Triton ClubCab: A pretty kind of bakkie

BRENWIN NAIDU

There were two friends on a farm, with the second friend constantly using the phrase “and a half”, when trying to describe something that was more than ample in size. Eventually, his eyes stumbled upon his friend’s new Club Cab, which he described as: “a bakkie and a half”.

Apt words, especially since that’s just what the Colt Club Cab was – a single cab bakkie with an additional half attached. The Mitsubishi Triton Club Cab carries the torch from the old Colt, once again giving buyers the option of bakkie ownership with a hint of added practicality, as offered by the extra half cab.

Here is one thing I could never fathom: people have often described the Mitsubishi Triton as an ugly vehicle. But I think it brings some style to the aggressive, square-jawed, masculine world of bakkie designs. In comparison to something like the Nissan Navara, which looks like a menacing bison, the Triton is a little less imposing – it would complement your garage, rather than looking like a mere, rugged agricultural tool.

 

If you do have plans to use your Triton Club Cab in more rigorous applications, you will be happy to know that it has a rear load bed with the capacity to accomodate 938 kilo’s. To cope with the weight of what ever you’ll be hauling around, the Club Cab has been fitted with a “rear rigid-elliptic leaf spring suspension” – it’s a mouth-full, but it sounds pretty assuring.

An array of powerplants are available with the Mitsubishi Triton range. There are two diesels: a  2.5-litre turbodiesel with the Super Select four-wheel-drive system and a 3.2-litre turbodiesel model. In addition, there are two petrol-engined derivatives:  a 2.4-litre and  3.5-litre V6, available with both manual and automatic transmissions.

The Club Cab model is available in three versions: the 2.5 Di-DC 4 x 2 manual, 3.5 MPi Petrol 4 x 2 manual and 3.2 Di-DC 4 x 4 manual.

Reliability is an important virtue when you’re looking to buy a vehicle for heavy-duty use. A big selling point of the Triton, is that it fared pretty well in the quality surveys. The Triton came to South Africa in 2007 and In the first year – and a half – the Triton diesel Double Cab took the spot at the top in the Synovate Competitive Customer Satisfaction PP100 Report. According to the press release, it garnered acclaim as the most trouble-free vehicle in its category – which is impressive, considering the many bakkies on the market.

For occupant safety, the Triton Club Cab boasts airbags for both driver and passenger as well as systems from Mitsubishi’s RISE technology – Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution. For a more pleasant drive, the Triton Club Cab is equipped with air-conditioning, a radio with MP3 and CD compatibility and electric windows – all as standard.

The Triton Double Cab and the Triton Club Cab range are manufactured in the East London plant of parent company, Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA). 

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