2016 Mitsubishi Triton Road Test and Review.
The reason? Well there were two. Firstly, I hadn’t had a drive of the new Triton (an important fact) and secondly, based purely on the superficial in the extreme – I just don’t like the styling.
The grille in particular! What was Mitsubishi thinking? The rest of the Triton, which really isn’t all that different to the very popular previous generation model looks alright though.
So what’s it like? How does it stack up against the competition? Very well actually, I can now see why so many Australian dual-cab ute buyers are being able to see past the chrome grille and give the new Mitsubishi Triton a go.
Reminiscent of the new Nissan Navara, Mitsubishi has given the 2016 Mitsubishi Triton an interior that wouldn’t look out of place in a Lancer (or some other Mitsubishi passenger car, if they had any others, alright the Mirage, yes, but that doesn’t really count).
I digress. Yes, the interior is a big improvement over the previous model and the rear legroom, the first area I check in a dual-cab ute, was as good as any of its rivals.
The good bits in the Triton cabin are the comfortable seats, the inclusion of tilt and reach steering adjust, clear gauges, good visibility from the driver’s seat (albeit rear left ¾ visibility is poor, common on dual-cab utes), generously-sized glove box and nicely-sized centre storage area.
Things that let it down are the quite hard armrests and that to manipulate the trip computer you have to put your hand through the steering wheel and push the old fashion odometer reset type button.
The new infotainment system and touchscreen in the Triton though gets a pass mark. It isn’t the best system in the world, especially losing a point or two for some small buttons and complicated controls, but having a digital radio is a bonus.
While features such as sat-nav and a reverse camera only feature on the top-spec Mitsubishi Triton Exceed (the model I tested).
On the road the Mitsubishi diesel engine is as smooth and quiet as any of its competitors. I used an average of just 9.0L/100kms during my week of city driving in the Triton and that really is excellent.
I was also really pleased to see that Mitsubishi has tightened up the Triton steering and made it much more direct. Previously it was like trying to turn a battleship! Not so now, the turning circle in particular was impressive.
If you want your new Triton to be painted in any other colour than white, be prepared to hand over an additional $550 and the new model Triton boasts a full five-star ANCAP safety rating.
Summing it up; I loathe the chrome grille but I really like the way the new Triton goes about its business. Australian car buyers aren’t silly and that’s why this is Mitsubishi’s best-selling model here and a mainstay in the Australian car sales top ten.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 Mitsubishi Triton Exceed
Engine: 2.4 litre turbo-diesel producing 133kW and 430Nm
Transmission: Five-speed automatic (only)
Safety: Five star
Price: from $47,790