This Father’s Day Mitsubishi celebrates dads of all shapes and sizes; dads who are practical, hard-working, reliable and tough – much like the popular Mitsubishi Triton.
For buyers, particularly family men, pickups are more than simply vehicles. For many it is a status symbol that makes them stand out. It is also a workhorse, a family vehicle and an adventure companion.
The current generation of the Triton was introduced locally in 2019, less than six months after the world launch. Since then, it has been hailed as a highly competent offering in the bakkie segment, and one that caters to the needs of discerning buyers.
With a pickup-building pedigree that stretches well over 40 years, Mitsubishi managed to enhance and refine the current Triton in such a way that it has found favour with commercial and leisure users, as well as – of course – dads who recognise quality and value when they see it.
The clothes make the man and in this respect the styling of the Triton gives it a rugged yet well-groomed and attractive appearance. Some of its most striking exterior features include Mitsubishi’s “Dynamic Shield” front design, which incorporates a high hood line and beefy-looking headlights. At the same time sculpted body curves with contrasting sharp lines, extended wheel flares and bright accents create the impression of strength. The Triton also comes in fashionable colours such as Sunflare Orange, Diamond White Metallic and Graphite Grey Metallic.
Discerning fathers don’t only want to look good though, they also want to travel in comfort and the interior of the Triton offers just that. It has a modern and robust feel to it, with frame surroundings for the switch panel and air outlets. A high-quality look is created by soft pad materials and stitching on the floor console, armrests and parking brake.
In addition, a tilt and telescopic adjustable steering column, a multi-function leather steering wheel with audio and cruise control, Bluetooth with hands-free voice control, a touch-screen radio/CD and MP3 player, dual-zone automatic air-conditioning, electric windows, USB and accessory sockets, leather seats, an electrically adjustable driver seat and a chromatic rear-view mirror ensure that any trip in the Triton is an enjoyable experience.
Apart from good looks inside and out, the Triton also boasts the latest in active safety and driver assistance systems, as well as a very capable 4WD system that delivers impressive off-road performance.
Any father will agree that the safety of his family members is of paramount importance. The Triton addresses this by providing a high impact-safety cabin structure and a host of safety features that include seven airbags, side-impact protection bars, a collapsible steering column, ISOFIX child seat anchors, active stability and traction control (ASTC), an anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), a brake assist system (BAS), speed-sensing door lock and a high-mounted rear stop lamp.
Fathers with an adventurous spirit will appreciate the Triton’s Super-Select II 4WD system, delivering optimum traction and handling characteristics for any surface, no matter how challenging. With ground clearance of 220 mm, approach and departure angles of 28 degrees and 23 degrees respectively, and a 25-degee ramp breakover angle, there are very few places the Triton won’t be able to go.
Dads might be tough, but they have big hearts. At the heart of every Triton beat Mitsubishi’s tried and tested 2.4L MIVEC turbodiesel engine, mated to either a six-speed automatic transmission with Intelligent Shift Control or a six-speed manual transmission. Clever dads will be impressed by performance figures of 133 kW at 3 500 r/min and 430 Nm of peak torque at 2 500 r/min.
Fathers are sensible creatures too, so should be impressed by the fact that all Triton models are covered by Mitsubishi’s manufacturer’s warranty of three years or 100 000 km, a five-year/90 000 km service plan, and five-year/unlimited-mileage roadside assistance. Service intervals are every 10 000 km.
In our eyes all dads are heroes. They work hard, provide comfort and protection and perform when required to. They also know how to relax and have fun. The Triton can do all this and more. It is a true Mitsubishi hero.