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by George Skentzos

Mitsubishi Australia has today announced the arrival of its 2010 Triton utility line-up.

The 2010 Triton range offers a new engine, generous safety features included as standard, a greater towing capacity and an extended tray.

The most important inclusion is the availability of a new high-powered turbo-diesel engine on four-wheel-drive variants which deliver the highest output and performance in this segment.

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This 2.5-litre powerplant generates peak power of 131kW at 4000rpm and 400Nm at 2000rpm – an 11 per cent and 17 per cent improvement respectively over the previous 3.2-litre engine.

Combined fuel economy stands at just 8.3 litres per 100km when mated to the manual transmission – a 9 per cent improvement – although automatic variants are slightly disadvantaged with only 350Nm and economy of 9.3 litres per 100km.

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These improved figures have been achieved through changes to the combustion chamber shape, optimized injector specifications, adding a variable geometry turbo charger and increasing turbo charging pressure.

The two-wheel-drive Triton range keeps the 2.4-litre petrol and 2.5-litre diesel engines from the current line-up, generating 94kW/194Nm and 100kW/314Nm respectively.

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A new automatic electronically controlled five-speed automatic with sports-mode has also been added for the GLX-R model 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.

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All 2010 Tritons have standard driver and front passenger SRS airbags, front and rear door impact bars, ABS brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, front seatbelt pretensioners and child restraint points.

Towing capacities have also been increased, with the maximum towing capacity of the 2010 Triton four-wheel drive range up from 2500kg to 2700kg on dual-cab 4x4s with long bed and 3000kg on all other four-wheel drives.

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Exterior features have also been upgraded with new front bumpers, grille and side-turning lamps, while inside there is a new seat fabric and seat pads, optional sports seats and new instrument cluster, floor console treatments and a new sound system.




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