Mitsubishi Triton GLS Sport Double Cab 2WD Auto Review

Not everyone needs the 4WD capacity of a ute, so enter the 2WD models which are cheaper but still retain some of the rugged abilities of their big brothers (along with similar load hauling capacities.)

Capable of carrying 1000kg in the tray, the 2WD GLS is only 25kg shy of the 4WD GLS – not much penalty there – and you can still tow 3000kg as long as the trailer is braked.

The GLS has a five-speed automatic gearbox, unlike the 4WD manual GL Triton we tested recently. This is much smoother and more tractable; much better on the road and more convenient, too. Despite the 2.5-litre turbodiesel engine still producing 133kW you don’t get the initial push of acceleration like you do in the manual (perhaps due to the 51Nm less torque), but getting away from the lights quickly isn’t the first thing on a ute driver’s mind, particularly as it will upset whatever load is in the back.

On the inside, the GLS comes with some premium features over the GL and GLX models, including passenger vanity mirror, map lamp, centre multi-display meter, sunglasses pocket, two extra speakers (bringing the total to six), climate control, cruise control and Bluetooth phone integration with steering wheel controls.  The seats are slightly more contoured and there’s also an electric rear window which is useful for slightly longer loads (as long as they’re not a danger to the cabin occupants), and to get more airflow through. The rear window and rear passenger windows are tinted.

Passengers and the driver are well catered to in an accident with six airbags ready to deploy. That’s if the electronics don’t save you first, though. The Triton comes with electronic brakeforce distribution, active stability control, anti-lock brakes and a 4-star ANCAP crash test rating. EBD reduces stopping distances, while ASC modulates each wheel’s brake individually if it detects understeer or oversteer, making the Triton extremely difficult to spin.

On the outside, the GLS’s differences include more chrome trim – wing mirrors, radiator grille, rear step bumper – front fog lamps, and colour-keyed bumpers. The GLS sits on smart-but-functional 16-inch wheels wrapped in 245/70 profile tyres. These are grippy enough in the dry, and when it’s wet the traction control takes care of the inevitable lively rear end when unloaded. The overall length is 100mm longer than the lesser models and, at 5385mm, this is going to challenge some garages. It certainly makes it tricky in tighter car parks, so you may want to plump for the optional parking sensors. Reversing sensors should be standard these days; rear visibility is not particularly good, and the mirrors, while fairly large, just don’t compensate for that.

The GLS rides better than the GL Double Cab we tested. It’s smoother on the road with its uprated sports suspension, less noisy, and overall just easier to drive. There’s usually a fuel consumption penalty in these types of vehicles when you choose the automatic over the manual, and the Triton isn’t an exception. Go for the manual 4WD GLS Sport and you get 8.3l/100km; go for the automatic 2WD GLS Sport and it’s 9.4l/100km. The automatic 4WD is 9.6l/100km.

It has the useful Bluetooth hands-free phone integration and cruise control, and along with its inherent practicality the 2WD Triton is bound to remain popular with urban tradespeople who don’t need heavy duty suspension or 4WD and want an easy-to-drive automatic whilst travelling in heavy traffic.

Pros

  • Capable ute with excellent towing capacity

Cons

  • Equivalent 2WD Ranger XLT is $2000 cheaper

Price: from $50,890+ORC for the top-of-the-line 2WD GLS. Base model starts at $34,790

Our test vehicle had the optional tow bar fitted.

