Video: The 2010 Triton range offers a new engine, a greater towing capacity and an extended tray
Among the many changes to the Mitsubishi Triton, four-wheel drive models in the 13-strong range receive a new common rail 2.5 litre turbo-diesel engine; eight models have side and curtain airbags and all but four boast stability and traction control.
“This is a major upgrade for Triton and we’re thrilled with the result,” said Mitsubishi Motors general manager of sales and marketing Peter Wilkins. “We’ve thrown everything but the kitchen sink at it and the class-leading power, torque and safety speak for themselves.
This 2.5-litre powerplant generates peak power of 133kW at 4000rpm and 407Nm at 2000rpm – an 11 per cent and 15 per cent improvement respectively over the previous 3.2-litre engine.
These improved figures have been achieved through changes to the combustion chamber shape, optimized injector specifications, adding a variable geometry turbo charger and increasing turbo charging pressure.
Combined fuel economy figures are 8.3 litres per 100km when mated to the manual transmission – a 9 per cent improvement. Automatic variants are 9.3 litres per 100km.
The two-wheel-drive Triton range keeps the 2.5-litre diesel engine from the current line-up, generating 102kW @ 4000 and 319Nm @ 2000. Improvements have been made to fuel economy, which now stands at 8.2 L/100km for the manual and 8.6 L/100km for auto variants.
There are two automatic specifications within the range. The GLS receives a five-speed automatic with Sports Mode, allowing drivers to manually select and hold gears. The rest of the range is equipped with the four-speed auto found in the previous model and Mitsubishi’s Easy Select 4WD transfer.
The GLS also gains Super Select, which, like Easy Select, allows drivers to engage 4WD at speeds up to 100kmh.
These features, combined with multi-mode ABS with EBD and active stability and traction control, comprise Mitsubishi All Terrain Technology (MATT). The rural-focused 4WD GL workhorse variants are the only models in the New Zealand market to host rear diff lock as standard, which replaces stability and traction control.
“We are seeing far more multi-purpose use in this highly contested segment,” he said. “While most diesel utes are sold as commercials, improvements in comfort and ride quality are seeing customers use their vehicles for family-orientated activities too.”
First to market with active stability control and the inclusion of side and curtain airbags has bolstered Triton’s existing four-star safety rating.
Along with new bumpers and wheels, Triton’s new wellside tray has been extended by 180mm and deepened by 55mm. The 4WD cab chassis models benefit from an increased braked towing capacity of 3 tonnes.
Inside, all vehicles receive a new instrument display, centre console and seat trims. All double cab driver’s seats gain height adjust, offering more versatility for the driver, while the GLX and GLS double cabs have extra seat cushioning and bolstering.
Watch the new Trition in action here...