Mitsubishi South Africa have recently expanded their Triton range to include three 4x2 single cab models. The all-new Single Cab Triton bakkie stands alongside Mitsubishi’s existing Triton line-up consisting of two Club Cabs and three premium Double Cab bakkies. The new Single Cab addition can be considered the ‘workhorse’ in the range while the Club Cab and Double Cab models represent a more leisure-lifestyle offering.
Replacing the old “Colt” bakkie, the Mitsubishi Triton Single Cab has the same ladder-frame chassis as its Club Cab and Double Cab Triton siblings. The double-walled load box and tailgate measure 2220 mm in length, 1470 mm in width and is 405 mm high. Rated load capacity is one ton, with a maximum towing capacity of 1200 kg. There is a choice of two petrol engines and one diesel and specifications come packaged in two different trim levels, namely GL and GLX. The petrol version is available in both GL and GLX trim while the diesel only comes as a GLX. All models come standard with Mitsubishi’s high rider suspension to improve ground clearance. The bakkie has a simple but professional exterior appearance and this would compliment any business looking for a workhorse as well as an entire business fleet.
Contrary to an expected 'basic interior' which seems to have become the norm in most Single Cab offerings these days, the Triton Single Cab's interior can be described as modern, workman-like and ergonomic. There is a hard-wearing vinyl covering for the seats and plenty of storage space in the glove box and two door pockets. The Trinton Single Cab comes with a few ‘price-included’ standard specifications that make this bakkie a winning choice when compared to competitor cars for sale in this sector. These include: electric windows, a height-adjustable power assisted steering system, central locking and air conditioning on all but the base (GL) models. The diesel GLX model also gets a standard rear differential lock thrown in. The seating consists of a driver and passenger set up with three-point seat belts and a middle passenger pew with limited middle leg room (probably enough for a small child) but with an additional two-point seat belt included. The Triton Single Cab is not fitted with a radio, but there are two speakers already factory fitted in preparation for an aftermarket unit, which can be ordered and purchased separately.
When it comes to engine capacity, the new Mitsubishi Single Cab Triton hasn’t been given a smaller powerplant, which was the case with its predecessor Colt Single Cab bakkie. Instead buyers can choose between two of the existing engines in the Triton range. There is a 2.4 litre petrol engine which is capable of producing 97 kW of power at 5250 rpm and 202 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm. The top of the range GLX diesel offering comes with a 2.5 litre turbodiesel engine which will max out at 100 kW at 4000 rpm and 314 Nm at 2000 rpm. Power is transferred to the rear wheels using a 5-speed manual transmission for all models.
Unlike most of it competitors, the Single Cab Triton comes equipped with dual airbags and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) brakes with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) as standard in the base model. This makes for a respectful approach to modern day safety as ABS and EBD is considered a critical safety feature in a rear-wheel drive, leaf-sprung vehicles.
With pricing starting at R179 900 for the entry-level petrol model, and with its host of included specifications, the new Mitsubishi Triton Single Cab makes an excellent value-for-money offering and one to seriously compare when looking at buying a car in this sector. (Prices are subject to change according to various factors so please consult your dealer for the latest price.)