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Mitsubishi’s 2010 Triton – More Power, More Safety, and Greater Load Capacity

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9th August, 2009

On the back of unprecedented sales throughout 2009, Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited (MMAL) has announced details of its 2010 model year Triton utility line-up. The 2010 Mitsubishi Triton offers a new, high powered turbo-diesel engine with class leading power, industry-leading safety standards including stability control and side and curtain airbags available on diesel dual-cab models, greater towing capacity, and an extended tray.

Robert McEniry, President and CEO of MMAL, said the company had decided to release details of the new vehicle early as strong demand for the current model had seen stocks quickly disappearing from Mitsubishi dealerships in the last few months.

“Triton is one of the mainstays of the Mitsubishi range and has always proved popular as a practical and rugged work vehicle that can take all the hard knocks thrown at it,” McEniry said.  “And, more recently, its recognised four-wheel drive capabilities and car-like comforts have seen it used for recreational activities as well.”

“The result is that this car is in great demand – so much so that June sales were the highest monthly sales ever recorded for Triton in this country, and now our stocks are running low. In light of this, we have decided to release details of the new 2010 Triton early, to let prospective buyers know just what a great vehicle we have in store for them.”

The big news for the 2010 Mitsubishi Triton range is the availability of a new, high-powered (HP) turbo diesel engine on four-wheel drive variants, which delivers the highest output and performance in this segment. This 2.5-litre power plant generates 131 kW of power at 4,000 rpm and 400 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm – up 11 per cent and 17 per cent respectively over the previous 4M41 3.2-litre engine – and delivers combined fuel economy figures of 8.3 litres per 100 km, a 9 per cent improvement, when matched to a manual transmission. Automatic variants generate a similar amount of power, 350 Nm of torque, and achieve a combined fuel economy figure of 9.3 litres per 100 km.

These enhanced figures have been achieved by improving engine performance through changes to the combustion chamber shape, optimised injector specifications, adding a variable geometry turbo charger and increasing turbo charging pressure. The two-wheel drive 2010 Triton range retains the popular 2.4 litre petrol engine and 2.5-litre diesel engine from the current line-up. The petrol engine generates 94 kW of power @ 5,250 rpm and 194 Nm of torque @ 4,000 rpm, offers economical fuel consumption figures of 10.9 litres per 100 km  and is coupled with a five-speed manual transmission. The diesel engine generates 100 kW @ 3,800 rpm and 314 Nm @ 2,000 rpm, and returns economy figures of 8.2- (manual) and 8.6- (automatic) litres per 100 kilometres.

Two automatic transmissions are available on HP diesel variants – the four-speed transmission carried over from the previous model sees smooth shifting as an option on all but the top-of-the-range Triton. The well appointed GLX-R model receives an electronically controlled five-speed automatic with sports-mode which provides operational improvement, performance improvement, and CO2 emission reduction.

Mitsubishi’s All Terrain Technology (MATT) is standard on all GLX-R models, and features the acclaimed Super Select four-wheel drive system, which includes Active Stability & Traction Control, Multi Mode ABS, Electronic Brake Force Distribution and an optional Diff Lock.

Given many Mitsubishi Tritons spend their week days toiling as an indispensible tool for their hard-working owners – then convert to family transport on week-ends - safety was a key priority when designing the new vehicle. All 2010 Tritons have standard driver and front passenger SRS airbags, front and rear door impact bars, ABS brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, front seat belt pretensioners and child restraint points.

Additional safety features available with the 2010 Mitsubishi Triton line-up confirm its position as the class-leader in this segment. Active stability and traction control is available on all HP diesel models and passenger side and curtain airbags are available on all HP diesel dual-cab models – and standard on GLX-R variants – and cement the Triton’s four star ANCAP rating.

Load carrying and towing are critical factors when choosing a work-and-play utility, and, in response to consumer feedback, Mitsubishi has gone all-out to improve both these important features on the 2010 Triton. The new, long-bed tray available on dual-cab Tritons offers a total tray length of 1,505 mm, and total tray height of 460 mm - an improvement in both directions of 14 per cent, perfect for sliding larger objects smoothly onto the utility bed.

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Towing capacities have also been increased, with the maximum towing capacity of the 2010 Triton four-wheel drive range up from 2,500 kg to 2,700 kg on the dual-cab four-by-fours with long bed and 3,000 kg on all other four-wheel drives.

The 2010 Mitsubishi Triton model range presents a clearer decision process for the consumer, with eight two-wheel drive variants – the petrol powered manual GL cab chassis and GLX dual-cab, and automatic or manual diesel powered GLX cab chassis and dual-cab and GL-R dual-cab. The new HP 2.5 litre engine is available on four-wheel drive models in either manual or automatic transmissions in GLX single-cabs and dual-cabs, GL-R dual-cabs or GLX-R dual-cabs.

Along with the enhanced rugged styling the long-bed tray brings to selected variants in the 2010 Mitsubishi Triton, exterior features have been upgraded with new front bumpers, grille and side-turning lamps, while inside, new seat fabric and seat pads, available sports seats and new instrument cluster, floor console treatments, along with a new sound system, increase the vehicle’s intrinsic comfort for both driver and passenger.

Central purchasing decision criteria in the commercial vehicle market are maintenance and running costs, and the 2010 Triton line-up leads the pack with its comprehensive five year/130,000 whole vehicle warranty, backed up by its 10 year/160,000 km powertrain warranty and a five year/unlimited kilometre roadside assistance package.

Pricing for the new 2010 Triton range is yet to be revealed; however, Mitsubishi has indicated that there will be no “sticker shock” associated with the comprehensive upgrade in features this vehicle represents.

“The new Triton answers all the questions our owners have asked of us. While they appreciated its unique styling and recognised four-wheel drive ability, they wanted a more rugged looking vehicle, with class-leading diesel power, industry leading safety features and greater carrying capacity,” McEniry said.

“And the 2010 Triton delivers on all accounts.”


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