Mitsubishi ASX Sport 2012 Review

January 3rd, 2012 by Darren Cottingham

Christmas road trips are by far the best time to truly test a car’s capabilities. Not only are there the usual mix of unfamiliar roads to negotiate and passenger comfort to consider through the corners, but you also have to deal with unusually shaped luggage, an endless stream of cretinous motorhomes to overtake and, this year, torrential rain.

The police message that they would target slow drivers didn’t seem to get through to everyone as the drive up to Coromandel fromThameswas annoyingly slow stuck behind an aging ute towing a cruddy boat. However, Christmas should be a time of goodwill to all (wo)men so a lip was bitten and a horn left un-pressed.

We accomplished our journeys in Mitsubishi’s new ASX Sport crossover. It’s like a lifted up Lancer hatch…or a shrunk Outlander. It sits in a segment alongside the Hyundai ix35, Skoda Yeti, and the upcoming Subaru XV (which is based on the Impreza platform). Consequently this means it’s going to suit those who want SUV styling and the raised driving position, but don’t want to go for the full-blown SUV experience and associated body roll. Continue reading “Mitsubishi ASX Sport 2012 Review” »

Mitsubishi Triton GLS Sport Double Cab 2WD Auto Review

December 21st, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

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

Mitsubishi Triton GL 4WD Double Cab 2011 Review

December 1st, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The Mitsubishi Triton gives you a good kick in the kidneys when you press the accelerator. It feels like it has more mid-range grunt than the Toyota Hilux we tested last week, and the Ford Ranger I’m driving now – a surprising amount that comes in a great surge starting at 2200rpm when the turbo kicks in. It’s like driving an early Saab Turbo – push the accelerator…wait a moment…hang on for your life.

This is due to the substantial 407Nm of torque that the 133kW 2.5-litre common rail turbo diesel produces, and it’s responsible for facilitating the Triton’s excellent 3000kg (braked) towing capacity. It will also take 1155kg in the tray while carrying 5 people with a decent amount of legroom. A five-speed manual is used to swap the cogs, and you’d imagine it’d be reasonably tough to handle that kind of weight and torque.

The load capacity is good and the convenient wide step at the back make it easy to drop things in the tray. There are load tie-down options that vary with the tray chosen, but usually 6 tie-down points in the wellside ute. Three black bars protect the rear window from moving loads.

This vehicle is the middle of the range for the Triton. Above it you’ve got the GLX and GLS Sport which give you sports suspension in the rear, an automatic gearbox option (though, it doesn’t feature a differential lock), and extra airbags. Below it you’re looking at single cab and club cab 4WD models, and the 2WD range (which also does have GLX and GLS models).

This vehicle is aimed squarely at those that don’t need to park it in the city and want a utilitarian workhorse with enough grunt to transport anything the workplace requires. It’s capable in the rough, though we couldn’t do a full on test with its city tyres. There are options for 2WD, 4WD and low range 4WD, with a manual diff lock in case you really get stuck. There’s no traction control, so be careful in the wet if it’s unladen as there’s only so much that leaf spring suspension can handle. The Triton also has a good approach angle – 32.7 degrees in the front is excellent (30 for Hilux and 28 for Ranger), but loses out in the ground clearance (205mm is OK, but Hilux has 227mm and Ranger has 232) and the departure angle (20.7 degrees compared to 27 in the Ford Ranger and 23 in the Hilux), which is undoubtedly worse if you have the optional towbar fitted, like we did on our test vehicle.

Wheels are 16-inch steel on this model and the tyres are 245/70. Higher models come with alloys. The Triton has reasonable brakes. It does dip a bit under braking – to be expected with the type of vehicle – but you get ABS and EBD which keep you heading in the right direction when braking hard.

Like most utes, it’s difficult to judge the rear corners when backing. There is an optional reversing camera or reversing sensors – the Ford Ranger has these as standard on most of its models, and in our opinion they should now be standard on every new vehicle sold in New Zealand.

Other technology includes Bluetooth integration for your phone, and a stereo that has USB input for your MP3 player. The speakers aren’t that flash, sounding a bit thin and harsh.

