//Mitsubishi Triton 2019 review

Mitsubishi Triton 2019 review

There’s a lot more to the updated 2019 Mitsubishi Triton ute than just a new look. The brand has added safety features, improved the comfort and convenience levels across the board, and made more changes than meet the eye.

Is there anything interesting about its design?

I’m not the only one who thinks this facelift has been the best yet from Mitsubishi. The aggressive ‘dynamic shield’ front end has translated well here, with slimmer headlights, a big chunky bumper and still good clearance for off-roading. The side steps have been redesigned for better clearance and tread size, too.The rear has been redesigned and there are less of the rounded edges that have defined the Triton up ’til now. The tail-lights are squared off and larger, and the guards have been pumped out, negating the need for over-fender extensions – but we’re sure the aftermarket will offer up some guard flares soon enough, or maybe even a body kit. There is a rear step bumper, and top models now get a tub liner. You can still option a hardtop tonneau cover if you need. The length of the dual cab pick-up is now 5305mm (up 25mm) on a 3000mm wheelbase (unchanged), while the height is up by 15mm to 1795mm. Width is unchanged at 1815mm. The ground clearance has likewise risen by 15mm to 220mm. Check out the interior images for the design changes to the cabin, including the new padded areas, leather steering wheel, leather gear knob and new more luxurious handbrake handle… it’s the little things, after all.

How practical is the space inside?

The changes haven’t been huge in the cabin, but there are some worthwhile improvements.Things like new padded sections on the centre console lid, door trims, at the edges of the transmission tunnel  and a pair of new B-pillar-mounted grab handles for dual cab models make for a more likeable atmosphere.And while Mitsubishi hasn’t added rear air vents, the company has taken an inventive approach by adding what it calls an air circulator, which essentially sucks cold air from the front and uses a Dyson-like fan to blow it to the rear-seat occupants. It works even better than console vents.The higher-grade models get an updated 7.0-inch touchscreen media system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus there’s Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, DAB radio and GPS location – but not sat nav, which is a bit of a bugger.

Lower grade models get a smaller screen without the extended smartphone tech. But there are two USB ports – one to connect, and one to charge. There’s a pair of USB ports for rear seat passengers in high-spec dual cabs, too.

Of course there’s also the pick-up body style, which comes in extra cab or double cab body styles only. It’s more suitable if you want to fit a canopy or hard tonneau cover. For those who need to know, the internal tub dimensions for pick-up models are: 1850mm long for extra cab or 1520mm long for dual cab, 1470mm wide (1085mm between arches – too narrow for a pallet), and 475mm deep.

Payload capacity ranges from 1284kg in the best case scenario (single cab petrol manual 2WD GLX cab chassis) to a low of 858kg (GLS Premium dual cab pick-up 4×4 auto).

Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?

There are four models in the range, and how much you can spend will determine what equipment you will get.The price list opens with the entry-level GLX,  then there’s the GLX+, then the GLS and GLS Premium. If you want to see what the GLX has vs the GLX+, here’s a sort-of comparison.At the bottom of the cost scale is the GLX, which comes as a single cab model starting at $22,490 plus on-road costs (currently listed at $24,990 drive away price) in 4×2 GLX petrol guise with a five-speed manual gearbox, up to $39,990 for the 4×4 GLX diesel auto.

Now, the GLX model – depending on the drivetrain and body style – also comes with an additional alphabetical suffix, ADAS (Advanced Driver Assist System). Check out our detailed pricing and specs story for all the info.

Standard on GLX is a trip computer, cruise control, power steering, air conditioner, halogen headlights (not projector headlights) and daytime running lights, a 6.1-inch touch screen media system with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming (two speakers for the sound system in the single cab, four in the extra cab, and between four and six in the dual cabs – no model gets a subwoofer), AM/FM radio and USB connectivity. GLX and GLX ADAS models roll on 16-inch steel wheels.

GLX+ models push things up a touch in price, with two versions on sale: the $40,490 diesel 4×4 ‘Club Cab’ auto pick-up, and the dual cab diesel 4×4 available in manual ($39,990) or auto ($42,490).

The GLX+ steps up to a 7.0-inch touch screen media system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and while they have GPS location services, none have an in-built navigation system. These models score two USBs up front, and in the GLS and GLS Premium there are dual USBs in the rear as well. No model comes with a DVD player or a sunroof.

GLX+ models have 16-inch alloy wheels, side steps, a black door sash, chrome interior door handles and climate control air-con.

Next up the rank is the GLS, available as a double cab pick-up only. GLS adds Mitsubishi’s Super Select II 4WD system with new drive modes, a centre diff lock, a sports bar, 18-inch alloy wheels, a chrome grille, chrome exterior handles and a chrome sports bar, HID headlights, LED DRLs, fog lights, privacy glass, a leather steering wheel and shift knob, fabric door trim inserts, six speakers for the sound system, power folding door mirrors and carpet flooring.

The GLS Premium is a dual cab auto 4×4, and it costs $51,990 on the official list price. GLS Premium models add a standard fit rear diff lock, a nudge bar, leather-look door trim inserts, push-button start, leather seats, heated front seats, electric driver’s seat adjustment, paddle shifters and a tub-liner (under rail). Plus there’s a surround-view camera system – see the safety section below for all the details.

