If you want a flashy 4×4 dual-cab ute with all the mod-cons but you don’t want to spend over $60,000, the Mitsubishi Triton GSR may interest you.9 MONTHS AGO.
Mitsubishi competes strongly on value, and there’s arguably no greater value vehicle in its line-up than the Triton.
While models like the ASX and Outlander tend to undercut similarly-specified rivals by a couple of thousand dollars, if that, the Triton significantly undercuts its rivals.
Take this flagship GSR, for example. While it mightn’t have all the active safety technology of the new Isuzu D-Max, it nevertheless has more tech than rivals like the Nissan Navara and Volkswagen Amarok.
In terms of features, it lines up with a D-Max X-Terrain, Ford Ranger XLT or Toyota HiLux SR5+. And yet, it costs anywhere between $7000 and $10,000 less than those rivals.
The HiLux and Ranger may be more powerful, but the Triton – Australia’s third best-selling ute – still offers a tantalising value proposition in the twilight of its life.
A new generation is expected to debut next year and will likely share more with the Navara from Alliance partner Nissan.
How much does the Mitsubishi Triton GSR cost?
The GSR is priced at $52,740 before on-road costs. The GLS Premium is gone for 2021, leaving the newly-introduced GSR as the flagship of the Triton line. You can, however, specify the optional Deluxe package on the GLS if you miss the GLS Premium.
Our tester was painted in Sunflare Orange, a no-cost option. Orange seems to be the hot ticket in dual-cab utes at the moment, with the recently departed Holden Colorado offering the bold Orange Crush and Isuzu prominently featuring its D-Max X-Terrain in Volcanic Amber, a shade even closer to that of the Triton.
If it’s all a bit much for you, Mitsubishi also offers Graphite Grey and Black Mica as no-cost options. White Diamond is $200.
The GSR is available with either a soft tonneau, hard tonneau or a roll-top cover, the latter two costing $2000 more.
At the end of the day, the price you pay at the dealership will be dependent on a number of factors such as when you want to buy (is the dealership chasing sales?), the stage of life of the model you’re purchasing (is a new generation being launched soon?) and of course your strength as a negotiator.
What do you get?
While the defunct GLS Premium made extensive use of chrome for its exterior, the GSR relies on gloss black exterior trim and includes matching black-finish 18-inch alloy wheels.
As a top-spec ute, the GSR has all the features you’d expect. That includes leather upholstery, heated front seats and a power adjustment for the driver’s pew.
These are in addition to features found elsewhere in the Triton range, including a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (but no satellite navigation), as well as a proximity entry with push-button start, power-folding exterior mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control and LED headlights.
Is the Mitsubishi Triton GSR safe?
When ANCAP tested the Triton in 2015, it received a rating of five stars.
That rating was based on a frontal offset score of 15.22 out of 16 and a side-impact score of 16 out of 16. Whiplash and pedestrian protection were rated Good and Acceptable, respectively.
Standard safety equipment includes autonomous emergency braking with forward-collision warning, as well as lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. There are also front, side and curtain airbags, plus a driver’s knee airbag.
The forward-collision warning works at speeds of between 15 and 140km/h if it detects a vehicle and 7 and 65km/h if it detects a pedestrian. The autonomous emergency braking function will then work at speeds of between 5 and 80km/h for vehicles and 5 and 65km/h for pedestrians.
What is the Mitsubishi Triton GSR like on the inside?
Like many of its rivals, the Triton has a no-nonsense interior with a straightforward layout, hard-wearing plastics and good build quality overall.
There are some cheap elements, however. The doors, in Mitsubishi fashion, feel quite thin and have old-looking rubber buttons for the proximity entry.
Where the ignition barrel would be in lesser Tritons is covered with a piece of plastic that you can pull away slightly. And, despite this being the top-spec Triton, there are three button blanks located prominently on the centre stack.
You won’t find air-conditioning vents at the rear of the centre console, instead they’re up on the roof and can be switched on or off. There are also flaps you can move to direct the flow of air.
Where you would ordinarily find air-conditioning vents, there’s instead a small, open cubby plus two more USB outlets.
Two back-seat passengers will find plenty of headroom and legroom though their friend in the slightly raised centre seat will find it a bit tighter than in a HiLux or Ranger, which measure 40mm and 52mm wider.
If you’re carrying young ones, you’ll find two ISOFIX and top-tether anchor points for child seats.
The Triton’s tray measures 1520mm long, 475mm deep, and 1470mm wide (1085mm at the wheel arches).
That’s around 50mm shorter than a HiLux or D-Max and 60-135mm narrower, though if you look just at the width between the wheel arches the difference shrinks to just 25-40mm.
Though the Triton’s tray is shorter than key rivals’, it has a longer rear overhang as its wheelbase is also shorter than rivals. At 3000mm, its wheelbase is 220mm shorter than that of a Ranger.
What’s under the bonnet?
While rivals like the HiLux and Ranger offer two or more different turbo-diesel engines, Mitsubishi offers just one across the range (a petrol four-cylinder is also available in the base GLX).
It’s a 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel producing 133kW of power and 430Nm of torque, mated with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Only the auto is available with the GSR.
Payload is 901kg, or 69kg and 102kg less than that of a D-Max X-Terrain or Ranger XLT.
Braked towing capacity also falls short of key rivals. At 3100kg, it hauls 400kg less than a HiLux, D-Max or Ranger.