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Review: 2008 Mitsubishi Triton GLX Double Cab 2.5L CDI

July 15th, 2008
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We’ve just had a week with the Mitsubishi Triton GLX Double Cab two-wheel drive utility that features an all new 2.5L common-rail direct injection engine and have come away impressed.

Since the current shape ML Series first went on sale in July 2006, buyers have had the option of two petrol engines, a 2.4L 4cyl or a 3.5L V6, and one diesel engine, a 3.2L 4cyl Turbo Diesel that generates 118kW and 347Nm. Prices currently range from $19,990 for an entry level GL Single Cab 4x2 to $52,990 for a GLS Double Cab 4x4.

In March this year, Mitsubishi added a 2.5L 4cyl Common rail diesel with an intercooled turbocharged engine to its 4x2 range. Producing 100kW at 3800 rpm and a significant 314Nm @ 2000 rpm, the new engine is a good fit with the Triton. In city and suburban driving the torque available means that taking off from the lights, even with a load, is a breeze and overtaking on highways there’s no need to drop down a gear.

Available in one trim, GLX, and with the Double Cab body, the vehicle tested costs $28,990 with a 5-Speed manual transmission.

       









At just over 5 meters in overall length the Dual Cab Triton has room for 5 adults inside and a decent sized cargo bed that measures 1325mm in length and 1470mm in width. The tray comes standard with 4 inner hooks for tying down large objects and an easy to open one touch rear gate handle. The tray bed liner on the test vehicle is available as an accessory which we recommended to protect the tray.

With double wishbone suspension up front and rigid leaf springs in the rear the car would benefit from having a little weight, such as a couple of bags of cement, in the back to soften the ride. The payload is 1,057 kg that equates to 26 standard sized bags of cement!

The 11.8 meter turning circle with power steering means that maneuvering the vehicle in busy traffic or on a building site isn't a chore. We found the front disk and rear drum anti-lock brakes pulled the vehicle up sufficiently in the varied driving conditions we experienced. 
     

   


In GLX trim, standard features include passenger car like comforts such as front and rear power windows, power mirrors, air conditioning, cruise control and remote central locking. The digital clock in the headlining is easily viewable as is the instrument panel that includes a speedometer, trip-meter, tachometer, and fuel & water temperature gauge. Less luxurious is the 4 speaker AM/FM radio/CD tuner, however higher grade sound systems are available on more expensive variants. Whilst basic, the vinyl floor covering in a working vehicle like this makes sense to us.

On the safety front the GLX Double Cab comes standard with driver and passenger SRS airbags. In the rear there are child proof rear door locks, rear seat headrests and a child restraint anchorage point for carrying infants.

As these vehicles act as an office for most drivers, storage compartments are important. The Triton office includes an illuminated and lockable glove compartment, a centre console storage box, an in dash storage box with lid and storage pockets in the doors along with 4 cup holders. 

The GLX comes with 16” Steel wheels and a front skid plate to combat tough working conditions. 
           

       


During our week with the Triton we concluded that this vehicle could easily live the dual life expected of it, spending its working hours on a building site with tools in the back and afterhours and on the weekend ferrying kids from A to B with a couple of surfboards in the back. And with a large 75L fuel tank and official fuel consumption figures of 9.1L per 100kms in city driving and 8.5L per 100kms on the open road you won’t be living at petrol stations.

According to official sales figures, 4x2 Tritons outsold all bar one of it's competitors nationally in June 2008, so it seems that we’re not the only one’s to give the Triton the thumbs up.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Competitors:

Ford Ranger XL Crew-Cab 4x2
Holden Colorado Crew-Cab 4x2
Mazda BT-50 DX Dual-Cab 4x2
Toyota Hilux SR Dual-Cab 4x2


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