The all-new Mitsubishi Triton is just around the corner, but the outgoing version is getting a heck of a swan-song – courtesy of famed Australian engineering firm Walkinshaw.
It’s a limited-edition model based on the Triton GSR, buffed up with better suspension, new wheels and tyres, bash plating and tough design add-ons, sold at Mitsubishi dealers.
It gives Mitsubishi a competitor to other Aussie-created ute halos such as the Nissan Navara Warrior by Premcar, Toyota HiLux Rogue, and Mazda BT-50 Thunder, filling a gap it hasn’t addressed with any kind of Ralliart equivalent to date.
It’s principally the work of Walkinshaw Automotive Group (WAG), the Melbourne engineering and design company responsible for HSV, which has reinvented itself with the HSV Colorado SportsCat and Volkswagen Amarok W-Series dual-dabs.
While Mitsubishi Australia obviously knew about and supported the creation of the Triton Xteme, the development was both proposed and led by Walkinshaw.
Given its reason for being, ‘just’ 500 units will be produced, making it something of a limited edition.
It’s $71,990 before on-road costs, which is some $15,000 more than the Triton GSR variant that it’s based on. There’s never been a more expensive Triton sold in company dealers.
That makes it about the same money as a Nissan Navara Pro-4X Warrior, which is a conceptually similar model with similar types of mechanical updates, made by another Melbourne engineering firm (Premcar).
Other price-point competitors include the Ford Ranger Wildtrak, Toyota HiLux Rogue and Mazda BT-50 Thunder.
- Mitsubishi Triton Xtreme: $71,990
- Ford Ranger Wildtrak V6: $71,190
- Toyota HiLux Rogue: $70,200
- Mazda BT-50 Thunder: $73,410
- Nissan Navara Pro-4X Warrior: $70,015
All prices are before on-road costs
The Xtreme runs the same driveline as the stock Triton, which offers below-average power, torque and towing capacities compared to fellow top-sellers.
The 2.4-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder makes 133kW of power (3500rpm) and 430Nm of torque (2500rpm), mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Its Super Select II 4×4 system offer 2H (rear-drive), 4HLc (50:50 4×4) and 4L (low-range) modes, as well as 4H full-time 4×4 mode available for tarmac use.
Towing capacity remains 3100kg.
Walkinshaw claims unchanged fuel consumption of 8.6L/100km (ADR) from a 75L tank.
Interestingly Walkinshaw claims all the same key dimensions and weights as the Triton GSR: 5305mm long, 1795mm tall and 1815mm wide, 220mm of ground clearance, a 2000kg kerb weight with 900kg of payload, a 2900kg GVM, and a 5885kg GCM.
There’s also no change to approach (31 degrees) and departure (23 degrees) angles.
The tub measures 1520mm long by 1470mm wide by 475mm deep, and measures 1085mm between the wheel arches.
The Triton Xtreme retains the donor car’s 10-year or 200,000km warranty which applies so long as you service the car at a Mitsubishi dealer. The standard warranty otherwise is five years or 100,000km.
The Walkinshaw Automotive Group warranty “falls in line with Mitsubishi’s standard Triton warranty”, the company says, referring to the added parts. We’re now clarifying whether that means five years or 10.
There’s capped-price servicing for 10 years or 150,000km, at intervals of either once per year or every 15,000km – whichever comes first.
2023 Mitsubishi Triton service pricing:
- Service 1: $449
- Service 2: $549
- Service 3: $549
- Service 4: $799
- Service 5: $549
- Service 6: $799
- Service 7: $549
- Service 8: $999
- Service 9: $699
- Service 10: $799
The Triton is now so old that its ANCAP safety rating has lapsed, though before this it carried a five-star score based on outdated 2015 testing.
Walkinshaw says it spent time testing all the car’s driver-assist features to make sure they worked fine with the suspension and wheel modifications.
Safety features fitted include:
- Seven airbags
- 2 x ISOFIX and top tethers
- Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System
- Passive cruise control with speed limiter
- Lane-departure warning
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Surround-view camera
The full list of features specific to the Triton Xtreme in return for the $15,000 premium over the GSR comprises:
- New Supashock springs and dampers
- BF Goodrich ATR 265/60 R18 K02 tyres
- 18-inch forged alloy wheels
- Front bash plating and LED light bar
- Sports bar in the tub
- Fender flares and mud flaps
- Decals and interior numbered build plate
This builds on the existing Triton GSR features, which include:
- LED headlights with dusk sensors
- LED daytime running lights and brake lights
- Rain-sensing windscreen wipers
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Keyless entry and start
- Privacy glass
- Side steps
- Power-folding, heated side mirrors
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Leather-appointed seats
- Heated front seats
- Power driver’s seat
- Dual-zone climate control
- 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Bluetooth phone and audio
- AM/FM/DAB and 4 x USB ports
- Six-speaker sound system
- White Diamond
- Sunflare Orange
- Graphite Grey
- Black Mica