Colours available for the Triton include three new hues: White Diamond and Graphite Grey, plus the inventively named Red. There’s also White, Black, Sterling Silver and Impulse Blue. This generation has no brown or green option.

What’s it like to drive?

Don’t expect a vastly different drive experience to the previous Triton. But it is certainly improved.There have been changes made to the suspension of the updated Triton which are designed to make it ride more comfortably. And – without performing a back-to-back test – it seems as though the changes have been worthwhile.The higher grade models use the regular suspension setup – leaf spring rear suspension that has five leaves and is more road-focused than before (and therefore the payload has been decreased slightly). The lower grade models have six-leaf rear-ends for more payload.No matter which you go for, there’ll be some sharpness at lower speeds if you’ve got nothing in the tub, but at higher speed the suspension settles down somewhat, particularly the higher grades. However, in the GLS Premium versions with 18-inch wheels that I spent most of the launch driving, I found they can be jolty and jittery if you hit a hard edge in town, even the front suspension.

There haven’t been any adjustments to the steering, and it reacts predictably. There’s good weighting to it, both at city speeds (light, which helps negate the plenty of turns required to go lock-to-lock – but it has a smaller-than-average turning circle of 11.8m) and at pace, where you don’t need to twist your arms as much but still get the exact responses you expect. 

Our off road review included testing the modes that have been added to the higher specs with the Super Select II system – snow/mud, gravel and sand in high range with the centre diff locked, with an additional rock mode in low range – definitely work well to help you get where you need. The transmission, throttle response, stability control and ABS are all tweaked.

We drove on dirt, gravel, mud, rocks and sand in all the modes. I got slightly stuck for a few seconds climbing a slippery rocky ascent while the vehicle was in 4H with the centre diff locked. Just a quick turn of the Super Select knob to 4L and a button press to engage rock mode, and it was off again. The traction control system was particularly impressive, allowing enough spin to attempt to keep momentum when grip was momentarily lacking.

What safety equipment is fitted? What safety rating?

The new benchmark for safety in the ute segment is the Mitsubishi Triton. The brand has nailed it when it comes to safety inclusions for this update. As with many rivals, you need to opt for the highest grade model to get the best gear, but the fact remains that it outdoes all of its competitors for active safety equipment – yes, including the Mercedes X-Class and Ford Ranger.GLX models are fitted with reversing sensors (on pick-up models), while GLX ADAS models add ‘forward collision mitigation’ – a forward collision monitor including auto emergency braking (AEB) that works at high and low speeds. Lane departure warning is standard on GLX ADAS models, too.GLS and GLS Premium models add a few segment-first items, including blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert, and an ultrasonic misacceleration system that will dull throttle response if it thinks you’ll hit something at low speed. There’s also lane change assist, front parking sensors and auto high-beam headlights.

GLS Premium is the only model in the range to get the excellent and very handy Multi Around monitor, a 360 degree camera setup that offers a surround view display on the screen. The only thing that’s missing is adaptive cruise control, which is available in the Ford Ranger… but still, that’s arguably more a convenience feature than a safety highlight.

All variants get a reverse camera as standard – even cab chassis models, provided they’re fitted with a Mitsubishi genuine tray. Every model in the Triton range has seven airbags (dual front, front side, full-length curtain and driver’s knee).

Dual cab models all have ISOFIX child seat anchor points in the outboard positions, and there are three top tether attachments for a baby seat (or three). Mitsubishi’s ‘Club Cab’ models don’t get ISOFIX or top tether points, and the single cab models have a passenger-side ISOFIX point but no top tethers.

The Mitsubishi Triton scored the maximum five-star ANCAP crash test safety rating under the 2015 testing regime, and the new model would presumably repeat the feat – though there is no plan for it to be retested, according to Mitsubishi.

What does it cost to own? What warranty is offered?

Warranty

The new Triton range is offered from launch until June 30 2019 with a seven-year/150,000km warranty. That warranty may be extended, or may revert to the brand’s existing five-year/130,000km plan.

The company has a capped price servicing plan with maintenance requirements every 12 months or 15,000km. The schedule cost plan is exceptional cheap – the diesel costs just $299 per visit (yep, for the 30000 km and the 45000 km services it’s the same), while petrol models are even less – $199 per visit ($597 = three years’ cover).

The brand includes roadside assist as part of the ownership plan at no cost.

For information on common problems, issues, faults, reliability complaints – including specifics like suspension problems, automatic transmission problems, gearbox problems, recalls and more – see our Mitsubishi Triton problems page. Don’t forget, there’s always the owners manual for simple things like how to undo the spare tyre.

Verdict

This is a facelift done right. The new-look Triton isn’t just more attractive, it also offers a lot for customers to like – not least of which is the brand’s unprecedented stance as safety leader in the ute segment. Kudos, Mitsubishi. The GLS is a terrific bang-for-your-buck offering, and stands out as our pick of the range.

The new Triton deserves to do very well.

Sourced CarsGuide.

2019-02-12T12:52:34+00:00February 12th, 2019|Mitsubishi|