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2019 Mitsubishi Triton GLS Automatic Review

Upper spec dual cab utes these days need to strike the right balance between being the capable and reliable workhorse throughout the week while still providing the comfort and safety expected of a family car for the weekend. Often the end result feels thrown together as an afterthought. Well Mitsubishi are here to prove that a little bit of thought goes a long way with their 2019 Triton GLS 4×4 Dual Cab.

Sporting a heavily refreshed design and look for 2019 the Triton makes a great first impression with its sharp and crisp appearance. The front end looks miles apart from anything rivals offer with those razor thin headlights tapering well into the side profile giving off a slightly futuristic look. It’s a look that may split opinions and mine are firmly in the Triton’s corner. The short stubby nose, rising rear end and big pumped guards signal that the Triton is no stranger to tough terrain either.

Since you’ll be spending the majority of your time planted in the driver’s seat rather than taking in the bodywork you’ll be glad to know that Mitsubishi have kept up their efforts here too. One feature that’s taken for granted in almost all cars that brings so much comfort and yet is sorely missing from many modern utes is the humble reach adjustable steering wheel. The Triton is one of the few utes that scores this coveted item and what a difference it makes to overall comfort. The leather wrapped steering wheel, shifter and centre arm rest help out here too however the door trims miss out with the arm rests being made of hard plastic. This trend continues elsewhere throughout the cabin as there’s quite a lot of hard plastic to be found around the interior.

Those in the back are in for a bit of a treat with twin roof mounted air vents that pipe in air from the front, it’s a more effective setup that allows the air to blow down rather than up if they were to be placed in the rear of the centre console. Instead the centre console now plays host to a storage box and twin USB charging ports. Two sets of ISOFIX mounting points are easily accessible from both outer rear seats and the fold down armrest reveals two drink holders.

The rear tray drops down to grant access to the back which offers up a generous amount of cargo space along with six cargo hooks to keep things where you left them. Unfortunately the rear lacks a toneau cover, tub liner or tow bar as standard so you’ll need to dig a little deeper through your pockets to spec up the Triton.

Back up in the front drivers will find the thick A pillars a mild hindrance to forward visibility and the raised profile of the rear side windows expand the usual C Pillar blind spots that all utes have. To remedy this Mitsubishi have added blind spot monitoring to assist the plus sized mirrors eliminating the guess work for lane changes.

Maneuvering through carparks is a challenge simply due to the size of the thing however the process is made easier due to front and rear parking sensors along with rear cross traffic alert and the reversing camera.

Build quality was not an issue as everything felt nice tight and solid despite the lavish use of hard plastics inside, it was only when the stereo’s bass was cranked up that some trim rattle reared its ugly head.

One item that the Triton could benefit from would be the addition of a digital speed readout from the trip computer display, instead you’ll be relying on the analogue gauges.

Breathing life into the Triton falls to the 2.4-litre turbo intercooled diesel that’s able to produce 133kW at 3,500rpm and 430Nm of torque from 2,500rpm. While those numbers won’t set the world on fire in terms of brute acceleration, there’s enough muscle to get up and going easily and the 6-speed automatic will rapidly shift down once you’re on the go and more grunt is needed. Paddle shifters are included for further control or you can simply use the standard sports auto to get the job done.

Throttle response is quite sharp once on the move though from a stand still there’s hesitation before things get underway.

The fuel tank clocks in at a chunky 75 litres giving the Triton a massive range before running dry. With pure freeway driving a fuel economy figure of 6.3L/100km was reached which gives a maximum range of close to 1,200km. That’s with freeway driving only though, take the Triton around town and the figures drop to a more real world value of about 9.0L/100km which isn’t far off the official 8.6L/100km rating.

When unladen the Triton will bounce and jiggle around a bit which is common of its work focused brethren. Other shared traits include plenty of body roll, a slow steering rack and a giant turning circle. That said the Triton is much nicer to drive than some of its rivals as the supportive seats keep you in place through the bends and there’s feedback through the wheel thanks to the traditional hydraulic steering rack. Grip levels felt good with more on offer than expected and the Triton handling low grip situations quite well.

