Mitsubishi’s new 2016-generation Triton ute range shapes up to buyer expectations of car-like driveability, safety and comfort to back up its traditional workhorse ability.

The new range starts at $24,490 recommended retail for a tradie-friendly GLX cab-chassis and runs through to $47,490 for the range-topping Exceed dual-cab.

Diesel variants are available now, but the single-cab GLX two-wheel drive with 94kW petrol engine and five-speed manual transmission will go on sale near the end of this year.

Advances in the new Thai-built Triton include:
• Maximum five-star ANCAP crash protection rating on all versions
• Class-leading turning circle of 11.8 metres
• Reversing camera availability on every model
• Fuel consumption reduced by up to 20 percent, now from 7 litres per 100 kms
• Significant performance and comfort upgrades

Mitsubishi says comfort and quietness were prioritised in the Triton’s development and reflected in an enhanced NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) package and new interior and seats.

Tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment is now standard across the range, enabling drivers to find their optimum seating position. New technology features are hill-start assistance, trailer stability assistance, speed limiter, multi-information monitor and emergency braking signalling.

Mitsubishi’s Super Select four-wheel drive system has been updated and on the GLS and Exceed models there are standard high-intensity discharge headlights, LED daytime running lights, a colour touch screen, four-wheel drive selector dial, dual-zone air-conditioning and a reversing camera.

Available in three different body styles, Double Cab, Club Cab and Single Cab, the new Triton retains a 3-metre wheelbase. With a tight turning circle and faster steering rack, the Triton is significantly easier to drive and manoeuvre.

At the heart of the 2016 Triton is a stronger 2.4-litre turbodiesel engine. Peak power is increased to 133kW at 3500 rpm and torque is boosted to 430Nm at 2500 rpm.

The engine is matched to a new 6-speed manual transmission or optional 5-speed automatic.

Official maximum braked towing capacity is 3.1 tonnes is 4×4 Double Cab models, but Mitsubishi says that even with this load the Triton is able to also carry a usable payload in its tray.