October 26, 2016 @ 03:55 PM

​MIVEC Turbo Diesel Triton's tackle the Borneo Safari

Mitsubishi have dispatched two of their latest 2.4L MIVEC Turbo Diesel powered Triton's to take on the fearsome Borneo Safari 2016.


Based on last year's success with just one Triton pick-up truck at the Borneo Safari, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia is sending four Tritons into the jungle this year. Of the four pick-ups, two will be the New Triton that feature the MIVEC Turbo Diesel Engine. The Borneo Safari will see a total of nine triple diamond emblem pick-up trucks this year with an additional five Triton owners joining the official Mitsubishi convoy. 

Spearheading the team in the new Triton will be Malaysia's famous female racing driver, Leona Chin. The driving experience will be shared by six members of the media, with the aid of experienced 4x4 instructors of course.  

After conquering time attacks, gymkhana and drifting events, this will be the first time Leona Chin will take part in an off-road event but she's confident the Triton will be able to conquer the Borneo Safari having proved itself through many tough situations.

With a gruelling eight days and seven nights of off-road driving to handle, the Tritons will need a bit of an upgrade. A winch, protection bars, recovery points, extreme tyres sponsored by GITI tyres, suspension and a snorkel were all added to each pick-up.

With that being said, the Triton of 2015 was sent into the Borneo Safari almost exactly the same as how it left the showroom and emerged at the finishing point in one piece. A true statement of its quality and potential. The Triton also showed off its off-road abilities in the New Year 4x4 Jamboree in Kuching, Bario, Kundasang and the Tip of Borneo in Sabah with respective local 4x4 enthusiasts.

The engine in the all new Triton has been receiving a lot of attention as it is the first aluminium diesel engine to find its way into a pick-up truck. Thanks to the drop in kerb weight, output has gone up to 178bhp and 430Nm which results in an overall improvement in performance. 

You probably noticed the famous MIVEC name is now featured on a pick-up truck. Yes, the Triton will be the first in its segment to use the MIVEC system previously only seen in petrol engines. 

The MIVEC system is on hand to control the valves, allowing better cold-start performance, and reducing pressure in the combustion chamber hence making it possible to have an aluminium engine block rather than a traditional heavier metal. Living with the new Triton should be easier since the Noise, Vibration and Harshness has been improved together with the use of a modern timing chain that reduces maintenance cost while increasing longevity. 

If you're interested in buying one, then you should know they have a total of six variants. Leading the pack out of Mitsubishi Motor's Thailand factory, is the Triton VGT Adventure X with all the bells and whistles package and just two unique colours. 

Apart from the engine, noticeable upgrades to the Triton VGT AT and MT variants will be Automatic Bi-Xenon HID Headlamps with built in LED Daytime Running lights and also a six-speed manual shifter for the MT as opposed to the previous generation's five-speeder.  

Don't worry, all Triton 4x4 models come standard with the Easy Select 4WD that optimises front and rear axle torque distribution at the turn of a knob on the centre console. 

Mitsubishi keeps up their after sales deal of two years of free maintenance and three years or 100,000 km factory warranty, whichever should come first. For more information on prices and availability, please visit www.mitsubishi-motors.com.my. 

Y.Dharmeswaran

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