The Mitsubishi Triton range is both diverse and a little bit confusing. It starts with the (commercial use only) Triton Heavy Duty, and goes on through the Triton Single Cab, Triton LITE Turbo, standard Triton 2.5, to the range-topping Triton VGT, each with varying levels of specifications. Now, the VGT model is split into two variants: the VGT GS and VGT GL.
So what’s new here, then? For starters, the Mitsubishi Triton VGT GS bundles in most of the extras that were offered in the limited edition Triton VGT Euro from last year, such as the powered sunroof, powered sliding rear vent window (the glass panel behind the rear seats) and a short cargo bed.
The shorter bed measures 1,325 mm, significantly shorter than the standard truck‘s 1,505 mm. It improves manoeuvrability and parking in tight spaces, and it looks better too, no? The regular Triton’s long rear overhang has always appeared slightly awkward. Plus, as the VGT GS is primed as the Triton’s premium variant and aimed at city dwellers, its absolute load carrying capacity counts for little here.
More goodies include a black leather upholstery with red highlights and a premium security tint film by Llumar. The rest of the pickup is identical to the Triton VGT it replaces – 17-inch wheels, front bumper extender, dual airbags, automatic climate control, multi info RV meter and a Bluetooth and iPod compatible Kenwood head unit are all standard.
The Mitsubishi Triton VGT GS, now the range-topping variant, is priced at RM106,835 on-the-road without insurance and is available in Red Solid, White Solid and Black Mica. A three-year/100,000 km warranty and Mitsubishi’s two-year free maintenance package are included too.
Also new is the Triton VGT GL, priced at RM99,617. This one loses out on the GS’ new add-ons, but is equipped with an extended cargo bed, 16-inch wheels, plate-type side steps and dual airbags. The side decals, protector mouldings and bumper extender are all taken out too, but none of them are essential items. A Cool Silver colour option replaces the GS-exclusive Red Solid.
Common to both models is the familiar VGT-equipped 2.5 litre turbodiesel engine, with peak power of 178 PS and 350 Nm of torque, the latter maintained from 1,800 to 3,500 rpm. Also standard is a five-speed automatic transmission with Sports mode, along with Mitsubishi’s Easy Select 4WD system, Hybrid Limited Slip Differential (LSD), ABS and EBD.
Danny has driven the Mitsubishi Triton VGT on- and off-road in Kuching when it was launched last year. Read his full review here.