PROVING ITS WORTH: The Mitsubishi Triton being put to the (off-road) test. Image: Wheels24 / Charlen Raymond
Cape Town - Earlier in January 2017, Wheels24's Charlen Raymond attended the local launch of the new Mitsubishi Triton.
The bakkie sports a 2.4-litre diesel engine which can be coupled to either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. The engine, an aluminium block developing 133kW/430Nm, weighs 30kg less than the previous Triton’s 2.5-litre engine.
Mixing power with traction
Mitsubishi fitted the Triton with its new Super Select four-wheel drive system. Four driving modes are available. Each setting adjusts the Triton's off-road capabilities and allows for the driver to scale inclines and slopes with tremendous ease.
The automaker says it's latest model is positioned as a "lifestyle bakkie" in South Africa.
Overall, if you're in the market for a new market the Triton should make on your short-list of contenders.
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It's leaps and bounds better than the outgoing model and has an overall ride quality that'll impress you for all the right reasons.
The battle for bakkie supremacy is about to go into overdrive this year and the fight could get downright dirty. The market leaders will (perhaps) continue their dominance, but they’d definitely need to keep an eye in their rear view mirror. The Triton has arrived.
For a full and comprehensive list on what Mitsubishi offers with its new Triton, click here.
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