Dave Conole road tests and reviews the 2015 Mitsubishi Triton.
The team at Mitsubishi Motors Australia handed me the keys to a Triton GLS to test, the vehicle fitted with Mitsubishi’s six-speed manual transmission.
The first thing that strikes you about the new Mitsubishi Triton is its sheer size! In all, we are talking five metres long and 1.7 metres tall.
Under the bonnet of every new Triton is a 2.4 litre turbo-diesel engine that produces 133kW and 430Nm. It’s a good engine, with capable acceleration from a standing-stop and the ability to cruise around happily at 60km/h in fourth gear.
It’s economical too; drinking from a 75 litre tank, Mitsubishi quotes 7.2L/100km combined and a range of about 880km.
The six-speed manual is surprisingly smooth and each gear shift is a lot more refined than you might expect in a dual-cab ute. The clutch is similarly well weighted and this makes driving the manual version of the Triton quite easy.
On the road, the 2015 Mitsubishi Triton handles pretty well, archaic leaf sprung rear suspension notwithstanding. On some road surfaces it skipped about at the rear but, to be fair, it was being driven without any weight in the back.
The steering is greatly improved over previous Triton models.
Inside the cabin of the new Triton I had one big complaint – sun reflection! There’s way too much reflection from the upper dash onto the windscreen, causing a blurred forward view and this could be a potential safety issue.
Other than that there are a couple of nice touches, particularly the leather bound gear lever knob and chromed interior door handles. I also like the simple to read and use air-con controls and the 6.1 inch touchscreen for audio and settings usage is a winner too.
The cabin also gets Bluetooth, steering wheel mounted phone controls, USB and Auxiliary inputs. The seats are comfortable, cloth wrapped and manual in adjustment with plenty of front seat legroom.
With 860 mm of rear leg room, back seat passengers shouldn’t feel cramped either.
Factory fitted options only extended to metallic paint – a $550 option.
The 2015 Mitsubishi Triton range comes with a full five-star ANCAP safety rating.
Summing it up; quite simply, the Mitsubishi Triton is a car/truck/ute I’d more than happily own.
The diesel engine, decently appointed cabin, very good manual gearbox and comfortable-enough ride quality combine to give it enough to win the heart.
NUTS and BOLTS - 2015 Mitsubishi Triton GLS
Engine: 2.4 litre turbo-diesel producing 133kW and 430Nm
Transmission: Six-speed manual or five-speed automatic
Safety: Five star
Price: From $24,490, 4×4 dual-cab GLS from $40,990
For further information, please see Recalls and faults: Mitsubishi MQ Triton Utility.
*Mitsubishi Triton Exceed shown.
Dave Conole owns and writes the independent vehicle review and news website – A Wheel Thing.
With over 15 years of automotive journalism and reviewing experience, plus front line experience in vehicle sales, Dave is proud to be aligned with Behind the Wheel.