Mitsubishi Triton: The most underrated D/Cab in Zimbabwe
- Astonishing coziness
- Extraordinarily handsome and muscularly unique looking
- Outstanding value for money
- Precise steering
- Impressive fuel economy
- Full-time four-wheel drive
- Nimble handling
- Tight dimensions (we would want it to be bigger)
The Mitsubishi Triton is the most underestimated new vehicle on the market yet it is one of the most amazing trucks on the market.
The Triton has always sold strongly, based on props of value and ability. In spite of having clear feathers in its cap, the Triton is still seen by many as an ‘almost’ truck — the double cab for those that can’t afford a Toyota Hilux or a, Ford Ranger. DRIVEtorque is inclined to say that this assertion is rather unfortunate and uninformed.
We took the Triton for a drive last year. It is impressive when it comes to road trips, towing missions and that adventure trip after lockdown.
The inclusion of 6-speed transmission options, more generous ride-height, and much improved looks will help the Triton cement itself as one of Zimbabwe’s most popular truck competing with Hilux, Ford Ranger and Isuzu.
Almost a full year on from its rebirth, the Triton VRX 4WD’s ‘special introductory price’ of US$51400 still stands, meaning it’s most likely here to stay. Sporting features like rain-sensing wipers, running boards, and of course four-wheel drive.
That four-wheel drive system is perhaps the greatest mechanical difference between this one and the Triton flagship. While the VRX’s model-specific Super Select II system is AWD, all other all-paw variants get standard part-time 4WD.
The Triton’s 2.4-litre diesel engine has more torque and powerful. The Mitsubishi 2.4-litre turbo diesel produces 133kW@3,500rpm and 430Nm@2,500rpm, Vs the Hilux’s 110kW@3,400rpm and 343Nm between 1,400rpm and 2,800rpm on a manual gearbox model. A Hilux with an automatic transmission can handle 400Nm@1,600–2,000rpm.
Gravel roads and city roads are a delight in pickup terms, thanks to the Triton’s narrow body and ability to change direction sharply. The ride is smooth with nothing so dramatic to throw you off your line, and two-piston brake calipers with large discs up front provide easily controlled, powerful braking.
Unlike the detached sensation of some pickups, you feel so directly in control of the Triton.
Body roll is minimal for a pickup. The few body ruts will, they won’t be thrown around too much in fast bends. The low-speed ride – even without a load in the back – is genuinely impressive, with good isolation of sharp bumps and few situations where the typical pickup hop at the back is encountered.
Parking is easy, as long as you can find a 5.3m space. Large mirrors help judge the back, which is slightly easier to see than in the previous model thanks to squared-off tail lights.
The closest thing to ‘cost cutting’ is the Mitsubishi’s comparably diminutive dimensions. Compared to a Ranger the Triton’s overall and wheelbase length is 84mm and 220mm shorter, respectively, while width is 35mm narrower and its bed is 29mm shorter.
The gulf in price between the Triton and its key rivals is vast enough and in our opinion not worth buying the more expensive options for you get more car in the Triton than from competition. This might change soon with the advent of the P Series as it will again offer more car and truck for less. It’s made a grand first impression. Now, let’s see over the next few months if it can keep that up.
Triton has a drive away price of US$51400 from Zimoco the only official dealership of Mitsubishi in Zimbabwe.