Mitsubishi are expanding their Triton range with the addition of the Triton Athlete, a limited-edition model that takes the Triton concept to a whole new level.
The Triton remains a key product for Mitsubishi Motors South Africa, a bakkie that has been well received for its combination of sporty styling, excellent performance and legendary capability that allows it to tackle any terrain with ease.
The Triton Athlete is the next model in Mitsubishi’s extensive product rollout and boasts several unique exterior features that are sure to make it stand out in the crowded bakkie market as well as a variety of interior touches that elevate its premium feel significantly.
“South Africa is a bakkie country and local owners love to customise their vehicles, the Triton Athlete caters for that need by offering a bespoke package to make it stand out whether you are on or off-road,” says Jeffrey Allison, General Manager: Marketing at Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA).
Based on the Triton 4×4 Automatic, the Triton Athlete is inspired by the Café Racer concept that originated among British motorcycle lovers in London in the 1960s who took inspiration from motorsport to personalise their motorcycles.
The Triton Athlete is immediately noticeable thanks to red touches to the front bumper lower garnish
side-step and rear bumper step that remind of motorsport body kits that featured prominently on legendary models like the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.
A comprehensive decal kit inspired by the world of motorsport includes a hood decal, tailgate strip and side stripes featuring the number 01. Adding to the visual appeal of exterior specification upgrades are LED headlamps with black accents and matching daylight running lamps. The Triton Athlete rides on unique black 18-inch alloys.
The motorsport inspired theme is continued in the interior where the leather steering wheel, parking brake and floor console feature black and red stitching. Unique leather seats and door trim have also been treated to red leather stitching.
While the Mitsubishi Triton Athlete is differentiated by a variety of bespoke aesthetic touches this model retains all of the performance and legendary off-road capability that Mitsubishi vehicles are renowned for.
Under the bonnet is the same 2.4L DOHC MIVEC Diesel engine that has the performance to match the unique styling elements. Boasting 133kW at 3 500 r/min and 430Nm at 2 500r/min it is paired with a smooth shifting six-speed automatic transmission that features Intelligent Shift Control.
Endowing the Triton with go anywhere capability is Mitsubishi’s legendary Super Select II 4WD system that ensures optimum traction and handling on any surface. The system does not rely on driver input but instead transfers power to the wheels with grip instantaneously. In addition, the selectable off-road mode maximises traction by allowing the driver to select from Gravel, Mud/Snow or Sand modes when in 4hLc to suit surface conditions and optimise engine output, transmission settings and braking for superior traction. An additional Rock setting can be engaged in 4LLc. With ground clearance of 220mm, approach and departure angles of 31 and 29 degrees and a 25-degree ramp breakover angle the Triton is ready to tackle any obstacle.
“The Mitsubishi Triton Athlete offers customers a bakkie that embodies Mitsubishi’s philosophy of creating products that provide safety, comfort and quality while a number of unique features elevate the characteristic styling and athleticism, resulting in a truly unique offering,” concludes Allison.