From the back and the front the Triton looks the part. It’s not as muscular as the Holden Colorado or the new Ford Ranger, but it’s brawny enough. The side profile needs some work, though, with its noticeably separate tray making it look like there’s an escape pod ready to jettison from the front.  The flared arches add more meat to the equation, and the whole ute looks smart with colour-coded front and rear bumpers.

Ultimately most people just buy the ute they like the most and all this talk of specs is really only a minor consideration. However, the Triton’s main strength is its power and towing capacity. For getting stuff from one place to another you’d be hard pressed to find something that would be much better in this style of vehicle or price range.

Our test car was fitted with the optional tow bar.

Why you’ll buy it:

  • Excellent towing capacity
  • More than enough power
  • Will carry you and four burly accomplices easily

Pros:

  • Towing ability
  • Power
  • Decent price for the specs

Cons:

  • Feels cheap in places
  • Needs more airbags – only has driver and passenger and that’s not really good enough in 2011.

Price: from $48490

GENERAL GL GLX GLS SPORT
MODEL CODES RF7GL42 / RF7GL47 RF7GLX47 / RF8GLX47 RF7GLS47 / RF8GLS47
CAB STYLE Double cab
TRANSMISSION Manual / Auto Manual / Auto 5-speed
TRAY STYLE Chassis / Wellside Wellside
MODEL CODE RF7GL42 / RF7GL47 RF7GLX47 / RF8GLX47 RF7GLS47 / RF8GLS47
ENGINE GL GLX GLS SPORT
ENGINE 2.5L high power Common Rail Intercooled Turbo Diesel
DISPLACEMENT (CC) 2,477
MAX POWER KW@RPM 133 @ 4,000
MAX TORQUE NM@RPM 407 / 356 @ 2,000
FUEL CONSUMPTION – L/100KM 8.1 8.1 / 9.3 8.3 / 9.6
CO2 – G/KM 211 211 / 242 216 / 250
TANK CAPACITY (LITRES) 75
EXHAUST EMISSION REGULATION EU-STEP4
HIGH EFFICIENCY AIR FILTER WITH PRE FILTER All models
TRANSMISSION GL GLX GLS SPORT
TYPE 5-speed manual 5-speed manual / 4-speed automatic 5-speed manual / 5-speed automatic with Sports Mode
GEAR RATIO (1ST) 4.313 4.313 / 2.842 4.313 / 3.789
GEAR RATIO (2ND) 2.330 2.330 / 1.495 2.330 / 2.057
GEAR RATIO (3RD) 1.436 1.436 / 1.000 1.436 / 1.421
GEAR RATIO (4TH) 1.000 1.000 / 0.731 1.000 / 1.000
GEAR RATIO (5TH) 0.788 0.788 / - 0.788 / 0.731
REV 4.220 4.220 / 2.720 4.220 / 3.865
REAR AXLE RATIO 3.917 3.917 / 4.100 3.917
TRANSFER RATIO HIGH 1000
TRANSFER RATIO LOW 1900
4WD SYSTEM Easy Select Super Select
DIFFERENTIAL Manual Diff Lock -
SAFETY GL GLX GLS SPORT
AIRBAGS Driver & passenger (Passenger on/off switch) Driver, passenger, side & curtain (on/off passenger switch)
BRAKING SYSTEM ABS & EBD ABS, EBD, ASC & ATC
SMARTBRAKE All models
IMMOBILIZER All models
CHILD SEAT ANCHOR 2
CHILD PROOF LOCK ON REAR DOORS O
FRONT SEAT BELTS WITH PRETENSIONER 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) GL GLX GLS SPORT
FRONT Wish bone with coil spring & stabiliser bar
REAR LEAF SPRING Heavy duty Sports
STEERING GL GLX 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 GL GLX GLS SPORT
FRONT / REAR BRAKE 16″ disc / 11.6″ drum
PARK BRAKE TYPE Floor
