South Africa and bakkies go together like avo and toast. We love bakkies in this country, especially the likes of the hugely popular Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger. It is therefore not that easy for others to crack this segment, but the new Mitsubishi Triton is giving it a good go.
It is a popular bakkie, don’t get me wrong, but it just cannot topple these rivals. The new model which just arrived in South Africa is hoping to grab a bigger slice of the bakkie pie and if it were based on looks alone, it might just be able to achieve this. But as we know, looks are highly subjective. Thankfully it has a whole lot more going for it than just its good looks.
The bakkie customer has also changed over the years and so the humble bakkie now must don a few hats. It not only needs to be a workhorse but also needs to be a leisure vehicle as more and more customers buy it for everyday living. Step inside and you will instantly recognise the more SUV-like interior. The materials used are of good quality and the leather seats make it a very comfortable place to be.
Mitsubishi is known for its great value-for-money proposition and the new Triton is no different. It is filled with standard features such as a multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, Bluetooth with voice control, dual-zone climate control, electric windows, and a USB ports for rear passengers, to name but a few. The standard safety spec is something to boast about as well, it has everything from 7 airbags and side impact protection bars to ABS and Hill Start assist. A rear view camera also comes in very handy when reversing such a large vehicle.
Where it might lose points is on the road where the ride is a little on the firm side, but where it shines is off-road. Putting it through a number of obstacles at the launch in Magaliesberg, it is clear to see that this bakkie was made for rough terrain. It has the latest version of the Super Select II 4WD system and can tackle gravel, mud/snow, sand and rock. The Hill Descent Control is a doddle to use and makes those steep declines quite enjoyable, rather than terrifying. If you just let this car do what it was made to do, even the most inexperienced driver will feel confident off-roading.
The new Triton comes in almost R25 000 cheaper than its closest competitors and when purse strings are being strangled in this country at the moment, it will count in favour of this strong contender. It is capable, comfortable, good looking and filled with standard features – you can’t ask for much more. It will be interesting to see if the new Triton manages to sway loyal customers away from their beloved Hilux or Ranger. Only time will tell.
NEW MITSUBISHI TRITON PRICING
New Triton 2.4L DI-DC M/T 4×2 – R509 995
New Triton 2.4L DI-DC A/T 4×2 – R529 995
New Triton 2.4L DI-DC M/T 4×4 – R569 995
New Triton 2.4L DI-DC A/T 4×4 – R589 995