Category: Mitsubishi Reviews

A Double Cab Bakkie Under R500K – Mitsubishi Triton GL

Posted by on 20 Apr 2022

Mitsubishi Triton GL

The Mitsubishi Triton GL double cab bakkie

The Mitsubishi Triton lives in the high end of the market in terms of what it offers, but its pricing has always been aggressively affordable. Now Mitsubishi has thrown down a very serious gauntlet with the GL M/T 4×2 priced R115K lower than the next trim level.

This new Triton seems to be aimed at fleet owners, SMEs and those looking for a double cab lifestyle at a very good price.

We all know features add to the price, especially in the double cab space. Mitsubishi did some careful cutting to reach this exceptional price, but the GL is by no means a box on wheels.

The most noticeable difference is the engine. While still the familiar 2.4-litre intercooled turbo-diesel, it produces 100kW and 324 Nm versus the 133 kW and 430 Nm of the more expensive models. Power is transmitted via a six-speed manual through a limited-slip differential to the rear wheels.

You get a touchscreen sound system that can be upgraded to Apple/Android connectivity, electric windows and side mirrors. You also get auto air conditioning.

The standard leather upholstery has been replaced with quite good looking dark grey fabric. There is a centre armrest with a cup holder, a four-spoke urethane steering wheel, a USB port and a 12v accessory socket. The GL rides on 16-inch alloy wheels.

On the safety side, it is also full service, with front airbags, ABS, EBD and brake override system, DRL lamp on the bumper and ISOFIX child seat anchors in the back.

Like all Triton models, the GL comes with a 3-year/100 000km warranty and a 5-year/90 000km service plan.

Priced at well under R500K, starting at only R480 995, the GL fills a very prominent gap in the demanding double cab market. If you can live with fabric upholstery and rear-wheel drive only, the GL offers you the ride and build quality of a Mitsubishi Triton at a great price. We suspect the compelling combination of price and features will attract smaller businesses and a large chunk of lifestyle buyers who up to now had to settle for less appealing options.

Why not book a test drive of the new Mitsubishi GL M/T 4×2 and see if this brand new package hits your motoring sweet spot?

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Bakkie Buffs Rate The Mitsubishi Triton – Here’s Why

Posted by on 18 Jan 2022

Mitsubishi Triton

The Mitsubishi Triton bakkie

The popularity of cars, and especially bakkies, is often driven by herd behaviour. “He drives one, and she, and they, so I had better drive one as well.” Some say a bakkie is a bakkie, but they are wrong. Those who truly know bakkies, and know what is important in a top-range one, rate the Mitsubishi Triton very highly indeed. Why? Let’s look at a couple of standout attributes.

The Blend Of Stylish And Practical Design

The Triton looks like it should be streaked with mud, even brand new on the showroom floor. The Dynamic Shield design gives it a robust, bundu-ready appearance. But it is not just the looks – the huge 18-inch wheels and high mounted headlamps and fog lights immediately suggest serious off-road capability.

Yet the Triton is a premium twin cab and needs to take you on- or off-road in comfort. Features not found, or optional extras on other bakkies, come standard with the Triton. These include tilt and telescopic adjustable steering column with a multi-function leather steering wheel that has audio and cruise control, voice control Bluetooth, touchscreen infotainment, dual-zone aircon, electric windows, USB and accessory plugs, leather seats, chromatic rearview mirror and electrically adjustable driver seat.

As Safe As You Can Make A Bakkie

Not all South African drivers always drive safely, to put it mildly. Vehicle safety, therefore, rates as one of the most important areas drivers consider. Consider the safety features of the Triton.

The whole range comes with RISE – Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution, seven airbags, side-impact bars, ISOFIX for child seats, active stability and traction control, ABS and EBD, brake assist, hill-start assist, DRL, auto door lock, rear camera, keyless operating and high brake light on the tailgate.

A Choice Of 4×2 And 4×4 Models

The Mitsubishi Triton double cab comes in both manual and 6 speed auto for both 4×2 and 4×4 versions, but there is more. You know that neighbour who recently bought a bakkie that looks like it was used in the last Mad Max movie? You can now cruise past in your new Triton Xtreme 4×4 Auto and give him a friendly smile…

Power, Torque And Great Mileage

All Mitsubishi Triton models come with the exceptional 2.4-litre turbo-diesel with common rail direct injection. The low compression offers very low fuel consumption without sacrificing either power or torque – 133kW at 3500rpm and 430Nm at 2500rpm.