WHEELS GL GLX GLS SPORT
WHEEL TYPE 16″ x 7.0″ silver steel 16″ x 7.0″ alloy 17″ x 7.5″ alloy
SPARE WHEEL – FULL SIZE Silver steel Alloy
FRONT & REAR TYRES 245/70R16 HT 245/65R17 HT
HYDRAULIC JACK & TOOL SET All models
EXTERIOR GL GLX GLS SPORT
FRONT BUMPER – COLOUR KEY Body colour Body colour with lower Silver panel
HALOGEN HEADLAMP All models
RADIATOR GRILLE Black 2-bar Chrome 2-bar Chrome sports
WHEEL ARCH FLARES Body colour
MUD GUARDS Front / Front & rear 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 GL GLX GLS SPORT
DASH & DOOR TRIM – SWITCH PANEL Black Silver
DOOR HANDLES Black Chrome
SEAT TRIM GL / GLX Type GLS type
FRONT SEATS Bucket Sports bucket Sports bucket high grade trim
SEAT ADJUSTMENT 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 GL GLX 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 & rear x 2 Front & rear x 2
INTERIOR LAMP 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 GL GLX 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
STORAGE BOX UNDER REAR SEAT - 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 GL GLX GLS SPORT
SPEAKERS 4 6
SOUND SYSTEM AM/FM radio, CD, MP3, audio input, USB port
BLUETOOTH HANDS FREE TELEPHONE SYSTEM Integrated with stereo system Voice activated with steering wheel controls
PILLAR ANTENNA All models
DIMENSIONS / WEIGHTS GL GLX GLS SPORT
OVERALL LENGTH WITH WELLSIDE (MM) 5285 5385
OVERALL WIDTH (MM) 1800
OVERALL HEIGHT (MM) 1780
WHEEL BASE (MM) 3000
TRACK FRONT & REAR (MM) 1520 / 1515
GROUND CLEARANCE (MM) 205
TURNING RADIUS (M) 11.8
KERB WEIGHT (KG) 1765 / 1900 1885 / 1895 1905 / 1920
GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT (KG) 2920 2930
MAXIMUM GROSS COMBINATION MASS (KG) 5700 5700
PAYLOAD (KG) 1155 / 1020 1025 / 1035 1025 / 1010
MAXIMUM FRONT AXLE LOAD (KG) 1260
MAXIMUM REAR AXLE LOAD (KG) 1800
SEATING CAPACITY – PERSONS 5
APPROACH ANGLE – DEGREE 32 33
RAMP BREAKOVER ANGLE – DEGREE 26
DEPARTURE ANGLE – DEGREE 21 22
TOWING BRAKED (KG) 3000
TOWING UNBRAKED (KG) 750
WELLSIDE FEATURES & DIMENSIONS GL GLX GLS SPORT
CAB PROTECTOR Body colour -
WELLSIDE INNER HOOKS 6 x hooks all models
WELLSIDE INTERIOR LENGTH (MM) 1505
WELLSIDE INTERIOR WIDTH (MM) 1470
BETWEEN WHEEL ARCHES (MM) 1085
WELLSIDE INTERIOR HEIGHT (MM) 460
WELLSIDE FLOOR HEIGHT FROM GROUND (MM) 850


Words and photos: Darren Cottingham

Mitsubishi taking new Mirage and electric concept to Tokyo

November 14th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The Tokyo Motor Show is rapidly approaching and the latest automaker to show its hand is Mitsubishi. The Tri-Diamond automaker will display two brand new machines one a production model and the other a concept.

The production model will be the next-generation of the familiar Mirage hatchback. The new Mirage is a basic five-door hatch that will come sporting an economy-focused 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine with stop/start technology and a CVT Transmission. Expect it to be a frugal little number when it launches in the Thai market first, in March 2012.

