The ute market is heating up, and Mitsubishi is doing their bit to add fuel the fire with their Mitsubishi Triton 2018 range. The Triton is Mitsubishi’s take on what a ute should be, and with single and dual cab options, two and four-wheel drive versions, workhorse models and an upmarket dual-purpose family-oriented version, the Triton range certainly has something which can appeal to all motorists.
Powering almost every new Mitsubishi Triton is a 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel which behaves well when applying the power. The design is modern and performs admirably despite a relatively small capacity when stacked up against other brands. Fuel economy is more than reasonable for this size vehicle, with 7.0 litres/100km when opting for the manual-gearbox, 2WD single cab, to 7.6 litres/100km for the automatic 4WD dual cabs.
The entry level range gets you a Triton GLX single-cab with 2WD, a basic work-horse which can get the job done at a few thousand dollars less and it is powered by a 2.4-litre petrol engine using a five-speed manual box.
As with every ute, the longer the cabin, the shorter the tray but you will still be able to fit all the kids while having enough space for the tent and camping gear. White and red are the standard colours, so if you need more variety in your colour choices, other options are available at a reasonable extra cost.
Feature wise the GLS and Exceed Tritons have tons of smartphone connectivity options. Oddly, for reasons only known to Mitsubishi, they decided to remove the CD option in the more expensive models, while leaving it in the cheaper range. Alloy wheels on the upper end of the range, while looking the part, are not as easy to repair as the steel wheels fitted on to the less expensive models.
Comfort plays a big role in the design of the Mitsubishi Triton 2018 range as the cabins have adopted a luxurious feel that was noticeably absent from models of years past. Cabs are fitted with comfortable and roomy seats and a steering wheel with adjustable tilt.
Unlike other utes, driving the Triton feels as easy as driving any regular passenger vehicle, and still maintains a decent turning circle despite its longer length than every passenger car. The smaller turning circle is mostly attributable to its shorter wheelbase.
As far as diesel engines go there is more than enough power to go around but expect the usual rough ride when taking the Triton out on roads that aren’t as well maintained as in the suburbs. Plus, be aware that the less weight you have in the tray the rougher the ride will feel, but that is true for most vehicles in this class.
Tritons maintain a high safety standard for drivers and passengers, with 7 airbags and electronic stability control fitted across the entire range – including the basic petrol driven workhorse. Triton Double Cabs have a rear reversing camera installed as a standard feature.
The Triton GLS and Exceed models can use four-wheel drive even on sealed roads, a feature absent from most other 4WD utes which can improve traction and stability during wet conditions, and even more so while towing. In April of 2015, all Tritons were awarded five stars by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).
The 2018 Tritons have a sportier feel than most other vehicles in this class due to a lighter body, which also benefits in extra steering precision. Taking any of the 4WD models off-road is a pleasant experience but beware of the extra rear overhang, a consequence of the shorter wheelbase. A rear differential lock means the Triton Exceed is the most capable version in this range when traversing difficult terrain.
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