Mitsubishi’s locally assembled
Mitsubishi Motors South Africa produces a range of locally assembled Triton DoubleCabs and Triton ClubCabs at the manufacturing plant of its parent company, Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA), in East London.
Suraiya Naidoo, divisional manager of Mitsubishi Motors SA, confirms that the locally assembled Triton DoubleCab and the ClubCab is part of Mitsubishi’s plan to offer customers products that are specially made for South African conditions.
During the third quarter of 2007, Mitsubishi unveiled three additional engines to the range of its Triton Double Cabs; the 2,4-litre petrol (in 4x2 only), 3,5-litre V6 petrol, and 3,2-litre turbodiesel (in manual and auto).
With just two years on the market, the Triton DoubleCab continues to put in an outstanding performance in the most recent Synovate Competitive Customer Satisfaction PP100 Report, emerging as the most trouble-free vehicle in its category and the JD Power CSI awards.
In addition, the Triton DoubleCab outperformed its competitors in the Euro NCAP’s first tests of ‘pick-up’ vehicles earlier this year. With the number of accolades already behind the Triton DoubleCab, its younger sibling – the Triton ClubCab – will follow in its footsteps.
Featuring the same prominent design lines as the Triton DoubleCab, the Triton ClubCab has the same ladder frame chassis as its big brother.
With safety as always paramount in all the Mitsubishi vehicles, the Triton ClubCab is fitted with driver and passenger airbags, crumple zones, and other innovations that have followed on from Mitsubishi’s RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) technology. Its unique combination of elegance, toughness and strength, will enable it to lead the ClubCab segment soon. The Triton ClubCab has three new model offerings, the 2.5 Di-DC 4 x 2 manual, 3.5 MPi Petrol 4 x 2 manual and 3.2 Di-DC 4 x 4 manual.
“Having inherited the impeccable four-wheel drive pedigree of its rally-winning forbearers, the Triton ClubCab’s choice of three engines will take the most inhospitable of road surfaces in its stride,” says Naidoo.
The Triton ClubCab has been fitted with a number of upgrades. These include a bigger cabin space, superb design technology, front independent double wishbone and coil spring suspension and rear rigid-elliptic leaf spring suspension. It also features a load bed that is longer than its predecessor for maximum utility, enabling the ClubCab to carry loads of up to 938kg – it seems no job will be too big or too tough for the Triton ClubCab.
Other standard features include a spacious and sophisticated interior, rope hooks, electric windows, air-conditioning, an MP3 and CD player, and radio with a two speaker audio system. The Triton DoubleCab and Triton ClubCab is offered with a 3-year/100 000km warranty and a 5-year/100 000km service plan with service intervals set at 10 000km for diesel models and 15 000km for the petrol models.
“The Triton range is well equipped to overcome any obstacle in comfort and style, but also tough enough to get the hardest job done with plenty of power in reserve,” concludes Naidoo.