Mitsubishi is not a name that comes to your mind first when you think of pickup trucks. However, the Japanese company does have its offering in the segment in form of Triton. The compact pickup truck started its life as Mitsubishi Forte in 1978 in Japan and later it was sold as Strada. Now it is sold in all markets except Canada, Japan, and the USA. The Fiat Fullback is actually a rehashed version of Triton. The truck is getting a makeover for 2017.
Mitsubishi Triton 2017 – Facelift Design and Technology
At first glance, you may not feel the Mitsubishi Triton 2017 to be exactly robust. The body has more curvy lines and rugged sharp creases than most of its competitors. The 3D Grille and Hood give it a futuristic as well as enticing look. The xenon headlamps also add to the appeal. You get double cabs, Club Cab, and single cabs build styles. There are 3 trims- GLX, GLS, and top end Exceed.
The cabin is also quite classy looking if not exactly lavish. The 7-inch touchscreen is easy to use and the front seats are quite comfortable. However, the back seats may seem a little too stiff.
In technology and safety departments, the Mitsubishi Triton 2017 sits middle of the lot. You get Bluetooth phone connectivity, Cruise control, seven airbags, Electronic Stability Control, Electronic Traction Control, Hill-start control and Trailer-sway control. The GLS trim gets a rear-view camera, dual-zone air-conditioning, and six-speaker audio system. Exceed trims get auto headlamps, automated windscreen wipers, and keyless entry.
The Single-Cab chassis 4WD models have a payload capacity of 1240 kg. Maximum towing capacity is 3100 kg. These are pretty decent figures.
Mitsubishi Triton 2017 – Drivetrain Configuration
The Mitsubishi Triton 2017 gets a 2.4-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder engine. You also get another 2.4-litre petrol engine that comes only with single cab GLX variants. The engines can be paired with a five-speed automatic or six-speed manual gearbox.
Mitsubishi Triton 2017 – Price and Expected Release Date
The 2017 Mitsubishi Triton will reach showrooms for sale in late 2016. Base GLX 2WD costs $23,500, mid-level GLS costs $39,990 while range-topping Exceed costs $46,990. The 2017 Mitsubishi Triton is a decent pickup truck with distinctive looks and good towing capacity. Even safety features and entertainment options are good. Rivals like Volkswagen Amarok and Mazda BT-50 have better and larger cabin and more powerful engines. They also trump the Triton in advanced safety feature segment.