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Mitsubishi Triton and Pajero score top marks in Overlander awards

September 13, 2010
Mitsubishi Triton and Pajero score top marks in Overlander awards

Industry website AutoNews reports today that Mitsubishi has topped the class in two separate categories in Overlander Magazines annual four-wheel drive awards. The Triton achieving the back-to-back award for Best Diesel Ute, and the Pajero wagon was named Best Medium Diesel Wagon and Best Value for Money.

Overlander Magazines Best of the Best awards rate all four-wheel drives currently on the market, not just those that are new or significantly revised during the year.

Mitsubishis Pajero Di-D has not only held the category of Best Value for Money for five consecutive years, but has stolen the crown from Toyotas Prado for Best Medium Diesel Wagon.

The Pajero offers stronger performance, sharper on-road handling and more kit for less money, said Fraser Stronach, road test editor for Overlander Magazine.

Mitsubishis Triton Di-D Double Cab has achieved a back-to-back achievement of Best Diesel Ute and can attribute its win to its new high powered 2.5-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel.

This new engine is more refined and generates more power than the previous one (131kW) and more torque (400Nm) when hooked up to the five-speed manual; and 350Nm when mated to either the four- or five-speed automatics that are optional.

The other major change from ML to NM, and one thats even more significant, is the adoption of electronic stability and traction control.

In difficult off-road situations where traction is at a premium, especially when theres a tendency for the vehicle in question to lift its wheels, a ute with traction control will often get through where one without wont, said Stronach.

The stronger, safer and more manoeuvrable Triton range is available with a choice of three engines, in both a single or double cab, and the Pajero with more power, efficiency and style. Both are available from over 200 Mitsubishi dealerships nationwide.