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Mitsubishi’s Diesel Two-Wheel Drive GLX Triton Utility Arrives



2nd May, 2008

Mitsubishi Triton

Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited (MMAL) has announced the arrival of a new addition to its popular two-wheel drive Triton utility range - an all-new highly specified GLX  2.5-litre Common Rail Direct Injection Diesel engine model.

Generating 100 kW of power @ 3,800 rpm and a handy 314 Nm of torque @ 2,000 rpm, the new 16-valve inter-cooled turbo 2.5-litre diesel Triton is sure to appeal to small business owners, couriers and trades people who require safe, comfortable and economical transport for both business and private use.

Powerful and efficient, durable and reliable, and offering economical fuel efficiency with low vibration and engine noise, Triton adopts  the company’s renowned 2.5-litre Common Rail Diesel engine which delivers ample torque at low speeds while greatly reducing emissions through efficient fuel injection.

Welcoming the addition to the popular Triton utility line-up, Robert McEniry, president and chief executive officer of MMAL, noted the diesel variant’s timely arrival.

“Over the last twelve months, Mitsubishi has enjoyed a 40 per cent sales increase in the two-wheel drive utility segment, thanks to the arrival of our 2.4-litre petrol engine variant early last year. With today’s high fuel prices and the increased focus on environmental efficiencies, the new 2.5-litre diesel Triton model offers yet another economical option to our two-wheel drive utility customers.

“In addition, the specification levels of the new diesel Triton range are outstanding, with features such as cruise control, ABS with EBD and LSD giving the vehicle a huge advantage over its competitors, in terms of active and passive safety, economy and driver comfort,” Mr McEniry said.

Cruise control improves ease of driving and increased fuel economy, ABS with EBD delivers safer and more efficient braking regardless of load and road surface conditions and LSD provides overall surefootedness.

Both single cab and dual cab body styles are available in the new diesel Triton, and either a standard five-speed manual gearbox with triple cone synchroniser for first, second and third gears or optional four-speed automatic transmission which offers smooth, intelligent gear shifts is available.

Standard safety specifications include Mitsubishi’s RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) body system with front crumple zones to absorb collision energy as well as reinforced supports, including side intrusion bars, to further protect the vehicle’s occupants. Dual front driver SRS airbags, ABS braking system with Electronic Brake Force Distribution and seatbelt pre-tensioners are also standard on all 2.5 litre diesel variants.

All models ride on Mitsubishi’s tried and tested front double wishbone coil suspension system with front stabiliser bars and rear leaf springs, with 16 inch front disc brakes and 11.6 inch rear drums with a 10 inch single master vacuum booster. These underpinnings, together with standard Electronic Brake Force Distribution, ensure the 2.5-litre diesel Triton range offers stable handling and a comfortable ride no matter what cargo the vehicle is carrying. Power steering is standard on all variants and the 2.5-litre diesel Triton delivers a tight 5.7 metre minimum turning radius for greater manoeuvrability and safety (11.8 metre turning circle).

The GLX 2.5-litre diesel Triton’s interior offers the comforts Mitsubishi customers have come to expect from their vehicles, no matter whether their primary purpose is reserved for business or pleasure – or both.  Hard-wearing functionality is combined with comfort and style and features such as cruise control, air conditioning, power windows, central locking with remote keyless entry, variable intermittent windscreen wipers and 16-inch steel wheels are all standard on the new diesel variant.

Single cab – cab chassis or utility – feature a cloth split front bench seat on manual variants, with sport type front seats to automatic transmission models.  Dual-cab models include front sport seats with front slide and recline function and a rear bench seat.

A focal point of the Triton utility line-up has always been its fresh form and dynamic styling and the story continues with the latest addition to the vehicle’s range. Both inside and out, the new Triton offers an impressive outlook which sets it apart from other utilities available on the Australian market and its daring styling has confirmed its appeal to the target market. Proudly bearing Mitsubishi’s global styling theme of sharp lines and chunky detail, the Triton’s dramatically curved body/bed split is an established winner in its segment.

This advanced external styling has additional benefits, offering significant interior space to the Triton 2.5-litre two-wheel drive.  Clever internal packaging ensures the vehicle’s cabin offers impressive driver and passenger room, including excellent front headroom and rear legroom dimensions. Wide door openings aid ingress and egress and the enlarged cabin provides increased visibility and comfort.

To offset the vehicle’s dynamic good looks, a wide range of external colours is available including Cool Silver, Red Plant and Gunmetal metallic shades, Black Mica and Platoon pearlescent finishes, as well as Australia’s favourite, White.

The new 2.5-litre diesel two-wheel drive Triton will join the extended Triton family which includes a selection of 2.4-litre petrol or 3.5-litre V6 petrol engines on the 4X2 and the 3.5-litre V6 petrol or a 3.2-litre CDI diesel engines on the 4X4, and cab chassis, utility or dual cab body styles.

Versatile and tough yet comfortable and generously appointed, the Triton utility can turn its hand to almost anything. Its bold, powerful styling ensures it stands out on the road, while its impressive list of safety features and high-quality build make it strong, reliable and a pleasure to drive.

Robert McEniry said the 4X2 diesel automatic was a welcome addition to the Triton family.

“We now have an extensive range of tough, reliable vehicles with variants to suit any need,” he said. “Customer feedback suggests the two-wheel drive diesel – especially with the automatic transmission - is a variant that will find great popularity in the market and we expect it to do very well.”

Priced from $22,990 (RRP) for the single cab model and $28,990 (RRP) for the dual cab model, the new 2.5-litre diesel Triton models are on sale now at Mitsubishi’s national dealer network of over 200 dealers.

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