Mitsubishi has ditched what it described as a ‘sporty design’ for the Triton mid-size ute and opted for what it calls a tougher-looking truck for 2019.
A midlife update usually brings some design tweaks to the grille and bumper, but Mitsubishi has gone a few steps beyond this with its MY19 Triton ute that arrives less than four years into the current version’s life cycle.
The company has completely redesigned the front, adding its familiar ‘dynamic shield’ face and making the side-view more buff. It’s prouder, bolder and more macho, which is exactly what ute buyers want.
The passenger cabin remains the same, but all the exterior metal has been replaced with a bolder, boxier design which brings the Triton into line with more modern elements of the Mitsubishi line-up. There are also four new colours, including a pearlescent white, a burnt orange and a flat red.
Mitsubishi’s Best Seller
Mitsubishi’s Triton ranks third in the new-4×4 sales race behind the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger – Australia’s best-selling vehicles in 2018 – which is an impressive result considering competition such as the Colorado, Nissan Navara, Isuzu D-Max and VW Amarok.
Price is core to the appeal of Triton. Mitsubishi can credit its sales to heavy discounting and great drive-away deals that have always made the Triton a good value-for-money vehicle for both private and fleet buyers, but it’s not a cheap, stripped-out vehicle. It entices practical value-shoppers who’ve long loved the Triton’s price tag and reliability.
The layout of the cabin isn’t much different, though there is some extra stitching and silver plastic inserts scattered about. Higher grades also get roof-mounted air vents. Plus, rear passengers will be happy with two USB points for the back seat, a new storage area, and a B-pillar-mounted grab handle to help you climb up.
The dash is home to a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. There’s also a neat 360-degree overhead camera like the Navara’s available, but with better resolution.
Under the bonnet
The engine is familiar, a 2.4-litre turbo-diesel. Power is 133kW at 3500rpm and maximum torque is 420Nm at 2500rpm. The tow rating remains 3.1 tonne.A major replacement is the axing of the old five-speed automatic gearbox in favour of a new six-speed unit.
Other new tech in the 2019 model includes a suite of driver’s aid technologies such as Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM/AEB), Blind Spot Warning and Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System which cuts engine power if you accidentally move forwards or backwards from standstill towards an object and don’t brake (perhaps engaging R instead of D, for example). There is also a stop/start system to cut fuel use and improve emissions
Time for a new set of wheels?
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