2016 Mitsubishi Triton Review

The new Mitsubishi Triton has all the characteristics of a commercial vehicle. After 10 years, the all-new Triton looks refined as a passenger car and UTE. Its diesel engine is fuel efficient with a modern design. All Triton models also guarantee passenger safety.

What You Need to Know

The 2016 Mitsubishi Triton generally accommodates five people who can enter through the four doors. The single-cab version, with two seats and two doors, are also being offered. The Club Cab model, meanwhile, has two folding seats in the rear portion. Most Triton models have factory tubs, but you will want to avail the cab-chassis model for your aftermarket tray.

Most Tritons have dual-range, four-wheel drive. This means they drive only the rear wheels on sealed roads, with an option to go 4WD for the tracks and slippery surfaces. The higher end Triton models, the Exceed and GLS, feature a more sophisticated system that allows you to go 4WD all the time. A few models come with only a rear-wheel drive system. Overall, the 2016 Mitsubishi Triton is deemed as a light commercial pick-up.

Key Features and Price

The new 2016 Mitsubishi Triton looks a bit similar to its predecessor. Here are some of the key features that you should watch out:

Bluetooth connectivity: You can connect your phone to the vehicle using Bluetooth either through a voice command or the steering wheel controls. You can also plug your phone into the USB input to enjoy the audio system.
• Tilt-and-reach Steering Wheel Adjustment: This feature allows for easy and comfortable driving.
• Cruise Control: You can easily activate this feature through the buttons on the steering wheel.
• Ample Airbags: There are seven airbags strategically distributed around the vehicle’s interior. Two are placed in front of the driver and front passenger, one on each side of the front passenger to shield the upper body, one in front of the driver’s knee, and another one along each side to protect all passengers.
• Electronic Stability Control: This safety feature helps prevent the vehicle from skidding. It is mandatory on all passenger vehicles, except on light commercial vehicles.
• Electronic Traction Control: This other safety feature helps the vehicle remain stable on slippery surfaces.
• Trailer-Sway Control: This keeps the vehicle stable if the trailer begins to sway.
• Hill-Start Control: This safety feature prevents the vehicle from rolling back when you begin driving on a hill.
• Five-Year, 100,000-Kilometer Warranty: This is available in all Tritons, along with capped-priced servicing.

Fuel Efficiency

The 2.4-litre, four-cylinder turbo diesel engine powers most Triton models. It is also the most fuel-efficient. The fuel consumption ranges between 7 to 7.6 liters per 100 kilometers. The cost could be slightly higher in the real world. The 2.4-litre petrol engine is an option for the single-cab Triton GLX, which consumes more fuel, but costs less. The petrol engine is only available for the five-speed manual.

Safety and Comfort

The new Triton’s cabin has a more luxurious feel than the previous versions. The key points include roomy and comfortable seats, and an adjustable steering wheel for the tilt-and-reach. Unlike the other UTEs, the 2016 Mitsubishi Triton’s safety features have been consistent for all its models, including the more basic single-cab version. Not all Tritons have a reversing camera, but they do have seven airbags and electronic stability control. Best of all, Triton models received a five-star safety score from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program.

Model Comparison

UTEs like the Mazda BT-50, Ford Ranger, and Volkswagen Amarok generally have a bigger and wider cabin. The BT-50 and Ford Ranger also have better performance. The Ranger also offers cruise control for its high end models as an option, and a collission alert to warn you if the vehicle in front suddenly stopped. Other UTEs that compete with the Triton include the Isuzu D-Max and Holden Colorado.

Verdict

The 2016 Mitsubishi Triton offers a stronger appearance, with improved safety features. Despite its new look, the Triton did retain its aerodynamic efficiency. It boasts of improved performance, better cargo carrying capacity, more comfortable seats, and a high safety rating. This UTE, overall, offers an attractive package for both commercial and leisure use that you cannot ignore.

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