Peace Of Mind

You will get a 3 year/100 000km manufacturer’s warranty, unlimited mileage roadside assistance for five years and a 5 year/90 000km service plan. You can enjoy driving your Triton and not worry about a thing.

Have A Look

Why not have a look at the five models of the Mitsubishi Triton available, and book a test drive of the one you like?

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The Mitsubishi Pajero Boasts Four Decades Of Setting Standards

Posted by on 19 Oct 2021

Latest Mitsubishi Pajero SWB

The Mitsubishi Pajero has been around for 40 years!

It is one of the iconic and most loved SUVs in the world, city slick with true off-road capability. The 2021 Both the Mitsubishi Pajero LWB and Sport are true head-turners, solid cars for drivers who demand power, build quality and performance. We all know someone who drives a Pajero, and many of them have driven the same one for many years. The Pajero has been around for a while. Do you know how long exactly? When was the first Mitsubishi Pajero made?

First Generation

The cold war was in full swing. Maggie and Ronnie ruled the West, with Andropov head of the Soviet Union. The first CD players are sold, playing the new Police song Every Breath You take and MAW’s Land Down Under. That was back in 1983 when the first generation Pajero was launched. It featured all-wheel drive three and five-door early SUV bodies, as well as a few soft-top options. In some markets, they were called the Shogun or Montero. The engines ranged from inline-four petrol to a V6 and a couple of diesels as well.

The top of the range 3.0-litre V6 put out 103 kW and could go 0 to 100km/h in about 12 seconds, with a top speed close to 160km/h, rather hot for the day.

So popular was that first generation that it was built, with some facelifts, until 1991.

Generation Two

The next iteration of the Pajero was unleashed in 1992, also with inline-four or V6 motors in mid-sized 3- and 5-door versions. This was the generation that set the Pajero’s off-road credentials, competing in the most gruelling races like the Paris-Dakar Rally. In fact, the Pajero Evolution was built and sold to meet the Dakar homologation criteria.

Generation Three

Born in 2000, the 3rd generation had a new, larger body. It introduced torque vectoring technology that could detect the type of terrain and adjust the power and torque accordingly. It also featured a new 3.8-litre V6 and a 3.2-litre turbo diesel. The 3.8 engine gave 182 kW and could get a top speed of 200km/h.

The Current Generation

The Pajero was class-leading when it came out, and Mitsubishi kept it up to date with new tech, even though there were four generations in forty years. South Africans now have a choice of the large, capable Mitsubishi Pajero LWB or three trim levels of the luxury, 7-seater, super-capable Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.

The LWB comes with 4 WD, rear diff lock, electrically adjusted driver seat, six airbags, rearview camera and more. It has the 3.2-litre Direct Injection Diesel Engine that gives you 140kW and a massive 441 Nm of torque.

The Sport comes with a choice of 4×2 or 4×4, the very capable 2.4 MIVEC Turbo Diesel with 133 kW and 430 Nm. It has all the luxury and safety features you would expect and more and gives a smooth and superior ride in town while being able to take on the most challenging off-road conditions with ease.

After nearly 40 years of setting SUV standards, the Pajero is still the luxury go-anywhere choice for many South Africans and any car that keeps setting standards for so long is worth a second look.

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Why The Mitsubishi Xpander 7-Seater Is A Worthy Contender

Posted by on 20 Sep 2021

2021 Mitsubishi Xpander

Mitsubishi Xpander 7-seater is already a favourite!

The brand-new offering from the Japanese automaker combines the versatility of an MPV with the sportiness of an SUV. The multi-purpose Mitsubishi Xpander is making waves in a hotly contested market and could become a South African favourite. It’s no surprise, really, as the Mitsubishi Xpander is not only more affordable than similar 7-seaters from other brands but it comes with features you might not expect at this price point.

