The new Mitsubishi Triton has finally arrived in South Africa and if first impressions are anything to go by, this looks like a decent double-cab bakkie offering. However, the Mitsubishi Triton enters a hotly-contested segment. Let's meet the Triton's rivals...
Even though the South African new car market is under considerable strain, local bakkie sales are strong. In our recent report detailing the Top 40 best-selling vehicles in South Africa in 2016, bakkies clearly dominate the list and it's no surprise to see the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger leading the sales charts on a monthly basis. After a long wait, Mitsubishi has finally introduced the new Triton double-cab to market and we recently drove it on launch and found it to be capable, spacious and well-priced against its key rivals. Despite this, the new Triton is up against some stiff competition and we can't wait to test it alongside its main rivals. Here are 5 rivals that the Triton will be facing off against in this popular segment...
Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD6 Double Cab 4x4 Raider Auto
The latest generation of Toyota Hilux has been a runaway success, despite its polarising looks. However, looks aren't that important in this segment and capability is what it's all about. There are multiple engines to choose from in the Hilux range with the diesels being particularly refined. The Triton, on the other hand, has just as one powerplant to call upon. The Toyota Hilux is built in South Africa at the TSA plant in Prospecton, Durban.
Ford Ranger 3.2 Double Cab 4x4 XLT Auto
Much like the Toyota Hilux, the Ford Ranger is also assembled in SA, this time in Silverton, Pretoria. The new Ranger has been on sale for some time, with the recent addition of the 2.2-litre automatic adding to the volume of sales. It's an immensely popular vehicle and boasts some impressive in-car technology. It's arguably the prettiest bakkie on sale in South Africa and the Ranger/Hilux duo represent the toughest competition for the Mitsubishi Triton. Both the Hilux and Ranger are priced above the equivalent Triton but pack more safety features in terms of airbag quantity and rear parking assist. The top-spec Ranger Wildtrak won the Leisure Double-Cab Bakkie category in the second iteration of the Cars.co.za Consumer Awards - powered by WesBank.
Volkswagen Amarok 2.0 BiTDi Double Cab Highline 4Motion Auto
While we wait anxiously for the arrival of the new V6-powered Amarok which will put all the two-litre milk bottle jokes to bed, we have to make do with this biturbo four-cylinder Amarok. It's a surprisingly capable and pleasant bakkie, which has that lovely Volkswagen feel in the cabin. It's not bad looking either, and despite being overshadowed by the Toyota and the Ford, it has built up a sizable fanbase. It's expensive, but the features look on par.
Isuzu KB 300D Double Cab 4x4 LX Auto
The Isuzu KB recently underwent a facelift and we had a chance to drive this new model in Namibia. It features some new design elements both inside and out and tweaked suspension. While there's no doubting the capability and offroad prowess of the Isuzu KB, it feels like an old-school bakkie. Most bakkies have thrown in some decent on-road comfort driving traits, whereas the Isuzu can be a little unrefined. In workhorse application, you can't fault the Isuzu, but we'd look elsewhere if its family comfort you're after.
Fiat Fullback 2.5Di-D Double Cab 4x4 LX
Perhaps the closest rival comes from the Triton's half brother. It may be badged as an Italian, but it's a Mitsubishi underneath. Fiat South Africa got the jump on Mitsubishi South Africa when the Fullback launched first at the expense of having the older 2.5-litre diesel engine. The Fiat Fullback was being evaluated by the team at the time of writing, but spec-for-spec, the Fullback looks tough to beat in terms of value. The Fullback's biggest detractors are the lack of an automatic gearbox and lower safety standards. However, it's nearly R100 000 cheaper than the other bakkies.
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