GENERAL GLX SINGLE CAB GL GLX DOUBLE CAB GLS SPORT
MODEL CODE RF3GLX22 RF3GL47 RF3GLX47 RF6GLS47
CAB STYLE Single cab Double cab
TRANSMISSION Manual Manual / Automatic Automatic 5-speed
TRAY STYLE Chassis Wellside
MODEL CODE RF3GLX22 RF3GL47 RF3GLX47 / RF4GLX47 RF6GLS47
ENGINE GLX SINGLE CAB GL GLX DOUBLE CAB GLS SPORT
ENGINE 2.5L Common Rail Intercooled Turbo Diesel 2.5L High Power
DISPLACEMENT (CC) 2,477
MAX POWER KW@RPM 102 @ 4,000 133 @ 4,000
MAX TORQUE NM@RPM 319 @ 2,000 356 @ 2,000
FUEL CONSUMPTION – L/100KM 8.2 8.2 / 8.6 9.4
CO2 – G/KM 214 214 / 224 245
TANK CAPACITY (LITRES) 75
EXHAUST EMISSION REGULATION EU-STEP4
HIGH EFFICIENCY AIR FILTER WITH PRE FILTER All models
TRANSMISSION GLX SINGLE CAB GL GLX DOUBLE CAB GLS SPORT
TYPE 5-speed manual 5-speed manual / 4-speed auto 5-speed auto with Sports Mode
GEAR RATIO (1ST) 4.313 4.313 / 2.842 3.789
GEAR RATIO (2ND) 2.330 2.330 / 1.495 2.057
GEAR RATIO (3RD) 1.436 1.436 / 1.000 1.421
GEAR RATIO (4TH) 1.000 1.000 / 0.731 1.000
GEAR RATIO (5TH) 0.788 0.788 / - 0.731
REV 4.220 4.220 / 2.720 3.865
REAR AXLE RATIO 3.917
DIFFERENTIAL - LSD Hybrid Type -
SAFETY GLX SINGLE CAB GL GLX DOUBLE CAB GLS SPORT
AIRBAGS Driver & passenger (Passenger on/off switch) Driver, passenger, side & curtain (Passenger on/off switch)
BRAKING SYSTEM ABS, EBD, ASC & ATC ABS & EBD ABS, EBD, ASC & ATC
SMARTBRAKE All models
IMMOBILIZER All models
CHILD SEAT ANCHOR 1 2
CHILD PROOF LOCK ON REAR DOORS All models
FRONT SEAT BELTS WITH PRETENSIONER 3 point ELR & centre lap belt 3 point ELR with adjustable pillar height
REAR SEAT BELTS - 3 point ELR & 3 point centre belt
SEAT BELT WARNING LAMP All models
SUSPENSION (HIGH RIDER) GLX SINGLE CAB GL GLX DOUBLE CAB GLS SPORT
FRONT Wish bone with coil spring & stabiliser bar
REAR LEAF SPRING Heavy duty Sports
STEERING GLX SINGLE CAB GL GLX DOUBLE CAB GLS SPORT
POWER STEERING All models
3 SPOKE STEERING WHEEL
TILT ADJUSTABLE
Urethane with Cruise control Leather with audio, cruise control & hands-free Bluetooth
BRAKES GLX SINGLE CAB GL GLX DOUBLE CAB GLS SPORT
FRONT / REAR BRAKE 16″ disc / 11.6″ drum
PARK BRAKE TYPE Dash Floor
WHEELS GLX SINGLE CAB GL GLX DOUBLE CAB GLS SPORT
WHEEL TYPE 16″ x 6.0 alloy 16″ x 6.0″ silver steel 16″ x 7.0″ alloy
SPARE WHEEL – FULL SIZE Silver steel
FRONT & REAR TYRES 205R16 HT 245/70R16 HT
HYDRAULIC JACK & TOOL SET All models
EXTERIOR GLX SINGLE CAB GL GLX DOUBLE CAB GLS SPORT
FRONT BUMPER – COLOUR KEY Across the range Body colour with lower silver panel
HALOGEN HEADLAMP All models
FRONT FOG LAMP - GLS only
RADIATOR GRILLE Black 2-bar Chrome 2-bar Chrome sports
WHEEL ARCH FLARES - Body colour
MUD GUARDS Front only Front & Rear
SIDE STEPS - Flat Sports
DOOR MIRROR ELECTRIC CONTROL Black Chrome
SIDE PROTECTION MOLDING (BODY COLOUR) - O
DOOR HANDLES Black Chrome
REAR STEP BUMPER - Alloy Chrome sports
REAR CENTRE STOP LIGHT - Tailgate
FRONT SKID PLATE & ENGINE UNDER TRAY All models
FRONT TOWING HOOK X2 All models
INTERIOR GLX SINGLE CAB GL GLX DOUBLE CAB GLS SPORT
DASH & DOOR TRIM – SWITCH PANEL Black Silver
DOOR HANDLES Black Chrome
SEAT TRIM GL / GLX Type GLS Type
FRONT SEATS Bucket & 2-person bench seat Bucket Sports bucket Sports bucket high-grade trim