Mitsubishi Xpander: Rising Through The Ranks

Since the 2016 launch of the Mitsubishi Xpander in Asia, the car has been a resounding success. It’s no different in South Africa as July 2021 showed that the Xpander was Mitsubishi’s second best-selling car with 65 new units which is just two units shy of the much more established Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.

While the figures may not seem mind-blowing, it’s almost on par with a Mitsubishi stalwart and that in itself is a worthy statement. Still relatively new compared to other 7-seaters, the Mitsubishi Xpander is already showing its worth and here is a closer look at the styling aspects, technology and performance.

Striking Looks At A Highly Competitive Price

The first thing you’ll notice on the Mitsubishi Xpander is the futuristic-looking front design, taking inspiration from the Mitsubishi Triton and Pajero Sport. Unlike many other 7-seaters that don’t cost a fortune, the Xpander has the interior of a multi-purpose vehicle but it’s all SUV action on the outside.

The daytime running lights, grille, fog and headlights appear as one complete piece which is certainly something different but it’s not out of place against a white body colour. With sporty 15-inch alloy wheels on the manual model and 16-inch on the automatic derivative, wide flared fenders, the Mitsubishi Xpander looks tougher than similar cars in the segment.

The headlights are crystal clear combined with daytime running lights and L-illuminated LED taillights flowing seamlessly onto the tailgate to add further impetus to the overall look. It has a higher ground clearance of 205 mm which is just another feature that not only adds flavour but it also emphasises its sporty but practical capabilities.

Incredible Attention To Detail

The basic interior is what you’d expect with parts like the dashboard and door panels made from hard plastic. However, the quality of workmanship is second to none following the principle of ‘Omotenashi’ for the driver and passengers. Loosely translated, it means “attention to detail and anticipating the guests’ needs.”

A closer look will reveal features with a stitching pattern to emulate a leather trim stitching. Standard features include the following:

  • Multi-function steering wheel
  • Tilt and telescopic adjustable steering column
  • All-around electric windows
  • Bluetooth with hands-free voice control
  • USB port
  • Three 12V sockets
  • Full-automatic air conditioning
  • Rear air circulator

The multi-information display is not overly massive but it has everything you need and, more importantly, it’s easy to use.

The Mitsubishi Xpander is certainly not short on space as there is ample room across the board thanks to the 60/40 split. It gets even bigger when you fold down the third row of seats and unlike some other brands, it goes completely flat.

Mitsubishi Xpander Performance and Fuel Economy

The new Mitsubishi Xpander seems to have it all figured out with good performance, fuel consumption and reduced noise. According to Mitsubishi, it’s made possible thanks to their durable 1.5-litre DOHC 16-valve aluminium block engine.

It features Mitsubishi’s Intelligent Innovative Valve Timing Lift Electronic Control (MIVEC) system and ECI multipoint fuel injection. This particular powertrain delivers 77kW at 6000rpm, with 141Nm of peak torque at 4000rpm.

With a fuel tank of 45 litres, the average claimed fuel consumption in a combined cycle is 6.9l/100km on the manual Xpander and 7l/100km for the automatic model. The Xpander is available with a four-speed automatic and five-speed manual gearbox.

The Mitsubishi Xpander Is Safe As Houses

Considering its classified as a people carrier, the new Mitsubishi Xpander features a wide range of innovative safety features as standard. The Xpander is designed to protect the driver, all of the passengers and other road users with these safety features:

  • Airbags for the driver and front passenger
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electronic brake force distribution (EBD)
  • Side-impact protection bars
  • Side-impact beam
  • Pedestrian protection
  • Child protection rear door locks
  • Seatbelt pre-tensioners with force limiters
  • ISOFIX child seat anchors
  • RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) body construction proving added safety for all-direction collisions

With a price of only R299 995* for the manual and R319 995* for the automatic, and all the standard features, the Mitsubishi Xpander is a solid contender among other formidable 7-seaters. It will go up against cheaper competition like the Toyota Avanza and Renault Triber but with so much more on offer.

If you want a proper family car without spending a fortune, look no further than the new Mitsubishi Xpander. With all the added extras, price tag, performance, safety features and oodles of space, you can’t go wrong. For more information, or to book a test drive, visit our Mitsubishi Xpander information page today!

*Pricing accurate as of September 2021.

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