The Triton tapped danced up and down the concrete ‘boards’ of the motorway, leaving occupants shakin’ all over.
Thankfully, this was no polka: ‘three-sixties’ here would have been well out of order.
On minor-road bitumen the terpsichorean bobbing up and down stepped aside for the GSR dual cab ute to settle for the odd bounce when encountering surface blemishes.
Let’s face it, most utes exhibit some degree of rodeo riding. However, there is work to be done here.
The new Triton is a relative late comer to the dual cab ute segment dominated by the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger — the Mitsubishi relying on value for money in its appeal.
Unfortunately, this has resulted in Triton being seriously challenged by the likes of the Mazda BT-50 and Isuzu D-Max, not to mention Chinese and Korean offerings.
What’s it cost?
Mitsubishi Australia offers the MY22 Triton in six variants, with the GLX from a bargain basement $44,240 drive away.
The range is rounded out by the GSR from $65,740 drive away. The latter our test vehicle.
Accessories across the range are designed to suit most needs.
Select from a Work Pack, Tradie Essential Pack, Starter Pack, Polished Pack or Black Pack.
The all-over black GSR test vehicle sported 18-inch alloys and blacked-out grille.
Clam-shell-style doors, platform side steps and grab handles made for easy access.
Efficient LED headlights and daytime running lights are in line with the latest look in pick-up truck design.
On the smaller side of the segment, the ‘tucked in’ Triton’s less than 12 metre turning circle does make for easier parking than many of its segment rivals.
In these days of tablet-style technology, a small(ish) touchscreen, covering Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and DAB+ digital radio, dwells in the past, while a head-up display on the windscreen, covering speed and legal speed limits, catches up with present-day standards.
Analogue instruments literally dial up memories of the old workhorse, the layout relating to modern times only by a digital display between the two gauges.
The five-star ANCAP safety grade, won way back in 2015, has expired in December and Triton needs to re-tested.
However, Mitsubishi Intuitive Technology (MITEC) does incorporate such technical advantages as anti-lock braking with electronic brake-force distribution; forward collision mitigation; ultrasonic mis-acceleration mitigation; blind spot and lane departure warnings; lane change assist; hill descent control; all-round monitor; hill start assist; reverse parking camera and sensors and rear cross-traffic alert.
Passive safety is covered by seven airbags and an audible warning to pedestrians when the vehicle is reversing.
Out in front with its 10-year, 200,000km Diamond Advantage warranty, the maker offers Triton cover, provided all scheduled servicing is done on time and by an authorised dealer.
What’s it go like?
The cabin décor certainly makes a statement with orange leather appointed seats, black leather door trims with orange stitching, the latter repeated on the steering wheel, gear shift knob and park brake lever.
The luxe look is let down somewhat by black plastic surrounds, which are present in abundance.
Front seats are heated, while two rear seat passengers are well catered for with generous leg room and a reclined seatback angle allowing ample, head and shoulder room — three across not so.
The bench seat back folds to expose a slim storage space across the width of the cabin.
Storage, in general, is well covered with cup holders all round, a cubby up front, deep centre console and big-bottle door slots.
Out back, the tub dimensions — 1520mm long, 1470mm wide, 475mm deep — are some of the smallest in the segment, while four integrated cargo hooks can safely secure a variety of loads.
The MY22 Triton relies on the tried and tested (ageing) 2.4-litre Mitsubishi MIVEC common-rail, intercooled turbodiesel engine putting out 133kW of power at 3500 rpm and 430Nm of torque at 2500 revs.
A six-speed automatic transmission and Super Select II 4×4 system cover the spectrum of on- and off-road capability.
Constructed in lightweight materials, including an aluminium block, it’s fuel efficiency over performance with the turbodiesel powerplant.
It’s ponderous off the mark but relaxed and co-operative at cruising speeds.
Note: leave the steering wheel-mounted metal shift paddles alone. They add little to the driving experience.
It’s definitely a case of engine management knows best.
Mitsubishi puts fuel consumption at a combined 8.6L/100km.
On test the GSR recorded 11.0L/100km city commuting and 6.7L/100km on the open road.
As mentioned above, a rigid ladder chassis; up front, double wishbones with coil springs and stabiliser bar; and above-axle leaf spring rear suspension had their moments.
Super Select II 4×4 system incorporates four modes: 2H, rear-wheel drive; 4H, full-time power to all wheels; 4HLC, 4WD high range with locked centre differential, minimises wheel spin with low grip; 4LCC, 4WD low range with locked centre diff, maximum traction at low speed.