SEAT ADJUSTMENT Manual slide & recline Manual slide, recline with driver height adjuster
REAR SEATS - Bench type with centre arm rest
SEAT HEAD REST All positions
FLOOR COVERING Vinyl Vinyl / Carpet Carpet
GEAR SHIFT LEVER Urethane Leather
COMFORT & CONVENIENCE GLX SINGLE CAB GL GLX DOUBLE CAB GLS SPORT
ENTRY SYSTEM Keyless entry remote x 2
ELECTRIC DOOR WINDOWS All models
ELECTRIC REAR WINDOW - GLS only
HEATED REAR WINDOW WITH TIMER All models
TINTED REAR & REAR DOOR WINDOWS - GLS only
CENTRAL LOCKING All models
ASH TRY AND LIGHTER All models
FOOT REST All models
AIRCONDITIONING Manual Full auto
PASSENGER SUNVISOR VANITY MIRROR - GLS only
GRAB HANDLES Front x 1 Front x 1 & Rear x 2
INTERIOR LAMP Front Front & Rear Front & Rear with Map Lamp
COURTESY LAMP ON ALL DOORS All models
WINDSCREEN WIPER, TWO SPEED WITH VARIABLE INTERMITTENT All models
HEADLIGHT ON ALARM All models
ACCESSORY SOCKET IN CONSOLE BOX - All models
SPEEDO & TACHOMETER WITH DIMMER Black trim Silver trim
CENTRE MULTI DISPLAY METER - O
STORAGE GLX SINGLE CAB GL GLX DOUBLE CAB GLS SPORT
GLOVE BOX WITH KEY AND LAMP All models
FRONT DOOR POCKET WITH BOTTLE HOLDER All models
REAR DOOR BOTTLE HOLDER - O
PASSENGER BACK SEAT POCKET - O
FLOOR CONSOLE - Large type with lid Large type with lid & silver trim
CONSOLE CUP HOLDERS - 2
REAR SEAT CENTRE ARM REST CUP HOLDERS - 2
SUNGLASS POCKET - O
AUDIO & MEDIA GLX SINGLE CAB GL GLX DOUBLE CAB GLS SPORT
SPEAKERS 2 4 6
SOUND SYSTEM AM/FM radio single CD AM/FM radio with CD, MP3, audio input,& USB port High Spec AM/FM radio, CD, MP3, Bluetooth, audio input & USB
BLUETOOTH HANDS-FREE TELEPHONE SYSTEM - Integrated with stereo system Voice activated with steering wheel controls
PILLAR ANTENNA All models
DIMENSIONS / WEIGHTS GLX SINGLE CAB GL GLX DOUBLE CAB GLS SPORT
OVERALL LENGTH WITH WELLSIDE (MM) Dependent on tray fitted 5285 5385
OVERALL WIDTH (MM) 1750 1800
OVERALL HEIGHT (MM) 1775 1780
WHEEL BASE (MM) 3000
TRACK FRONT & REAR (MM) 1505 x 1500 1520 / 1515
GROUND CLEARANCE (MM) 200 205
TURNING RADIUS (M) 11.8
KERB WEIGHT (KG) 1460 1755 1750 / 1760 1785
GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT (KG) 2750 2760 2760 2780
MAXIMUM GROSS COMBINATION MASS (KG) 5175 5185 5185 / 5700 5700
PAYLOAD (KG) 1280 1005 1010 / 1000 995
MAXIMUM FRONT AXLE LOAD (KG) 1260
MAXIMUM REAR AXLE LOAD (KG) 1800
SEATING CAPACITY – PERSONS 3 5
APPROACH ANGLE – DEGREE 33
RAMP BREAKOVER ANGLE – DEGREE 26
DEPARTURE ANGLE – DEGREE Dependent on tray fitted 21.0 22.0
TOWING BRAKED (KG) 2500 3000
TOWING UNBRAKED (KG) 750
WELLSIDE FEATURES & DIMENSIONS GLX SINGLE CAB GL GLX DOUBLE CAB GLS SPORT
CAB PROTECTOR Dependent on tray fitted Body colour -
WELLSIDE INNER HOOKS Dependent on tray fitted 6 x hooks all models
WELLSIDE INTERIOR LENGTH (MM) Dependent on tray fitted 1505
WELLSIDE INTERIOR WIDTH (MM) Dependent on tray fitted 1470
BETWEEN WHEEL ARCHES (MM) Dependent on tray fitted 1085
WELLSIDE INTERIOR HEIGHT (MM) Dependent on tray fitted 460
WELLSIDE FLOOR HEIGHT FROM GROUND (MM) Dependent on tray fitted 850

Words and photos: Darren Cottingham

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