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Clash of the Triton

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Story by Kobus Botha Photos by Kobus & Hettie Botha

When we heard that the new Mitsubishi Triton had been upgraded from a 3.2 L engine to a 2.5 L, we couldn’t wait to put its power to the test for ourselves.

The Mitsubishi Triton 2.5 Diesel DC 4×4 (M/T) is now undeniably in my list of top favourite vehicles, because it’s super-stylish, fast and has a lot of space for the driver and passengers. The engine upgrade might sound like a downgrade, but in reality it’s a major improvement, and will certainly give its competitors pause for thought. I was amazed to feel the power when I put the pedal to the metal; it simply took off, and reached a high speed in no time. The 3.2 L model’s power (118 kW @ 3 800 rpm) rose to 131 kW @ 4 000 rpm with the 2.5 L upgrade, while the torque improved from 347 Nm @ 2 000 rpm up to 400 Nm @ 2 000 rpm. As for that all-important fuel economy… it has improved from 9.3 down to 8.6 litres per 100 km.

The cherry on top is that you’ve now got even greater performance along with improved fuel consumption… a great double act for anyone wanting to tow a caravan better and further.

WHAT DO I THINK?

I was impressed with the new Triton from the moment I climbed into it. I liked the idea that Mitsubishi hadn’t copied anything from their competitors (the Hilux, Amarok, Isuzu, Ranger and Navara) but had designed something unique. The interior is stylish, and made from high-quality materials. The radio offers great multimedia features, phone connectivity, steering-wheel controls and so on… but the best feature for me is that there were absolutely no rattles or squeaks inside the cab while we were driving on the gravel corrugations. It was as quiet as the Kalahari on a windless morning and the ride was super-soft: I loved it!

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