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

Mazda BT-50 GSX 4×4 Double Cab 2012 Review

December 9th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Mazda’s passenger car grin has been transplanted across to its commercial ute brethren to standardize the corporate family look. I had the great fortune to get out of the latest Ford Ranger XLT and into the Mazda BT-50. The BT-50 is based on the Ranger so it’s no surprise that much of the switchgear is the same, you get the same 6-speed gearbox, and you’ll enjoy almost all the features that the Ford has (including its off-road capabilities).

For a full overview of the Ranger, head off here (opens in a new window), and carry on reading for the BT-50. If you’ve driven a previous BT-50, the new one is a large jump forwards. Unlike the Hilux, which usually only makes incremental improvements, the Ford Ranger platform has provided the new BT-50 with a solid base.

Most utes on the market look like a block with the corners chiseled off, so it’s refreshing to see that manufacturers like Mazda will have a go at producing something different. Fortunately it didn’t end up like the Ssangyong Actyon at the front, but the looks still push boundaries and may polarize people.

The exterior has good fit and finish, and the GSX model does look sharper than the GLX which sits beneath it in the range. Our test car had an aftermarket canopy and towbar fitted. The GSX model gains 17-inch alloys, chrome door handles and wing mirrors, side steps in aluminium finish, and front fog lamps.

Storage is excellent. The tub is deep (513mm), long (1549mm) and wide (1560mm). Continue reading “Mazda BT-50 GSX 4×4 Double Cab 2012 Review” »

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

2012 Isuzu D-Max ute revealed in Thailand

October 10th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Isuzu has revealed its 2012 D-Max ute at an event in Thailand before it goes on sale in selected markets from later this year.

The reveal follows the unveiling last week of the 2012 Holden/Chevrolet Colorado on which it is based.

The new D-Max shares the basics of its ladder-chassis platform and mechanical components with the 2012 Colorado but Isuzu’s ute gets a unique appearance. It will be distinguished by unique upswept headlights and a more conventional three-bar grille design.

In the cabin the D-Max will be almost identical to the Colorado with it’s dashboard, control stack and steering wheel all matching up with Holden’s next ute.

While full details for the new D-Max haven’t been revealed just yet, Isuzu has confirmed that a choice of two 2.5 litre diesel engines will be offered. Expect outputs of 85kW with 350Nm of torque for the lower spec diesel mill and 110kW with 470Nm for the higher spec model. There will also be an upgraded version of Isuzu’s 3.0 litre diesel which delivers 130kW and 380Nm of torque. Continue reading “2012 Isuzu D-Max ute revealed in Thailand” »

Updated 2012 Toyota Hilux goes on sale in NZ

October 3rd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The updated Toyota Hilux has just been launched in New Zealand with a brand-new variant, new features, styling updates and a colourful new ad campaign.

Toyota New Zealand General Manager of Sales and Operations, Steve Prangnell said “This is a significant change for Hilux. The improvements we have made now will further strengthen Hilux’s reign as New Zealand’s most popular light truck.”

Since the seventh-generation Hilux was released in 2005 it has been continually tweaked and updated to improve its practicality as a workhorse/family-friendly vehicle with the latest updates continuing this trend.

Mr Prangnell said “Toyota engineers have travelled around the world to learn about how Hilux is used, in order to develop ways to address the changing demands of our customers. While in New Zealand, they drove our farm tracks, spoke to customers, and then formulated ways to make Hilux even better suited to our unique conditions.”

The new model has been added to the Hilux range is a standard grade 4WD extra cab ute with a 3.0 litre turbo diesel engine and a five-speed manual transmission. Continue reading “Updated 2012 Toyota Hilux goes on sale in NZ” »

SsangYong SUT-1 revealed at Frankfurt show

September 19th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Korean carmaker SsangYong continues to make a play at the ute market with its latest budget-focused offering. First a concept version of SsanYong’s SUT-1 was shown at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, now the production version has debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The SUT-1 quad-cab pickup truck will enter the market as a replacement for the Actyon Sports model. SsangYong refers to the SUT-1 as a Sports Utility Truck, hence the SUT name.

There’s a new engine under the bonnet in the form of a Euro 5-compliant 2.0 litre diesel motor producing 114kW and 360Nm of torque. Max torque available between 1500 and 2800rpm. Available in rear or four-wheel-drive, the SUT-1 is being built with both a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel consumption figures haven’t been released yet.

A body-on-frame truck the SUT-1 uses a double-wishbone suspension up front and a five-link set up at the rear. There’s four-wheel disc brakes and either 16- or 18-inch alloy wheels. Kerb weight will come in at between 1873kg and 1995kg. Continue reading “SsangYong SUT-1 revealed at Frankfurt show” »

Ford drops details and photos of Falcon FG MkII

September 16th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Ford has revealed the first photos and details of its upcoming FG Falcon MkII range this week ahead of it reaching NZ showrooms late this year.

The updated Falcon brings new technologies, an enhanced safety package, new exterior design appointments  and the first global application of EcoBoost engine technology in a rear-wheel drive vehicle. It also heralds in the debut of Ford’s global 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ecoboost petrol engine which will be offered in the FG Falcon from next year.

The MkII Falcon will showcase some of Ford’s latest tech like a new 8.0-inch colour touch screen and integrated audio, phone and navigation functions and a more comprehensive occupant protection package.

“The improvements made to the award-winning Falcon range with the introduction of FG Falcon MkII have made a great car even better,” Ford New Zealand Marketing Manager, Chris Masterson said. “FG Falcon MkII builds on the success of the FG Falcon program, as well as the recently released new Territory range, by offering New Zealanders more equipment and the latest technology innovations, while continuing to deliver outstanding performance, fuel efficiency, refinement and safety.” Continue reading “Ford drops details and photos of Falcon FG MkII” »

Making of the next-gen 2012 Holden Colorado concept video

July 11th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Holden’s new 2012 Colorado was recently shown for the first time in concept form at the Australian Motor Show and has already gained a load of interest. To keep up the hype, Holden has released a video showing what went into preparing the Colorado show ute for its unveiling. There’s plenty of behind the scenes stuff and footage of the show car in action.

While exact specifications for the production Colorado ute haven’t been released expect it too launch with a 2.8-litre diesel engine and be offered in various markets globally in Holden and Chevrolet forms.

Check out the video below to get an idea of what Holden’s latest ute will look like when it reaches NZ showrooms next year. Continue reading “Making of the next-gen 2012 Holden Colorado concept video” »