The new 2016 Mitsubishi Triton aims to improve on the tried and tested toughness of the model it replaces. Let’s find out if this updated model has closed the gap between it and the segment leaders.
The new-generation Triton is built upon the existing model’s underpinnings, though they’ve been thoroughly reworked for better comfort and performance.
Under the bonnet is a new 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine that produces 133kW of power and 430Nm of torque – that’s 2kW and 30Nm more than the old engine, which was a 2.5-litre unit.
There’s also a new look, including this polarising front-end design. At the back end, the styling of the Triton means it looks like it boasts a larger than average tray for a dual-cab, but it measures 1.52 metres long and 1.47m wide – smaller than many of its rivals.
The Triton can’t match the best in class for its claimed braked towing capacity, which is rated at 3.1 tonnes, and in this spec the payload is just 935kg – well down on the best in the business.
Behind the wheel Mitsubishi has addressed a major gripe with the previous Triton - the seating position. The new model has a revised seat mounting position and redesigned seats as well.
Also making things more comfortable, especially for taller drivers, is the tilt and reach adjustable steering wheel. And, strangely enough, this range-topping Exceed model gets paddleshifters.
The interior still features some hard plastic surfaces but the way Mitsubishi has mated two different grey plastics means it looks a bit more upmarket than some rivals.
This model also has a standard reverse-view camera, and the Exceed’s media screen also has satellite navigation and digital radio, as well as dual-zone climate control. Let’s look at the back seat.
Triton was once a leader in rear room, but the new model is a bit cramped when compared to some of its competitors.
The first thing you notice when you drive the new Triton is that it’s much quieter than before.
The engine itself is also a huge improvement – it is less laggy than its predecessor, with a nice wave of torque available from about 1700rpm.
Teamed with a much-improved five-speed automatic, the drivetrain is notably more refined and user-friendly whether you’re pottering around town on cruising on the highway.
Fuel consumption is also greatly improved, now just 7.6L/100km.
Mitsubishi has also added a new four-wheel drive system, Super Select 2, which allows you to switch on the fly and leave the ute in four wheel drive when you return to civilization.
There’s no doubt that the 2016 Mitsubishi Triton is the best Triton you’ve ever been able to buy. It’s a significant step forward from the outgoing model especially in terms of refinement and interior ambience.
Despite that, the new Triton isn’t the segment leader. For our money, the Ford Ranger is still the pick of the current high-spec dual cab brigade while the Volkswagen Amarok remains the refinement leader especially on road.