PRICING AND MODEL INFORMATION HAS BEEN RELEASED FOR THE ALL NEW MITSUBISHI MQ TRITON RANGE
Mitsubishi Motors has launched its new generation 2016 MQ Triton range today with sales set to kick-off at the start of May.
Mitsubishi claim that it has developed its most comfortable and family friendly light commercial yet. Passenger car comfort and quietness were priorities during the MQ’s development and are reflected in Triton’s comprehensive NVH package and all-new interior and seats.
The MQ Triton has also managed to score itself a 5-star ANCAP safety rating.
“Mitsubishi’s fifth-generation Triton has made significant advances in every area and represents a big leap forward in the light commercial segment.
“New Triton is more refined and car-like, and still retains the trademark strength, durability and reliability that Triton has built its reputation on in Australia,” said Mitsubishi Motors Australia Executive Director of Marketing Tony Principe
Inside the MQ there is now tilt and telescopic steering, Hill Start Assist, Trailer Stability Assist, an adjustable speed limiter, multi-information monitor and Emergency Stop Signal function standard across the model range.
Mitsubishi’s new generation Super Select four-wheel drive II, HID headlights, LED Daytime Running Lamps, full colour touch screen, four-wheel drive selector dial, dual zone climate control air-conditioning and reversing camera are standard fitment on GLS and Exceed.
There are three different body styles, Double Cab, Club Cab and Single Cab. The new Triton retains a 3-metre wheelbase and class-leading 11.8 metre turning circle. Steering effort has been improved with a reduction in the number of turns from lock to lock, which makes the MQ more maneuverable than other light commercials.
Powering the MQ range is a new 2.4-litre MIVEC turbo diesel engine, which has more power and torque than the engine it replaces. Peak power has increased to 133kW at 3500 rpm, while torque is boosted to 430Nm at 2500 rpm across both manual and automatic transmission models.
The new engine is available with either a new 6-speed manual transmission or optional 5-speed auto with Sport Mode.
It’s a little surprising that Mitsubishi hasn’t joined the towing capacity race, with the MQ rated to tow 3100kg (braked), 400kg shy of the main competitors (Hilux aside).
Mitsubishi will offer a Triton GLX Single Cab 2WD with optional 94kW 2.4-litre 4-cylinder multi-point fuel injection petrol engine and five-speed manual transmission approximately six months after the May launch of the diesel models.
Safety has been substantially boosted over the outgoing MN range with higher strength steels being used in the key body structure to efficiently absorb and disperse impacts, while retaining the cabin integrity during a crash.
Passive safety features include driver and front passenger SRS airbags, side and curtain airbags and driver’s knee airbag, while seat belts are fitted with pre-tensioners and force limiters.
Active Stability and Traction Control or ASTC is standard across the 2016 range, along with Mitsubishi’s ESS Emergency Stop Signal function, which flashes the hazard warning lights under heavy braking to alert vehicles approaching from behind.
All models are also fitted with brake override system, which uses sensors to recognise when both accelerator and brake pedals are being pressed at the same time and gives priority to the brake system to prevent accidental acceleration.
A rear view camera is available across the range; as a standard feature on GLS and Exceed and accessory on GLX.
Triton achieves an acceptable rating for pedestrian protection with its energy absorption frontal impact structure, which extends from the front bumper, bonnet, cowl and immediate structures underneath.
NEW DIESEL ENGINE
The new 2.4-litre MIVEC turbo diesel engine uses an all-aluminium cylinder block construction and is more efficient, more powerful and more refined than its predecessor.
Fuel economy and emissions have been improved by lowering the compression ratio to 15.5:1 and locating the diesel particulate filter as close to the engine as possible.
A 10 per cent reduction to the rotating inertia of the variable geometry turbo charger helps Triton generate torque at low rpm and provide smooth and responsive torque delivery right through the rev range.
The engine’s torque delivery has been tuned with Australian customers in mind, delivering greater responsiveness, faster torque delivery and significantly improved acceleration feel.
The MQ’s fuel economy is amongst the best in its class. The top-spec Exceed Double Cab 4×4 automatic has an official rating of 7.6 l/100km, while GLX Double Cab with manual transmission achieves 7.2 l/100km. The entry level Triton GLX Single Cab diesel 2WD with 6-speed manual just 7.0 l/100km.
Inside the MQ the interior is more ‘car-like’ than previous generation Tritons. It has a symmetrical and integrated design that flows from the centre of the instrument panel through to the door trim and centre console. The design is complemented by a black and grey two-tone colour scheme with piano black and chrome finishes on the centre console, shifter panel and door switches.
The materials used have been improved resulting in a more upmarket feel throughout.
Triton’s three-spoke steering wheel is finished with a plated three diamond Mitsubishi emblem in the centre and fitted with cruise and steering wheel audio controls.
New front and rear seats with increased cushioning are fitted and the front seats benefit from longer and wider backrests, while side cushioning is boosted to improve support.
Clever packaging has allowed designers to maximise Triton’s cabin comfort while maintaining wheelbase and overall exterior dimensions.
Overall, Triton Double Cab interior length is up by 20mm with greater head and shoulder space in the front and more legroom in the back, while front seat rearward travel is extended by 14mm.
Head clearance and shoulder room have increased compared to the previous generation Triton by repositioning the side glass.
