Triton dual-cab beefs up with special edition model

Positives in the current COVID-19 environment are few and far between.

Like most industries, the motoring fraternity has been challenged. Yet last month saw some good returns and once again it was the utes leading the sales charge.

Most recent perennial performers, the Toyota HiLux and the Ford Ranger filled the top two spots, while Mitsubishi’s Triton was also in the top five bestsellers — even surpassing numbers from June 2019.

The Triton got a new look early last year, which bolstered its macho credentials. Previous iterations were criticised for being too feminine, and the new square-edged look has proven more hardcore.

Australians also love their utes with extra kit, which has led to the arrival of the GSR. Boasting black external features and starting from $50,990, it remains one of the better value souped-up dual-cabs on the market.

The 2020 model Mitsubishi Triton GSR starts from $50,990.
The 2020 model Mitsubishi Triton GSR starts from $50,990.

VALUE

Sitting between the GLS and GLS Premium variants, this derivative comes with man-made leather trim on the seats and doors, heated front chairs (driver has electronic adjustment), around-view monitor, as well as a seven-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, keyless entry, along with the tougher black-themed features of side steps, 18-inch alloys, grille and roof.

Among the accessory options are a soft tonneau pack, which also comes with a sports bar and floor mats, that lifts the price to $52,990 drive-away. For $2000 more there are the hard or roll top tonneau versions. Each also comes with a tub liner to protect the tray.

Orange, grey and black are all complimentary exterior colours, only white costs an additional $200.

The current Triton deal comes with a seven-year 150,000km warranty as well as $1500 worth of accessories. The towbar kit is $1170, electric trailer brake controller $722, while there also a range of nudge bars, lights and roof-mounted equipment carrying options.

Capped price servicing is available for the first three times you return to the dealer — capped at $299, and maintenance is due annually or every 15,000km.

The 2020 model Mitsubishi Triton GSR currently comes with a seven-year 150,000km warranty as well as $1500 worth of accessories.
The 2020 model Mitsubishi Triton GSR currently comes with a seven-year 150,000km warranty as well as $1500 worth of accessories.

SAFETY

Among the trailblazers early last year, the Triton helped apply pressure to other manufacturers with its suite of safety kit.

Standard is autonomous braking, which can help avoid or lessen the impact of a frontal collision if the driver fails to act quick enough (it also watches for pedestrians), blind spot warning, automatic high beam, along with rear cross traffic alert that is vital when reversing out of busy car parks.

The GSR also comes with an around-view monitor which provides a bird’s-eye view of the vehicle to make parking a simpler process.

Among the items missing are radar cruise control, as well a digital speedo.

The new Mitsubishi Triton GSR.
The new Mitsubishi Triton GSR.

COMFORT

Man-made leather trim adds some comfort to the workhorse, which remains basic but with the touchscreen, dual-zone aircon and multifunction steering wheel controls it more car-like than old-school ute.

There is tilt and telescopic adjustment of the steering wheel, dual cup holder in the centre console, bottle holders in the doors, and tech-heads will appreciate the two USB ports, two 12-volt plugs and a HDMI input.

Those in the back aren’t forgotten, although the rear pew sits sharply upright. A roof-mounted recirculation system pumps air into the back on both sides, and a fold-down armrest with a pair of cupholders is available if the middle seat isn’t filled.

Smartphone mirroring applications bring the infotainment up to modern standards.
Smartphone mirroring applications bring the infotainment up to modern standards.

Straightforward operations ensure the manual is not required to decipher how to operate items in the cabin.

Using the Mitsubishi touchscreen operations are a little clunky, but tether your phone and use the smartphone mirroring apps to then have simple access to your own music, podcasts, satnav via Google Maps, messages as well as quick functionality to make and receive calls.

Using the “Hey Google” or “Hey Siri” voice activation is simple and means there is no need to touch your phone, while having access to infotainment also means avoiding the radio announcer annoyances.

The 2020Mitsubishi Triton GSR payload is limited to 855kg.
The 2020Mitsubishi Triton GSR payload is limited to 855kg.

DRIVING

Don’t let the more hardcore appearance fool you, all the running gear remains the same.

This 2.4-litre turbo diesel engine has been around for years and has a good reputation for longevity. Partnered to a six-speed automatic, it feels sprightly under power and when in two-wheel drive mode it’s not uncommon to hear a chirp from the wheels if you are too enthusiastic with the throttle.

The steering can feel vague on occasions, and when unladen there is a reasonable amount of jiggle courtesy of the leaf-sprung suspension — although rear-end bounce is a common trait among most dual-cabs (the Ford Ranger is rated as the best in this department).

Switching to four-wheel drive, high and low range, can be done on the fly courtesy of a console dial and there are various off-road modes depending on the terrain.

Ground clearance is 220mm, while towing is at the lower end of the scale in comparison to rivals at 3100kg with a towball download of 310kg, while payload is also limited to 855kg. For those hauling the gross combination mass is 5885kg.

The 2020 model Mitsubishi Triton GSR is available with a soft, hard and roll top pack options.
The 2020 model Mitsubishi Triton GSR is available with a soft, hard and roll top pack options.

HEAD SAYS

Standard isn’t my style, I may not have a sports car but this is athleticism.

HEART SAYS

Towing big stuff and hauling gear really isn’t high on the priority list. Looking good and having a big open air boot takes precedence.

The 2020 model Mitsubishi Triton GSR in grey colour scheme.
The 2020 model Mitsubishi Triton GSR in grey colour scheme.

ALTERNATIVES

NISSAN NAVARA N-TREK $57,490 D/A

While there is a more hardcore version in the Warrior, this is the model for those wanting more style than off-road substance ($2500 less for the manual). Has a similar driving experience, although more refined, and powered by a 140kW/450Nm 2.3-litre turbo diesel, with a 3.5-tonne towing capacity.

FORD RANGER FX4 $57,990 D/A

Doesn’t have the same flashy sporting features as the Triton, although trumps it with on-road driving prowess. This model comes with side decals, 18-inch alloys, extended sports bar and under the bonnet is a 147kW/470Nm 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo diesel.

The 2020 model Mitsubishi Triton GSR is available with a soft, hard and roll top pack options.
The 2020 model Mitsubishi Triton GSR is available with a soft, hard and roll top pack options.

VERDICT

The Triton no longer appeals purely on price. With good looks and strong equipment list, it’s an easy ute to love and live with.

AT A GLANCE

MITSUBISHI TRITON GSR

PRICE $50,990 drive-away (good value for the kit)

WARRANTY/SERVICING 7yr, 150,000km wty, $897 over 5 years (both good)

ENGINE 2.4-litre turbo diesel, 133kW/430Nm (not bad)

SAFETY 5 stars, 7 airbags, AEB, blind-sport warning, lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert (good)

THIRST 8.6L/100km (bit heavy)

SPARE Full-size (perfect)

TOWING 3100kg (low compared to rivals)


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