Launch impressions: Mitsubishi Triton
Tougher and more contemporary - the 2019 Mitsubishi Triton.
Late in 2018, we got a peek at the new 2019 Mitsubishi Triton ute and heard about the improvements over its predecessor it brings. You can read our reveal story here.
Now we’ve had the chance to drive the latest Triton on and off road at its Australian launch in Tasmania.
The Triton nameplate has been around for 40 years and in a touch of fitting nostalgia, Mitsubishi had an original series L200 ute at the launch. Our step-back-in-time test drive of the lovingly restored old-timer clearly demonstrated how far vehicles, especially utes, and the Triton, have come in terms of civility, road manners, performance and safety features.
Fast forward to the updated for 2019 Triton – it’s looking tougher and more contemporary than the model it replaces. Mechanical improvements, interior cosmetic and functionality enhancements, plus additional class-leading driver assistance safety technology come with the model upgrade.
There’s a total of 20 variants in the new range including two and four-wheel drive models, plus single cab/chassis, club cab, and dual cab body styles.
The dual cab 4x4 model we drove, a top-spec GLS Premium ($51,990 RRP), proved adept off-road making easy work of the climb to the top of the 1033m Mt Darwin that overlooks Macquarie Harbour on the rugged west coast. It never looked like faltering traversing the tracks deep ruts, gnarly and rocky sections, steep gradients, and muddy areas. Approach and departure angles and ground clearance were also put to the test but never found wanting.
The two top-tier 4WD models (GLS, GLS Premium) now have a new off-road Mode system with hill-descent control to complement their Super-Select II ‘shift-on-the-fly’ 4WD system. With four driver-selectable modes, Gravel, Mud/Snow, Sand, and Rock, the new system improves all-terrain capability. A rear-diff lock is standard on GLS Premium too.
On road, the new Triton offers improved performance and driveability from its 2.4-litre turbo-diesel engine courtesy of a smooth new six-speed auto, in lieu of the previous five-speed.
Handling of the new model over Tassie’s twisty roads felt more settled and capable than we recall of the old model. A little more road feel in the steering would be welcome though.
We found the front seats of our test vehicle comfortable and supportive, while rear occupants enjoy a happier life thanks to new roof-mounted ventilation system to deliver cooled air to the face and upper body, and provision of rear USB ports.