it's not quite up there with the best-in-class utes currently on sale. (For example, it's a little down on engine output compared with Colorado, BT-50 and Ranger, and about 400kg light-on for towing compared with those three.) But in the flesh the Triton is a rewarding drive, with good performance.

Mitsubishi is going after the 'suits in utes' market aggressively - targeting families and professionals with the GLS and Exceed models and pitching the Triton as a real alternative to a wagon-type SUV, which it is, up to a point. Pricing and features make the Triton worth a good look, as does the long warranty and extended service interval.

LOVE

  • Excellent value plus good performance
  • Astounding performance from a small-displacement diesel
  • Well featured for recreation and daily driving in the upper models
  • Although it looks a little inferior on paper, the performance is there (for example, the slight - 400kg - deficit in tow capacity compared with the best utes there is mitigated by an excellent GCM, allowing you to tow near the limit with a full load on board. That's something the others can't claim.)
  • Safe
  • Excellent warranty
  • Annual service intervals (for ordinary drivers)

HATE

  • Would it really have been that hard to find a six-speed auto, or to match the leading utes on other objective criteria (engine performance, tow capacity, etc.)?

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SPECIFICATIONS

2.4 DIESEL
Power: 133 kW @ 3500 rpm
Torque 430 Nm @ 2500 rpm
Economy: 7.6 L/100km

Transmission: 5 sp auto or 6 sp manual
Manufactured: Thailand 
Length: 5280 mm (dual cab ute)
Width: 1815 mm
Height: 1780 mm
Kerb weight: 1950 kg (GLS)
Maximum tow capacity: 3100 kg
Seating Capacity: Five
Safety: Five-star ANCAP
Warranty: 5 years / 100,000 kilometres
Service interval: 12 months or 15,000 km (whichever comes first)
Spare wheel: Full-sized

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