Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) was no stranger to the Borneo Safari, having entered a fifth-generation Triton in last year’s event, which was also the 25th Anniversary edition of the Borneo Safari. That first mission was simple – to prove to sceptics that the Triton, as near stock condition as allowed by the event organisers, would be able to hold its own against the hordes of heavily modified monsters that dominate the starting line-up. The three mandated must-haves comprise a winch, a snorkel, and a set of Extreme Terrain (XT) tyres.
Buoyed by the successful outing, MMM returned in a big way for the 2016 edition, fielding four new Tritons as corporate vehicles, including two units of the recently launched New Triton 2.4 with MIVEC Turbo Diesel Engine.
The Mitsubishi Tritons was driven by six members of the media, five Triton owners and was led by Malaysia Motorsport Athlete, Leona Chin. All participants and vehicles from Team Mitsubishi Triton earned the respect of the Safari community by making it 400km through the jungle and to the finish line without any change of vehicle parts required throughout the entire journey.
“As the only female driver of Team Mitsubishi Triton, I was extremely proud to be entrusted by Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia, to champion the new Triton into the most gruelling off-road and 4×4 adventure! The new Triton managed to complete the Borneo Safari in one piece without any mechanical failure or breakdown. This itself is a testament to the strength, durability and endurance of the Mitsubishi Triton,” said Chin.
To put that achievement in its proper context, many other vehicles, including the highly upgraded ones, suffered from a large variety of mechanical issues and breakdowns, some of which necessitated going out to town to but new parts and returning to the jungle to repair the cars.
“We are very proud of Team Mitsubishi Triton conquering the trails of Borneo Safari for the second consecutive year. We were told that this year’s Borneo Safari was the toughest since 2007 and it’s an achievement for the New Triton with MIVEC Turbo Diesel engine for being able to overcome this challenge. We dare to say that the Triton can make it, no matter the terrain.” said CEO of Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia, Tomoyuki Shinnishi.
The terrain and weather conspired to serve up a “perfect storm” of challenges that had everyone raving about 2016 being the toughest, and hence, the best Borneo Safari yet.
Conditions were so arduous that the scout team charged with blazing the trail reported making only 1.7km of progress from the start line in half a day.
“There were frightening reports filtered through the radios – cars were overturning, descending slopes so steep and slippery that had to be lowered gingerly by a winch line from the vehicle behind, breakdowns and repairs,” said Albert John Banico, who drove a Triton Adventure into the Safari.
He added, “Though slipping and sliding, the Tritons took on each challenge and overcame each obstacle, one at a time. Co-drivers had to overcome gooey mud that was usually ankle-deep, and at times sucked in legs up to the knee.”
Every participating Triton was outfitted with the compulsory equipment such as winch, protection bars, recovery points, extreme tires, suspension and snorkel. The tires for the Triton are sponsored by global tire company, Giti tyres.
“As the days passed and time ran short, greater urgency pushed the convoy to keep going, even after sundown. Driving and winching and crossing rickety make-shift log bridges in the dark, with intermittent rain, with no end in sight,” said Arvinda Kumar, who entered as a participating media for Team Mitsubishi Triton.
He added, “There were also vehicles which were stuck on a narrow trail with no space on either side for setting up camp, everyone fell asleep where they sat in the cars as exhaustion overcame the discomfort of sitting upright while still muddy and grimy from the exertions of the previous day. Though the difficulties, this was a great experience and we are proud that the Triton managed to pass through this endurance test.”
After several gruelling 4×4 adventure days, all nine Tritons came out of the jungle in time for the Borneo Safari closing ceremony. Though the Triton managed through with some scratches and battle scars to show, there were no mechanical issues.
More about Borneo Safari 2016
The Borneo Safari International off-road challenge is an exclusive and upbeat eight-day 4WD expedition through Northern Borneo, covering 1000 km of some of the most challenging and varied off-road terrains in the world.
The concept of the Borneo Safari Expedition, unique in motor sport, is that of an adventure track with 4WDs through some of the world’s most incredibly beautiful yet most agonizingly difficult jungle terrains.
The Borneo Safari is designed as a competitive expedition to bring out the spirit of adventure, teamwork, skilful and safe driving and to bring out the very best in man and machine. It is neither a motor rally nor a race! The participants will travel through the mountains and valleys and cross the streams and rivers; they will have their endurance, stamina and skill tested to the limit.
More about the New Triton with MIVEC Turbo Diesel Engine
Powered by a new aluminum alloy block 2.4-litre MIVEC Turbo Diesel Engine with VGT Intercooler, the new Triton is now more powerful and more fuel efficient. The new Triton is also the first with diesel engine in the segment to use MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic control system) variable valve timing technology.
Previously only available on Mitsubishi’s petrol engines, MIVEC allows for finer control of the valves.
Thanks to improvements in common rail diesel technology, diesel fuels can now combust at much lower pressure, leading to reduced noise and emissions. However precise control of the valves is necessary to maintain cold-start performance.
With MIVEC finely controlling the valves, improvements in all areas of performance can now be realised. The lower pressure in the combustion chamber also means that it is possible to use lightweight aluminum alloy material for the engine block.
Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) has also been improved making the new Triton a quieter and comfortable drive.
The use of timing chain also means reduced maintenance cost, and longer service lifespan.
The new Triton now comes in six variants, allowing it to meet the needs of a wide range of customers.
The new Triton VGT Adventure X variant is now flagship of the Triton range. It comes standard with rugged looking accessories like a Shield Extender for the front bumper, new Sports Bar with Fullbox, and Dual-tone 17-inch alloy wheels.
The existing Triton VGT AT & VGT MT has also been upgraded. On top of the new engine, Automatic Bi-Xenon HID Headlamps with integrated LED Daytime Running Lights and rear fog lamps are now available as standard. The VGT MT model has also been upgraded with a new 6-speed manual transmission.
All 4×4 models are equipped with Mitsubishi’s signature Easy Select 4WD system that optimizes torque distribution between the front and rear axles. By simply turning the 4WD Selector, drivers can select between 2WD-Hi and 4WD-Hi while driving at speeds of up to 100km/h, or to 4WD-Lo for the most challenging off-road conditions. The Easy Select 4WD system has been continuously improved for over two decades. It is a robust drivetrain that is able to handle high torque levels.
The new Triton retains its predecessors of best-in-class feature of 5.9 meters turning radius.
As before, all new Triton models are imported as a Completely Built-Up (CBU) vehicle from Mitsubishi Motors’ global production hub in Thailand.
Prices and colour options for all six variants are as listed in the table below:
|No||Variant||OTR Price without insurance GST inclusive (RM) in Sabah||Available Colours|
|1||Triton VGT Adventure X 4×4 AT||126,437.86||Impulse Blue, Titanium Grey|
|2||Triton VGT Adventure 4×4 AT||119,630.78||Earth Green, Red Solid, Pearl White, Shadow Black|
|3||Triton VGT 4×4 AT||110,878.82||Sterling Silver, Pearl White, Shadow Black|
|4||Triton VGT 4×4 MT||104,051.75|
|5||Triton 4×4 MT||90,406.62||Sterling Silver, White Solid|
|6||Triton Quest 4×2 MT||75,164.58|
The new Triton comes with 2 Years of Free Maintenance and a 3 years/ 100,000 km factory warranty, whichever comes first.