An exciting new era for the Mitsubishi Triton begins in early 2017 with the announcement that the new Triton SU will make its local debut in February 2017. This is good news for Mitsubishi Triton fans as the current version of the popular pickup has done duty since 2007, and with Ford and Toyota introducing all-new versions of Ranger and Hilux respectively, the updates for the Triton are particularly timely.
Lightweight And Responsive Power
Among the array of timely updates, Triton SU, or Sport Utility, will establish a new benchmark in engine performance with Mitsubishi’s latest-generation 2.4-litre 4-cylinder DOHC MIVEC 16-valve turbocharged common rail diesel engine. This powerful new engine features an aluminium cylinder block to save weight and can be paired with Mitsubishi’s latest 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic gearbox.
This all-new super responsive 2.4-litre engine with a class-leading low compression ratio of 15.5:1 is supplemented by a variable geometry turbocharger as well as Mitsubishi’s proprietary engine mapping. Peak power outperforms similar-sized engines with 133 kW and 430 Nm, with more than 350 Nm available from 1 500 rpm. This combination provides a substantial improvement in low-end torque of over 25% compared to the previous 2.5-litre turbo diesel engine which was fitted to the outgoing Triton range.
“Our new lightweight turbo diesel engine is fitted with Mitsubishi’s latest generation MIVEC technology and weighs 30kg less than its predecessor, resulting in improved responsiveness, fuel consumption, handling, cornering and braking performance,” says Nic Campbell, General Manager of Mitsubishi Motors South Africa.
Mitsubishi’s state-of-the-art four-wheel drive system, Super Select II 4WD, has been improved upon and offers four intelligent driving modes which can be engaged via the electronic selector in the cabin. This multifunction setup gives drivers precise control in challenging weather conditions or on loose surfaces with low-range models, including a rear diff-lock, essential for tackling tough and technical off-road obstacles.
New Triton’s interior has also been improved upon and promises to be as close to a passenger car as ever with SUV-like levels of space and comfort. Mitsubishi claims class-leading levels of head and legroom. Safety is also well catered for with Mitsubishi’s Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body construction. Safety highlights include pretension seatbelts, airbags, active stability and traction control with ABS and EBD.
“International reports have already found the Triton SU to be the most car-like pick-up to drive. Fitted with a new-generation lightweight diesel engine, upgraded suspension and reduced NVH levels, this new sport utility will impress owners with a comfortable ride that hasn’t compromised those workhorse principles and multi-purpose functionality,” says Campbell.