In Brief: Mitsubishi Triton VGT Adventure X – Best handling pickup truck?

Arif · Aug 9, 2020 08:00 AM

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The Mitsubishi Triton VGT Adventure X is the only pickup truck with a centre LSD. That’s the mechanical highlight of the Adventure X. With the transfer case set to 4H, it can drive like a full-time 4WD and not just a part-time 4WD (no centre LSD). The Triton has the shortest wheelbase in its class, making it the easiest to manoeuvre among its rivals. The ride comfort is also decent.

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If judged mechanically, the only reason to get the Adventure X over other variants of the Triton is the centre diff. Safety wise, the Adventure X variant offers:

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  • Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM)
  • Blind Spot Warning (BSW)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Auto High Beam (AHB)
  • Ultrasonic Mis-acceleration Mitigation System (UMS)
  • All-Round Monitor (ARM)
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • 7 Airbags

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That's a lot of stuff. These are the additions in features of the VGT Adventure X over the VGT Premium variant (both AT and MT).

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A safety feature I like in the Triton is the Driving Video Recorder (DVR) which is available in the VGT Adventure X and VGT Premium variants (both AT and MT).

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The Toyota Hilux and the Isuzu D-Max (1.9L) offer easy-lift tailgates. With that in mind, the lack of that in the Triton Adventure X feels a little disappointing. Not a big deal otherwise.

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Right in the middle is the control for the transfer case of the Triton. Mitsubishi’s Super Select 4WD system gives you 4 modes to choose from:

  • 2H (2WD high range gear)
  • 4H (4WD high range gear with centre LSD)
  • 4HLc (4WD high range with locked centre differential)
  • 4LLc (4WD low range with locked centre differential)

The “special” mode from the transfer case is the 4H mode which allows you to drive with 4WD on normal roads. Off-road-wise, the Triton is rather capable thanks to the locking centre differential and several off-road modes that you can choose from.

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Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is offered in the VGT Premium and VGT Adventure X variants.

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Both Premium and Adventure X variants are equipped with roof mounted air-vents for the rear passengers, which differentiates the Triton from its rivals. The air vents only pull cold air from the front.

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The cabin is a comfortable place, and that is just the case for modern day pick-up trucks. The only truck that feels more “work-oriented” on the inside would be the rather capable Isuzu D-Max, but it also sells at a much cheaper price. The Triton, Hilux, and Ranger, have decent interiors.

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Top variants of the Triton, Hilux, and Ranger, offer power adjustable seats for the driver only. The D-Max doesn’t offer this.

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Back seats are reclined to provide more comfort to rear passengers. Pull the back seats down and there is a toolbox. This compartment is also capable of storing something as big as a gym bag.

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There’s really not much to complain about on the inside other than the glare coming from some chrome and piano black trims. For a dual-cab pickup truck, this is decent. Handling wise, the Triton feels very crossover-like.

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In addition to the crossover-like steering and the small turning radius (5.9m), the 360-degree parking camera makes the Triton a breeze to drive in tight spaces.

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The 2.4 L turbodiesel is a decent engine. Power output is 181 PS which is more than the 2.8 L Hilux (177 PS) but less than the 2.0 L bi-turbo Ford Ranger. Our acceleration tests record a 0-100km/h time of 11.5 seconds. Decent for overtaking. Fuel consumption? 10.5 km/l.

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Unique selling points:

  • Small turning radius
  • Reclined rear seats
  • Crossover-like handling

Summary

The Triton Adventure X is a good-looking truck with good handling. The truck is comfortable and has decent speed.

The Triton is a decent choice for a pickup truck if you’re shopping for one. If you’d like to try something a little different, the Triton might even be a viable daily driver.

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The only downside is that the Triton is slightly smaller than its rivals. If the Dynamic Shield of the Triton really appeals to you but you don’t want to buy a new truck, take the older Triton and slap a Pajero Sport face on it.

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Arif

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Previously an engineer in an automotive manufacturing company and a highway concessionaire. A part-time research student on biofuels and diesel engines. Obsessed with vehicle electrification and the future of transportation.

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