The 2016 Mitsubishi Triton has arrived in Australia, sporting new diesel drivetrains, Australian-influenced dynamics, a host of new convenience and technology features, heavily revised exterior styling, and an overhauled, more car-like cabin.
Mitsubishi Australia’s new-generation Triton ute range will initially include 10 variants spanning three body styles (single-cab, club-cab and dual-cab), three trim levels (GLX, GLS and Exceed), two transmissions (six-speed manual and five-speed automatic) and two drive systems (rear- and four-wheel drive).
The entry GLX 4x2 single-cab chassis manual kicks off the range at $24,490 plus on-road costs, which is $1500 more than the base diesel variant in the previous range (the GL), though prices at the top end have fallen, with the headline Exceed priced at $47,490, making it $750 less than its GLX-R predecessor.
Powering all launch variants is a new 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that produces 133kW at 3500rpm and 430Nm at 2500rpm – up 2kW and a significant 80Nm over the old 2.5-litre unit it replaces.
The engine pairs with two new transmissions: a six-speed manual (up from the old five-speed) and an optional ($2500) five-speed automatic that’s a new version of the Aisin gearbox from the Pajero.
Despite the meatier torque number, the 2016 Triton’s combined cycle fuel consumption improves between 11 and 21 per cent, with the most frugal variant – the 4x2 single-cab chassis manual – using 7.0 litres per 100 kilometres, and the thirstiest variant – the 4x4 dual-cab pick-up auto) using 7.6L/100km.
An entry-level 94kW 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine paired with a five-speed manual transmission will be offered in the new Triton from late 2015.
Mitsubishi says the 2016 Triton has been “heavily influenced” by Australia’s unique driving conditions and the preferences of local customers.
The car maker says the new model was “thoroughly tested” in Australia during its development, and claims that testing played a central role in determining the global tune for the Triton’s “engine torque characteristics, high-speed stability on gravel surfaces and overall towing performance and stability”.
Mitsubishi claims the new Triton boasts a class-leading 11.8-metre turning circle and has a quicker steering ratio than before (now 3.8 turns lock-to-lock).
The Triton’s braked towing capacity is up 100kg, though at 3100kg it still trails the 3500kg capacity of the class leaders.
GLX 4x4 variants are equipped with the Easy Select 4WD system that’s operated via a new selector dial, allowing drivers to switch between 2H, 4H and 4L modes on the move.
GLS and Exceed variants get the new-generation Super Select 4WD II system, which offers four driving modes including a locked 4WD mode. The Exceed also comes standard with an electronic rear differential lock.
As reported earlier this month, all 2016 Mitsubishi Triton models have earned ANCAP’s maximum five-star safety rating, with seven airbags and electronic stability control standard across the range. A reverse-view camera is available as an accessory on GLX variants and standard in the higher two grades.
Standard specification highlights of the tradie-friendly GLX include a tilt- and reach-adjustable steering column, multi-information trip computer, Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming, USB port, hill start assist and trailer stability assist system.
The sports-styled GLS ($4000 more than its equivalent GLX) adds 17-inch alloy wheels (up from the GLX’s steel 16s), painted bumpers, HID headlights and LED daytime running lights, foglights, side steps, sports bar, reverse-view camera, auto-folding side mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, and an enhanced audio system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen and a DAB digital radio tuner, among other features.
The flagship Exceed (also $4000 more than the equivalent GLS) additionally gains the differential lock, auto headlights and wipers, smart key with push-button start, steering wheel-mounted paddleshifters, leather upholstery and leather-look door trim inserts, power driver’s seat, and the Mitsubishi Multi Communication System with 7.0-inch touchscreen, 3D satellite navigation mapping and SD card reader.
While retaining the old model’s exterior dimensions and wheelbase, Mitsubishi’s designers have liberated extra headroom, shoulder-room and legroom inside the cabin, and claims to have increased comfort by fitting larger and more supportive front seats and increasing the angle on the rear bench.
It also says extra attention to detail and consideration has been applied to the quality of materials used, claiming a significantly more upmarket feel through the cabin.
The 2016 Mitsubishi Triton officially goes on sale across the Japanese car maker’s national dealer network on May 1.
Read CarAdvice’s 2016 Mitsubishi Triton Review.
2016 Mitsubishi Triton pricing (before on-road costs):
GLX 4x2 single-cab chassis manual $24,490
GLX 4x2 single-cab chassis auto $26,990
GLX 4x2 dual-cab pick-up auto $35,990
GLX 4x4 single-cab-chassis manual $32,490
GLX 4x4 club-cab-chassis manual $35,290
GLX 4x4 dual-cab pick-up manual $36,990
GLX 4x4 dual-cab pick-up auto $39,490
GLS 4x4 dual-cab pick-up manual $40,990
GLS 4x4 dual-cab pick-up auto $43,490
Exceed 4x4 dual-cab pick-up auto $47,490
2016 Mitsubishi Triton powertrain:
2.4-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine
Six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission
133kW at 3500rpm
430Nm at 2500rpm
7.0-7.6L/100km combined cycle fuel consumption
2016 Mitsubishi Triton specifications:
16-inch steel wheels
Manual air conditioning
Tilt and reach steering column
Cruise control with steering wheel controls
Audio system with AM/FM radio, CD player, USB port, Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming with voice command and steering wheel controls
Twin LCD trip computer and Multi Information Monitor displaying average fuel consumption and driving distance
Seven airbags (dual front, side and curtain, and driver’s knee)
ABS, EBA, EBD, ASC, and brake over-ride system
Hill start assist system
Trailer stability assist system
Emergency stop signal function
Alarm and immobiliser
GLX 4x4 (adds over 4x2):
Easy Select 4WD system
Electronic control transfer shift dial
Side steps (club-cab only)
GLS (adds over GLX):
Super Select II 4WD
17-inch alloy wheels
Painted front under-bumper garnish
LED daytime running lights
Rear step bumper
Chrome electric-folding door mirrors with indicators
Three-spoke leather steering wheel
Leather transmission gearknob
Piano black and silver trim panel highlights
Sports trim interior fabric
Fabric door trim inserts
Needle punch carpet with heel pad
Outside temperature indicator
Dual-zone climate control
Display audio with 6.1-inch touchscreen, DAB digital radio
Six-speaker audio system
Exceed (adds over GLS):
Leather-look door trim inserts
Smart key with push-button start
Auto headlights and wipers
Power driver’s seat
Mitsubishi Multi Communication System infotainment with 7.0-inch touchscreen, 3D satellite navigation mapping and SD card input