Updates and Upgrades | TRANSPORT NEWS

Mitsubishi announces upgrades to Triton for 2020 while LDV introduces a larger tub option for its T60.

Starting with the LDV T60 Mega Tub, buyers gain one of the longest wheelbases and tub dimensions in the ute class, priced from $34,990 drive away for ABN holders, reflecting an increase of $1500 more than the standard T60.

With an extra 315mm in the wheelbase and 275mm in the tray, the T60 Luxe Mega Tub has a total tray length of 1800mm, meaning bikes can stand upright and a typical 6-foot ladder fits neatly in the back. It comes standard with an inner tray liner, while hard lids and roller tops will also be available.

The T60 was awarded a 5-Star ANCAP safety rating in 2017 and the Luxe variant boasts a plethora of standard equipment including blind-spot monitoring, six airbags, an on-demand rear differential lock, a keyless entry and start feature, leather-trim seats and a five year or 130,000 km warranty.

Powered by a 2.8-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine with a variable-geometry turbocharger and intercooler, maximum power of 110 kW is produced at 3400 rpm with peak torque of 360 Nm rated at 1600 – 2800 rpm. This Euro-5 emission-rated engine features a six-speed manual gearbox as a 4WD cab/chassis, with six-speed automatic transmissions available with the higher spec’ versions.

There’s a wide-ranging inclusion of safety features, with six airbags, daytime running lamps, adaptive front lighting, anti-lock braking, electronic brake assist, electronic brake-force distribution, electronic stability programme, hill-descent control, hill-start assist, roll movement intervention, traction control and vehicle dynamics control plus a tyre-pressure monitoring system.

For the 2020 Mitsubishi Triton, buyers can now benefit from a rear differential lock on all GLS and GLX+ 4WD models in addition to the GLS Premium, rear air circulation is now available in the double-cab GLX+ and keyless / one-touch start is now available in all GLS models.

The Triton 4WD models now feature 18-inch wheels to achieve a ground clearance of 220 mm and approach and departure angles are now set at 31 degrees and 23 degrees with a ramp break over angle of 25 degrees.

The inclusion of a differential lock is one of the most useful accessories available for any off-road enthusiast. With the diff’ lock engaged, both rear wheels rotate exactly together, removing the risk of wheel spin and making it easier to creep over rocky terrain and maintain traction in wet and slippery conditions.

Mitsubishi’s Super Select-II driveline is one of the most sophisticated and capable all-wheel drive systems available in the all-wheel drive market. The electric actuator of the Super Select-II facilitates switching between drive modes and creates a rear axle drive bias that splits the front and rear axles to a ratio of  40:60. Using integrated control of engine power, automatic transmission and braking depends on the active stability and traction control, where the system regulates the amount of wheel slip to maximise all-terrain performance and self-extraction capability from poor road conditions.

In normal circumstances the driver selects 2H (rear-wheel drive) for dry asphalt surfaces. Where traction is less assured, the selection of 4H for surfaced and unsurfaced roads enables the driveline to cope with more slippery surfaces including rain drenched and snow-covered surfaces; as well as improving traction and vehicle control on gravel roads.

When road or driving conditions become more demanding and require slower speeds to cater for less traction, the right selection here is for 4HLc (4WD High Range with Locked Centre Differential) which means that both axles rotate at the same speed, minimising a variation in drive torque between the front and rear axles that can cause wheel spin.

In more serious off-road driving where the vehicle speed is reduced to cope with very slippery or more demanding surfaces or extreme angles for hill climbing or descents, it’s time to select 4LLc (Low ratio, Locked Centre Differential) mode for improved engine flexibility and all-terrain performance.

The Easy Select 4WD system of the Triton GLX and GLX+ replicates the standard level of 4WD technology on many other off-road vehicles that offers a choice of 4WD Low, or 4WD High and can only be used on loose surfaces and not on bitumen. Shift on the fly between 2H and 4H can be accomplished at speeds up to 100 km/h.

For full pricing structures across the Mitsubishi Triton and LDV T60 ute range see the relevant spec’ charts in each issue of Delivery Magazine.

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