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ROAD TEST:   Mitsubishi Triton GLX-R   (diesel/auto)

by Ken Walker

29th April, 2009

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While in Melbourne recently I took on the task of having a 'run' in the ML series Mitsubishi Triton diesel automatic double cab 4 x 4 utility for a week. Regularly, each day I was out and about in the Triton.

The ML series was introduced in Australia in July 2006 and has been a consistently good seller for Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited (MMAL). It remained unchanged mechanically until July 2007, when automatic transmission became an option with the 3.2 litre diesel engine.Automatic transmission was always an option on the petrol V6 powered vehicles from the series introduction.

The Triton is an excellent driving package, with good visibility all round due its very adequate ground clearance of 200 mm and minimal A and B pillars. Tilt adjustable steering column aids the driver in selecting a comfortable seating and driving position.The 4 speed automatic T-shift lever easily falls into the driver's hand for those who may wish to use this package as a clutch-less manual. However, I prefer the full automatic useage. Why do things the hard way? MMAL is still a little behind some of its competitors, in this class of vehicle, as some now offer a 5 speed automatic gearbox.The same could be said of the outdated 3.2 diesel power plant; perhaps we will see an improvement here with the introduction of the same engine recently fitted the newly released Pajero.

But there are a few features of this package that does make sense and, for me, a lot of appeal.That is the centre piece of glass in the rear cabin window that has an auto up/down with the switch on the centre console near where the driver would be resting his/her arm. This window can be down with very little wind noise and greatly assists with cooling down the passenger area on hot days. Also the glass can be left down a little to stop heat build-up in the cab on high temperature days without leaving an entry point for would be thieves.

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A wide variety of Triton utes are on the local market. A 4x2 cab/chassis is available from $20,990 (RRP), whilst 4x4 models begin at $32,490 (RRP).

The upmarket test 'car', a Mitsubishi Triton GLX-R double cab utility with diesel engine and automatic transmission has a starting price of $49,990 (RRP), without options.

The GLX-R is only available with 4 wheel drive.

Popular options for the GLX-R include metallic/pearlescent paint ($450), side and curtain airbags ($850) and diff lock ($700).

The Next Car team have sampled other models in the Triton line-up in the past and we still have no real complaints with this package. Its ride, comfort and versatility exceeds all our demands whatever the situation and there is nothing more to say. The mechanical specifications are unchanged, as are its capabilities on and off road.


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