The striking new Triton Athlete Special Edition is based on Mitsubishi’s award-winning Triton double-cab 4×4 automatic derivative.
Fully imported to South Africa, the Athlete boasts increased safety and specification levels, including seven airbags, Isofix child seat anchors and a 3.1 ton towing capacity.
The sporty body styling kit and matching interior seat trimmings are being launched at the same retail price of the standard Triton Double-Cab automatic derivative.
The new Triton Athlete comes in two colours, white and grey, and is distinguished by its orange and black exterior and interior design cues that further enhance the sporty design of the new flagship to the Triton range.
Unique to the Athlete model are the eye-catching orange highlights and black mouldings, which include a new bumper garnish, new black grille with honeycomb mesh, and new front and rear black bumpers and wheel arches.
Black powder-coated diamond-cut 17-inch alloy wheels, a stylish sports bar and integrated tailgate spoiler, dark grey and orange decals with black highlights found on the side steps, door mirrors, door handles, rear bumper and new tailgate complete the stylish exterior design.
The interior boasts two-tone black leather seats with orange inserts, and the orange theme is continued with Athlete embroidery matching the orange stitching adorning the black leather seats, steering wheel, gear lever, door panels and centre console.
Updated equipment includes Bi-xenon headlamps, daytime running lights, a multifunction steering wheel, shift paddles for the 5-speed automatic transmission, an upgraded instrument display, smart-key system with engine starter button, and automatic dual-zone air-conditioning.
Under the bonnet is a refined 2,4-litre MIVEC VGT turbo-diesel engine producing 133kW at 3500 revs/min and 430Nm at 2 500 revs/min, which, together with the slick and accurate 5-speed automatic transmission provides an impressive powertrain for highway driving, off-road adventure, urban agility and towing.
Excellent axle reticulation, renowned Super-Select II four-wheel drive system and class-leading approach angle of 28 degrees, departure angle of 22 degrees and break-over angle of 25 degrees make the Triton Athlete a mean off-road competitor as well.
Safety features include a host of active and passive systems including ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, active Stability and Traction Control, Hill-start Assist and Super Select 4WD-II 4WD system, seven airbags and Isofix child seat anchor system.
The Triton athlete retails for R599 995 and includes a three-year/100 000km warranty and five-year/90 000km service plan.