JOHANNESBURG – Mitsubishi revealed its first one-tonne pick-up back in 1978. Now, some four decades later, the Japanese company has launched the fifth-generation model here in South Africa, where it’s tasked with taking on big-sellers like the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger.
During the local launch at a game reserve on the Highveld, we had the chance to sample the top-spec Triton 2,4 DI-DC 4×4 auto derivative.
Of course, the most dramatic update to the Triton is its redesigned front-end, which now features the Japanese marque’s so-called “Dynamic Shield” design. Divisive it may be (I, for one, appreciate the angular styling), the refreshed Triton certainly turn heads. Even a couple of Ford Ranger drivers tilted their crowns ever so slightly on the day.
Interestingly, the rear design is still fairly conservative, featuring revised, P-shaped taillamps. This shape is carried over to the subtly revised interior, where elongated “P” inserts, finished in silver, now surround the central air vents. A seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system offers smartphone mirroring and Bluetooth connectivity, and is sited above a dual-zone climate control unit.
A highlight of this model’s cabin is the comfortable leather seating, which offers support aplenty. The driver’s and front passenger’s items, which feature thick side bolsters to keep their occupants in place when traversing rough terrain or during quick cornering, are especially impressive.
A ground clearance of 220 mm lends the Triton a commanding driving position, which can be fine-tuned to suit the driver’s individual preferences thanks to electrical adjustment for the pilot’s pew and manual, reach-and-rake adjustable for the steering column. Read more