I’m not sure Mitsubishi’s definition of ‘All New’ and mine are quite the same, but I have to agree with, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. I’ve always loved the shape of the current (now fifth-generation) shape Triton; that swept-forward design of the rear of the cab (and wellside, if it has one) is a breath of fresh air among other utes which really just look the same. It seems weird saying a breath of fresh air – this design of the Triton has been with us for 10 years. But it still rocks. And for this new release, the Club Cab makes a comeback. At last those with a yearning for small suicide doors for access to the rear seat will be happy.

mitsubishi-triton-clubcab

Apparently this is the first full redesign of the Triton in 9 years, and let’s face it, they’ve had some pretty stiff competition with regular updates of other manufacturers’ utes, and yet the Triton soldiered on looking the same with a few tweaks now and then.  And that’s not even mentioning the increased competition from new players on the ute block, like VW’s Amarok, the Indian-manufactured Mahindra and the Chinese-made Great Wall V240.  I’ve got to say I pity the ute buyer in New Zealand; for a small country, we have a huge range of utes to choose from. If you are brand-loyal, that makes it a whole lot easier, otherwise be prepared to do lots of research and comparisons.

mitsubishi-triton-exterior2

Back to the Triton. According to a Mitsubishi spokesman, “here’s a go-anywhere, one-tonne ute that’s as tough as nails yet drives and feels like a smooth, quiet luxury sedan.” That’s a pretty tough call to make, and we’ll reserve judgement on that until we test the Triton out – but the changes to the Triton sure lean towards comfort. For this all-new Triton, there has been “a vast leap ahead in interior space and comfort, NVH enhancements, a bigger tray capacity, a stronger body, a driver’s knee air bag, significantly greater torque, less frequent servicing, and multiple other technical refinements”.

Judging by the photos, the interior at least looks pretty luxury car-like, and not your average builder’s ute. In fact Mitsubishi are so confident, they are predicting sales of the Triton to almost double, to 2,500 per year.

mitsubishi-triton-interior

Let’s talk torque – the name of the game for load-hauling utes. Big torque numbers are no good if your ute is too heavy. Mitsubishi claims the Triton has the highest figures for torque to weight ratio for the class, leading to the lowest for fuel economy – and then chuck in the best turning circle too.

The Triton comes with the all-new 2.4DiD MIVEC engine, an all-new 6-speed manual gearbox and the double cab 4WD model comes with a 3,100kg tow rating. Other goodies across the range include hillstart assist, a 6-inch touchscreen display (with reversing camera on wellside models) and a driver’s knee airbag. The GLS goes right up market with very un-ute like features such as push button start, paddle shift and auto wipers/lights.

I do have to say that the 10-year warranty is probably pretty attractive to a lot of buyers, and is the only ute to offer this. While most won’t own their Triton for that long, a 10-year warranty gives good peace of mind at least. Add to that an anticipated 5-Star safety rating and your choice just got harder to make.

And prices? They remain the same as the outgoing model, and this fifth-generation Triton goes on sale on April 1. No joke.

TRITON 2WD DIESEL

2WD GLX Diesel Single Cab Chassis Manual

TK1GLX22

$34,790.00

 

2WD GLXR Diesel Double Cab Manual

TK1GLXR47

$45,120.00

 

2WD GLXR Diesel Double Cab Auto

TK2GLXR47

$47,120.00

 

TRITON 4WD DIESEL

4WD GLX Diesel Single Cab Chassis Manual

TK5GLX22

$44,190.00

 

4WD GLX Diesel Club Cab Chassis Manual

TK5GLX23

$45,190.00

 

4WD GLX Diesel Double Cab Chassis Manual

TK5GLX42

$46,490.00

 

4WD GLX Diesel Double Cab Manual

TK5GLX47

$51,990.00

 

4WD GLX Diesel Double Cab Auto

TK6GLX47

$53,990.00

 

4WD GLS Diesel Double Cab Manual

TK5GLS47

$57,490.00

 

4WD GLS Diesel Double Cab Auto

TK6GLS47

$59,490.00

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How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on www.usa2nz.co.nz. We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm also an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.

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