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Road Test


Mitsubishi Triton GLX 4x4   (diesel/manual)


Try Triton .... that's our advice!

by Ken Walker

31st July, 2008


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We spend a lot of time on the road and this time it is with the Mitsubishi Triton double cab 4x4 GLX utility. GLX being the base model in the ML series Triton 4x4 range and a cab-chassis version is also available. A 3.2 litre Direct Injection-Diesel (DI-D) provides power of 118 kW at 3,800 revs per minute (rpm) through a 5 speed manual gearbox.  The 4 cylinder common rail engine is Euro IV compliant and is a good solid 'work horse' that provides 343 Nm to the driving wheels. The 3.2 litre power plant is also available in Mitsubishi's Pajero range, albeit with different power and torque levels.

The Triton is a big seller for Mitsubishi. With its well presented build quality, paint finish and stylish body design, it stand out from other vehicles with double (and single) cab utility bodies. Entry to the package is via a remote keyless system that locks/unlocks all the doors. Even though this may be the entry level vehicle in the Triton range some things are necessary and the keyless remote system is one of those things. Another such thing would be the hands free Bluetooth connectivity, although standard on the higher spec models it is an optional extra on the GLX and would be a definite boon to the highly mobile tradie in today’s world.

We took the package out to one of our favourite bush tracks to put it through its off-road paces and completed the track without any problems. This was despite running on light truck tyres fitted to the standard steel rims. As with all the Triton models, a full size spare is fitted. We liked the firm, comfortable seats which provided good support and a really good driving position. The steering column is adjustable for height (up/down) and a left foot rest is provided. Power steering is fitted as a standard item across the range, as is power windows with an auto down function for the driver's window. Entertainment, apart from passenger conversations, is provided via a 4 speaker AM/FM radio with single CD which is MP3 compatible. Standard air conditioning further enhances driving and travelling in this ute. To select 4x4 high or low ranges there is a dial on the dash facia to select .... very handy and no longer is the driver required to get out to lock in the front hubs. They are auto locking once selected.

There are not too many downsides to the Triton, but one we noticed was the braking system. Mitsubishi has fitted drum brakes to the rear axle whilst some competitors now fit disc brakes all round. However, we must say that the brakes were very effective and always brought the package to a standstill in a straight line, even on gravel roads. ABS and EBD is a $1,000 option on the GLX, but standard on the GLX-R and GLS versions. We would like to see ABS, EBD and ESP standard on every vehicle that is sold in this country. You cannot have too many safety features!

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Cargo capacity is up to 1,025 kilogrammes for the Triton 4x4 diesel. This capacity puts the Triton 4x4 diesels in the bracket for trades people that need a work/play vehicle. Indeed, this is an excellent package for such a purpose. Tray length is 1,325 mm and the width between the wheel arches is 1,085 mm. Towing capacity for trailers with electric brakes is 2,300 kg. Unbraked trailers are restricted to 750 kg. Maximum download on the tow ball is 230 kg. Triton 4x4 requires 11.8 metres to complete a u-turn.

Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited offers a huge range of accessories for those motorists who would like their vehicle to stand out from the basic form in which it is delivered.

Current pricing for the Mitsubishi Triton 4x4 double cab utility, with 3.2 litre diesel and manual transmission, is from $39,990 (RRP). The expansive range of Tritons cover a very broad range of prices to account for the numerous variations of engine, drivetrain, body and trim levels.

On this occasion, we conclude by saying that the Triton GLX 5 speed manual dual cab with the diesel engine is a very worthy unit and should not be over looked if this is the style of vehicle you need for work or for that weekend escape.

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