Johannesburg - Mitsubishi's long-delayed all-new Triton one-ton bakkie will finally land in South Africa in February 2017.
And it's been confirmed that it will have the all-aluminium new generation 2.4-litre DOHC MIVEC common-rail turbodiesel four with variable geometry turbocharger, rated for 133kW at 3500 revs and 430Nm at 2500rom, with more than 350Nm available from just off idle at 1500rpm - which the maker claims as a 25 percent improvement over the 2.5-litre turbodiesel in the outgoing models.
It'll be available in South Africa with either a new six-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed automatic transmission, and with the option of all-wheel drive via the latest version of Mitsubishi's Super Select system, with four drive modes, controlled by an electronic drive-selector in the cabin and including a rear differential lock for serious bundu-bashing.
The most versatile setting splits the torque 40:60 front to rear, rather than the usual 50:50, which reduces understeer and, according to Mitsubishi, makes the drive train more durable, while the suspension has been revised for a more car-like ride.
All new Tritons will arrive in South Africa with active stability and traction control and seat-belt pretensioners as standard issue; full specifications, model line-up and prices will be announced closer to the time.