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Mitsubishi Triton GLS Double Cab | Road Test

05-Oct-2015 | Contributed by: Editor - Drew Thompson

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Deep blue and bad ass. The Triton ute is no nonsense and ready to get your through any kind of terrain you want to throw at it.

Mitsubishi Triton GLS - Review

The one thing you notice about the Mitsubishi Triton GLS is that it is a truck. It doesn't mess about, it gets on with the job. You get a working truck and just that, a working truck. The Triton GLS model that we tested comes with a few extra bonus features, but underneath the bonnet, through out the transmission and chassis, the Triton GLS is all business.

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Mitsubishi Triton GLS - The Ride

The Triton GLS has four drive modes. Not three like every other ute out there, it has four. You get the standard 2H, 4H, and 4L, the Triton then adds another. It's probably best to explain these a bit better as it's not just 4L. The four wheel low gear option is split into two categories - 4HLC and 4LLC. The reason for splitting the 4L section of the gearbox is because not all terrain is suitable for just one mode of 4L. Mitsubishi have put the effort and research in to create these two extra modes. In fact, it's probably easier if I just introduce you to MATT.

MATT - Mitsubishi All Terrain Technology is what they call this combination of traction systems. Mitsubishi developed this in the Paris-Dakar rally, where if you don't have a decent 4WD system there you are probably just riding a camel. The system worked for their competition cars so they introduced it to their utes.

4HLC is for muddy, rugged and slippery conditions. It's a high range 4WD with a locked centre differential. This means that the power to the tires is evenly distributed to all four wheels. I'd call it the 'moderate level' four wheel driving. We used this mode on the farm paddocks that were all mud, all ruts and all slippery stuff. Nothing over the top, it's still a farm after all...and there still needs to be a bit of grass for the stock. The Triton was at home.

The next mode lower is 4LLC - Low range with a locked centre differential. This is for the serious stuff. Deep mud, deep sand and snow - this mode gives you 'tractor-like' crawling power and maximum low speed torque that will pull you through it all. It will also pull out even the biggest trailer and boat from any number of tricky, slippery boat ramps. It's got 437Nm of torque to pull 3100 kilograms. Plenty of pulling power for any boat, float or trailer load of dirt. 

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Cruising on the highway in 2H mode gives the scrooges out there the fuel economy and tyre saving options they seek. I found when on the tight and windy country bends, the 4H option was the best choice as the 4WD system gives you the extra grip in the tight corners. In fact, I found that the 4H mode worked a treat over the farm too. It was only when we went into the rough stuff that I switched to a lower 4WD option - and even when I did switch, it was more a conditioned response than a necessary one. If you have the option, why not use it? You can switch between 2H and 4H up to 100km/hr. The usual 'must be stationary' option applies when switching to the more off road modes.

Overall, the Triton is a smooth ride. You are high, so there is some roll, but no more than every other ute out there. Mitsubishi have done a great job with the interior, there are comfortable cloth seats that give you good side support when you are getting thrown around due to the ruts. The 17 inch alloys make it look good for when you get a moment to pop into town.

The engine that spits out the massive torque range is a newly designed engine for this new Triton range; a 2.4 litre all-alloy DiD Mivec intercooled turbo diesel engine. As emissions are sort of a hot topic at the moment, you will be happy to hear that this engine passes those tests with a legitimate 188 gram/km with it's fuel economy a convenient 7.2 lt/100km. 

You also have a tray that is 10% bigger than the last Triton. It's high sides allow you to transport a wider range of items in the back, plus you can get close to a tonne of stuff in there too, which is always handy for dropping large items off at random hard to get places on your farm...or a couple of dirt bikes for the weekend.

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Mitsubishi Triton GLS - The fancy bits

The Mitsubishi Triton GLS is a work truck, but rest assured it still has some of the features you need to make driving worthwhile. It comes as a 6 speed manual or a 5 speed automatic with sports mode. You get a slew of air bags, seven in fact. Mitsubishi have delivered a 5 star ANCAP safety rating with a large assortment of safety related acronyms too - ABS, EBD(electronic brake force distribution), ASC (active stability control) and ATC (active traction control). 

On the safety topic, you will find an adjustable speed limiter option. This is a handy little feature that allows you to put a cap on your top speed. It's far more effective than a speed alarm that beeps when you go past a certain speed...and then stops after you surpass that speed. This setting, when active, wont let you go faster than the speed you set it at. I can't help but think that this system needs a special security code to go along with it so you can lend your ute to your teenage son and he wont be able to go over 40km/h. 

Keyless entry and keyless start functions are neat little gadgets that work well for a work truck. If you think about it, how often are your hands covered in muck or grime and you have to sift through your bag or jacket to find your keys? Keep the keys in your bag or pocket, press the little button on the door handle and hop in. Press the button on the dash, (right where you would expect the ignition to be, thank you Mitsubishi) and drive off. Being a traditional chap, I struggle a bit with keyless locking,  the old walk away and expect everything to do what it should never sits well with me. Some cars you have to trust that they are locked, some even give you a slightly reassuring beep to prove they have done the job, either way I'm never satisfied. The Triton allays my fears, because when it locks the wing mirrors fold in, brilliant! Visual recognition that I can walk away from a flash new car that I don't actually own and know that it is locked is great peace of mind.

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The Triton GLS comes with a nice lady to talk you through connecting your phone and making use of the bluetooth handsfree options available. All the features are encompassed in a 6 inch screen which gives you plenty of vision for the rear view backing camera.

Service wise, the Triton has the longest warranty period - a full ten years. To me, that is a very loud and clear message from a very confident manufacturer that this is truck built to last.  

Mitsubishi Triton GLS - The Verdict

This one tackled all rough stuff and it was fun driving through it too. We got a load of hay in the back and we were able to feed out with no problems. Next time there will be problems as we are out of hay, but luckily spring growth has kicked in, but come the end of summer I'm sure the Triton will come in handy when I need to pick up more hay. The Triton is a no nonsense working type person's truck. It's got the power to tow almost anything you could possibly need to tow and I challenge you to get this one stuck in the mud, sand or snow. You wont, but it will certainly come in handy pulling out your mates when they get stuck in their utes.



Mitsubishi Triton GLS Double Cab

To find a dealer near you to book a test drive - click here

For the full specs - click here

Engine: 2.4L MIVEC intercooled turbo diesel engine

Torque: 437Nm

Towing Capacity: 3,100 kilograms

Transmission:
6-speed manual transmission (5 speed automatic available)

RRP: Pricing from $34,790. Pricing for model tested $57,490 + ORC

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