With a brand new Triton on its way early next year, Mitsubishi has squeezed one last variant from the current line-up; the limited edition GLS Sport. It’s loaded with a bevy of extras, and delivers a decent value proposition.
The latter is especially so when you consider that by simply maintaining your vehicle with their dealership network, you score a 10-year/200,000km warranty and 10-years/150,000km capped price servicing.
Based on the GLS, the Sport features a number of changes, including grey and red decals along the bonnet and tailgate, and red accents on the steps and front diffuser. Inside, there’s leather seats with heating and electronic adjustment.
A 360-degree camera and 7.0-inch infotainment screen with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto also feature. Additional options on our test vehicle included a one-piece hard tonneau cover, towbar and tow ball.
Available in White Diamond and Pitch Black, the GLS Sport starts at $56,440 plus on-roads, or $62,700 plus on-roads in the form we had it. Overall, the Triton’s design is definitely aesthetically pleasing, and it’s certainly one of the better looking utes on the road.
But, and there’s always a but, the cabin feels dated. Don’t get us wrong, it has all the basic necessities for a comfortable ride, but it has been left behind the rest of the field (although clearly the 2024 model will resolve all that).
The cabin is spacious, the seats are comfortable and there are hard plastics everywhere – a good option to make it easier to clean. Rear passengers have ample space and a roof-mounted air vent for comfort. There are USB ports in the back as well.
Under the bonnet is the tried and trusted 2.4-litre four-cylinder diesel engine. It delivers 133kW of power and 430Nm of torque, and is paired with a 6-speed auto. It does a good job, despite being a little tractor-like.
Driving the Triton though showcases why it should definitely still be on your list of ute options. It feels light, even with a near 2000kg kerb mass. It’s easy to manoeuvre around town and nice to drive, especially for someone who isn’t a regular user of these vehicles.
The current spec Triton has a 3,100kg braked towing capacity, and a payload of 909kg in its GLS Sport Limited Edition form. The latter is where it shines, with a massive tray space, that’s some 1.5m long.
We tested it out and squeezed every last bit of space with boxes, and it did an excellent job. The hard-top cover limits height in this instance but that was a non-issue for us. It also comes with plenty of safety tech.
Among them are seven airbags, pedestrian alerts, blind spot monitoring and lane departure warnings. Combined with the maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating, the Triton is also suitable for family outings, with two ISOFIX anchor points in the rear.
All-in-all it’s a comfortable and well performing ute that represents the true workhorse of the market space. It’s not going to blow you away, even in Limited Edition spec, but it does provide excellent value while we wait for the new model.
Currently in run-out, you can find out more about the 2023 Mitsubishi Triton GLS Sport Limited Edition on the Japanese car maker’s website, or by visiting your local dealership. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.
Our test vehicle was provided by Mitsubishi Motors Australia, for review purposes.