Overall, head clearance is improved by 8mm and shoulder room is up by 10mm, while rear legroom has increased by 20mm.
Rear seat comfort is assisted by Triton’s equal best-in-class rear seat angle of 25 degrees.
The MQ retains the same wheelbase with the wheels moved further rearward. This allows Triton to maintain a best in class approach angle of 30 degrees and a slightly improved rear departure angle of 22 degrees.
The main benefit of these changes is better weight distribution across all four wheels and improved mass distribution under load conditions.
The rear sub frame has been beefed up and the tub is mounted in a way that increases overall torsional strength.
The 2016 Triton chassis is a development of the existing double wishbone front and leaf spring rear suspension chassis configuration, however, it has been significantly revised with new:
- Rear shock design
- Rear leaf spring – mounting position and length extended by 120mm
- Front droplink mounting
- Front and rear spring rates and shock rates
- Bigger front stabilizer bar
- Overall suspension tune
FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE CAPABILITY
All Triton GLX models are equipped with the Easy Select 4WD system which is operated via a new four-wheel drive selector dial. Easy Select 4WD allows the driver to switch between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive on the move.
The system has three operating modes – 2H, 4H and 4L – and the driver can change between 2H and 4H at speeds under 100km/h. Transfer case low-range gearing has also been lowered compared to the MN.
GLS and Exceed models are fitted with Mitsubishi’s new generation Super Select 4WD II system, which offers four driving modes including locked 4WD mode.
Exceed gains an electronic rear diff lock feature as standard, which oddly is not an option on the other models.
NEW MODEL LINE-UP
*Italics indicate new feature
Triton GLX (4×2 Single Cab, Double Cab)
- 2.4-litre MIVEC diesel engine
- Emissions Standard: Euro 5
- Transmission: 6MT
- Transmission: 5AT optional (dependent on model)
- 16×6” steel wheels with 205R16C tyres (Single Cab)
- 16×7” steel wheels with 245/70R16 tyres and overfenders (Double Cab)
- Heavy duty suspension
- Halogen headlamps
- Chrome grille
- A-Pillar assist grip (LH + RH)
- Tilt and telescopic Steering Column
- Cruise control with steering wheel controls
- Hands free Bluetooth with voice command and steering wheel controls
- Combination meter: light through type (amber illumination)
- Audio system with AM/FM radio/CD player
- USB port
- Twin LCD trip meter
- Multi Information Monitor – average fuel consumption, driving distance
- Adjustable speed limiter
- 7 airbags (driver & passenger, side and curtain, driver knee)
- ABS/EBD/ASC/brake over-ride system
- Hill Start Assist system
- Trailer Stability Assist system
- Emergency Stop Signal function
- [Optional 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 5-speed manual transmission available late 2015]
Triton GLX (4×4 Single Cab, Double Cab)
As above, plus:
- Easy Select 4WD system
- Electronic control transfer shift dial
- 16×7” steel wheels with 245/70R16 tyres and overfenders
Triton GLX (4×4 Club Cab)
As above, plus:
- Side steps
- 4-door body with clamshell style doors
Triton GLS (4×4 Double Cab)
As above, plus:
- Super Select II 4WD
- 17×7.5” alloy wheels
- 245/65R17 111S tyres
- Front bumper under garnish: painted
- High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps
- LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)
- Front fog lamps
- Side steps
- Rear step bumper
- Sports bar
- Rear view camera
- Chrome automatic electric folding door mirrors with side turn lamp
- 3-spoke leather steering wheel
- Leather transmission shift knob
- Piano black and silver trim panel highlights
- Combination meter with white illumination
- Sports trim interior fabric
- Fabric door trim insert panel
- Needle punch carpet with heel pad
- Outside temperature indicator
- Dual zone full auto climate control air-conditioning
- Display audio with 6.1″ colour touch screen, AM/FM radio/CD player
- DAB (digital audio broadcast) radio
- 6-speaker audio, including two tweeters
Triton Exceed (4×4 Double Cab)
As above, plus:
- Transmission Paddle Shift
- Diff Lock
- Leather look door trim insert panel
- Smart key
- One Touch Start
- Dusk sensing headlamps
- Rain sensing auto intermittent wipers
- Leather seats
- Driver power seat
- Mitsubishi Multi Communication System featuring 7″ touch screen display with DAB, 3D navigation mapping and SD Card input
PRICING BY MODEL
GLX Single Cab Chassis 4X2 – $24,490 (MAN) $26,990 (AUTO)
GLX Double Cab Chassis 4X2 – $35,990 (AUTO)
GLX Single Cab Chassis 4X4 – $32,490 (MAN)
GLX Club Cab Chassis 4X4 – $35,290 (MAN)
GLX Double Cab Pick Up 4X4 – $36,990 (MAN) $39,490 (AUTO)
GLS Double Cab Pick Up 4X4 – $40,990 (MAN) $43,490 (AUTO)
Exceed Double Cab Pick Up 4X4 – $47,490 (AUTO)
SERVICING AND WARRANTY
The MQ Triton range comes with a five-year/100,000km New Car Warranty.
Triton’s capped price servicing is carried out every 15,000km or 12 months, whichever comes first.
Capped Price Service schedule and pricing is below:
15,000km (12 months) $350 RRP
30,000km (24 months) $580 RRP
45,000km (36 months) $580 RRP
60,000km (48 months) $580 RRP