When it comes to safety Mitsubishi weren’t mucking around, the Triton GLS is loaded with the latest safety kit which helps it maintain its 5-star ANCAP rating. The list of safety equipment would even put some family focused SUV’s to shame:

  • 7 Airbags
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Brake Emergency Display
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Forward Collision Mitigation (low speed)
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Parking Sensors (front and rear)
  • Pedestrian Avoidance with Braking
  • Trailer Sway Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert

Also included are a number of useful and convenient tech toys:

  • 7-inch infotainment touch screen with DAB+, Bluetooth, HDMI, AUX, USB, Android Auto / Apple CarPlay
  • Dual Zone Climate Control
  • Speed Limited Cruise Control
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Light Sensitive Headlights
  • Electric Level Adjustable Headlights
  • Power Folding Door Mirrors
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Speed Dependent Wipers

Audio quality from the stereo is above average only hindered by the previously mentioned bass induced trim rattle. The system overall is simple and easy to use but can be a pain to shuffle between stations as there’s no easy way to use the wheel mounted buttons to browse through them all. Also oddly missing from the feature set is GPS sat-nav, dig through the menus and you’ll find a way to show your GPS coordinates which is about as useful as pedals on a wheelchair.

One last item of note is the massive 7-year / 150,000km warranty that’s valid until September 30th 2019. There’s a chance this may get extended to a later date as it was originally stated to end in June earlier this year.

Verdict

Design & Comfort

8.5/10

Performance & Handling

7.0/10

Quality

8.0/10

Economy

8.5/10

Equipment & Features

8.5/10

OUR SCORE

4.1/5

Our Score: 4.1/5

+ Plus

  • Well priced and huge 7 year warranty
  • Sharp looks
  • Reach adjustable steering wheel

Minus

  • No digital speedo
  • No tonneau cover as standard
  • No sat-nav

Overall

Offering supreme value the 2019 Mitsubishi Triton GLS is impossible to ignore for those wanting a go anywhere family friendly ute. Loaded up with an extensive list of safety equipment and an increased focus on driver and passenger comfort, the Triton has a real edge over its competition and the sharp new design will keep it looking fresh for years to come.

2019 Mitsubishi Triton GLS 4X4 Dual Cab Pricing and Specification

Price (Excl. on-road costs)From: $46,990
White Diamond Pearl Paint: $890
As tested: $47,880
Warranty7 Years/150,000 Kilometres
Warranty Customer Assistance1 Year Roadside
Country of OriginJapan (Built in Thailand)
Service Intervals12 months/15,000km
Engine2.4-litre turbo intercooled four cylinder diesel

133kW @ 3,500rpm, 430Nm @ 2,500rpm

Transmission6 Speed Automatic
DrivetrainPart time 4WD with low range
Power to Weight Ratio (W/kg)66.9
Combined Fuel Consumption (L/100km)Claimed: 8.6 / Tested: 6.3 (freeway) 9 (urban)
RON Ratingn/a
Fuel Capacity (L)75
Body4-door pickup, 5 seats
Safety5-star ANCAP, 7 Airbags, Seatbelt Load Limiters & Pre-Tensioners (front), Blind Spot Monitoring, Brake Emergency Display, Reverse Camera, Forward Collision Mitigation (low speed), Forward Collision Warning, Pedestrian Avoidance with Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Hill Holder, Park Distance Control (front/rear), Trailer Sway Control, Anti-Lock Braking System, Brake Emergency Display, Brake Assist, Traction Control, Stability Control, Electronic Brake Force Distribution.
Dimensions (L/W/H/W-B) mm5,305 / 1,815 / 1,795 / 3,000
Kerb Weight (kg)1,988
Cargo Box Floor Dimensions (L/W/WBA/H) (mm)1,520 / 1,470 / 1,085 / 475
Payload (kg)912
Ground Clearance (mm)220
Approach Angle (degrees)31
Departure Angle (degrees)23
Breakover Angle (degrees)25
Towing Capacity (kg)Braked: 3,100 / Unbraked: 750
Entertainment7.0-inch colour touchscreen, 6 speakers, DAB+, Bluetooth, USB/AUX/HDMI, Android Auto / Apple CarPlay

Competitors:

Holden Colorado, Nissan Navara, Mazda BT-50, Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, Isuzu D-Max

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