Mitsubishi’s more daring concept vehicle will be theplug-in hybrid Concept PX-MiEV II which represents Mitsubishi’s vision for a mid-size SUV of the future. This concept is also chasing down extreme fuel economy with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that’s mated to a pair of 60-kilowatt electric motors. The advanced drivetrain will push all four wheels through Mitsubishi’s S-AWC (Super-All Wheel Control) traction control system. Apparently its performance is comparable with that of a 3.0-litre V6. Continue reading “Mitsubishi taking new Mirage and electric concept to Tokyo” »

Peugeot reveals Mitsubishi-based 4008 crossover

October 3rd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Peugeot has pulled the covers off its first foray into the compact crossover segment with its new 4008 model. The small SUV is scheduled for a global reveal next March at the Geneva Motor Show before going on sale in select markets from May 2012.

The 4008 will find a place in the Peugeot range below the larger 3008 and 4007 models and is based on the Mitsubishi ASX. It is the latest in a string of collaborations after the PSA Peugeot-Citroën group formed an agreement with Mitsubishi in early 2010.

Initially, the new crossover will be made available with four engines but we may not see all of them here in NZ. There’s an even split of two petrol and two diesel units. The petrol engines include a 1.6-litre unit producing 87kW and 152 Nm of torque, and a larger 2.0-litre with 112kW and 198Nm of torque. Both engines are mated to a five-speed manual gearbox as standard, with a CVT auto optional with the 2.0-litre motor. Continue reading “Peugeot reveals Mitsubishi-based 4008 crossover” »

Mitsubishi to bring back the Diamante

September 26th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Kiwi Mitsubishi owners and enthusiasts will probably remember the Diamante model that was produced until 2004. This luxury sedan still features on NZ roads and was keenly imported until seven years ago. Now, Nissan is set to bring back the Diamante although it may only be for the Japanese domestic market, at least for now.

Mitsubishi won’t be doing the development on the large sedan, instead it will rebadge a version of the Nissan Fuga (pictured). The Fuga isn’t a model well-known in NZ but it’s offered overseas with a choice of V6, V8, hybrid and diesel powertrains. Which engines will be used in the new Diamante is unknown at this stage. Continue reading “Mitsubishi to bring back the Diamante” »

Mitsubishi NZ and SolarCity team up on i-MiEV solar charge system

August 30th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Mitsubishi New Zealand and SolarCity New Zealand have announced that they have formed a national partnership to offer each new i-MiEV owner a high-efficiency rooftop solar system that will provide the car with enough solar power to offset the energy used for charging.

Daniel Cook, Mitsubishi NZ’s Head of Sales and Marketing says this partnership, is designed to give customers the right resources and technology to make powering the i-MiEV as efficient as possible.

“i-MiEV electric car owners are ahead of the curve, and want a greener and cleaner way to drive,” Cook says. “The energy the solar PV panels generate in a day exceeds what is needed to offset the energy used in the average daily commute, significantly reducing the total cost of ownership.”

The specially designed i-MiEV PV solar panel charging system is viewable from today at the Auckland Home Show, and gives everyone in the city the first chance to see how solar power and electric cars can work together. Continue reading “Mitsubishi NZ and SolarCity team up on i-MiEV solar charge system” »

Mitsubishi i-MiEV becomes NZ’s first electric car

July 25th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Today marks a landmark day for Mitsubishi Motors NZ as it becomes the first automotive distributor to sell mass-produced electric cars in New Zealand.

“This is a proud day for our company,” said head of sales and marketing strategy Daniel Cook. “It is not often you have the opportunity to make a significant impact on history, but Mitsubishi Motors is now in the book for delivering the first mass-produced fully electric car to New Zealanders.

On sale from selected Mitsubishi dealers, the four-seat Mitsubishi i-MiEV has a range of up to 150 km per charge and is designed for urban commuters. A full recharge, from a standard 15 amp wall socket, takes approximately seven hours and costs around $5.

“While the i-MiEV primarily suits the urban commuter, it also represents a turning point in automotive history,” said Mr Cook. “It sets the foundation from which to launch the next-generation of electric-based hybrid vehicles, instead of the petrol and diesel-based hybrids we see today. The next decade in the automotive industry will be remarkable and Mitsubishi is the electric technology leader.”    Continue reading “Mitsubishi i-MiEV becomes NZ’s first electric car” »