The sporty new Triton Athlete which is based on the international Triton Adventure X-development, boldly stands out in any famous crowd. This new Special Edition lifestyle double cab bakkie is assembled in Mitsubishi’s Thailand factory and shares the underpinnings of the top-of-the-range Triton double-cab 4×4 automatic derivative.

The new Triton Athlete with its bold orange and black highlights and exterior design cues with matching interior trimmings, caters for individuals and families who live life to the extreme, participating in adventure and sporty lifestyle activities such as surfing, mountain biking, paragliding, show jumping and even motocross or off-road motorcycling.

However, the new lifestyle-orientated Triton Athlete does not only look sportier and more athletic than its double-cab siblings, but also offers an upgraded towing capacity of 3.1 tons to tow any lifestyle equipment, as well as increased safety features such as 7 airbags and Isofix child seat anchors for increased passenger and child safety.



The new Triton Athlete is as nimble as an obstacle course athlete thanks to its manageable size which makes it easy to drive around town, great to manoeuvre in tight spots on and off the road and can be easily parked in most garages and parking bays. The Triton’s innovative design results in a class-leading turning radius of only 5.9 metres and makes it a pleasure to drive in congested urban areas and harsh off-road conditions.

The new Triton Athlete was designed to match the ride quality of an SUV without compromising the workhorse qualities that have made lifestyle double cab bakkies so popular in South Africa. Numerous noise insulators as well as noise absorbing and damping materials are applied in many parts of the Triton to further reduce NVH levels, resulting in a smooth and quiet car-like driving experience. The dynamic and sporty suspension enables car-like ride comfort and superb driving stability which also reduces body roll, provides quicker handling response and ensures a safer, quieter and more comfortable ride.

The latest version of Mitsubishi’s unique Super Select II four-wheel drive system is fitted to the new Triton Athlete which makes it the ideal extreme sport partner. The highly capable Super Select II 4WD system, which also improves cornering performance and manoeuvrability, provides the Triton Athlete with four drive modes to give the driver more control in challenging weather conditions or on difficult surfaces:

  • 2H (2WD High range) gives quieter running and better fuel consumption during normal on-road driving;
  • 4H (4WD High range), selectable at speeds up to 100 km/h, distributes torque in a 40:60 ratio between front and rear axles via a centre differential (CD) – the latter permits safer on-road driving in slippery conditions;
  • 4HLc (4WD High range with CD locked) improves traction on sand, dirt and snow roads by distributing torque equally between the front and rear;
  • 4LLc (4WD Low range with CD locked) provides greater torque for extreme off-road conditions.

Excellent axle reticulation, combined with Mitsubishi’s legendary Super-Select II four-wheel drive system, class-leading approach angle of 28°, departure angle of 22° and break-over angle of 25°, make the Triton Athlete a mean off-road competitor, which can be your ideal partner in all your extreme adventure lifestyle activities.


The new Triton Athlete is powered by a super-responsive 2.4L DOHC MIVEC 16 valve common rail intercooled VGT turbo diesel engine which is rated amongst the most efficient diesel engines in the world. This newly developed diesel engine features exceptional fuel consumption due to a class-leading low compression ratio of 15.5:1. An aluminium cylinder block and lightweight materials reduce the engine’s weight by 30kg, resulting in improved responsiveness, handling and braking reaction. This new high-performance engine from the Mitsubishi stable produces 133kW and a whopping 430Nm of torque.

The new Triton Athlete is fitted with a 5-speed automatic gearbox resulting in responsive acceleration performance at low revolutions. This new automatic gearbox does not only provide accurate and smooth gear changes, it also results in enhanced fuel economy.

The automatic transmission is electronically controlled and results in a smooth and nimble driving experience similar to that of passenger cars. A Sports Mode facility offers clutch-less manual gear-shifting and shift-paddles behind the steering wheel for instant response.


The new Triton Athlete provides high safety levels which are achieved through the liberal use of high-tensile steel and the introduction of various active safety technologies in the construction of the RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) body structure. The Triton’s body structure also features Side Impact Protection Bars and a collapsible steering column designed to pull away from the driver in the event of an impact.

With active safety technology such as ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) and EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution), Brake Assist (BA), Active Stability and Traction Control (ASTC) and Hill-start Assist (HSA) the new Triton will keep you travelling safely, no matter the journey.


The exceptionally quiet, insulated cabin of the new Triton Athlete boasts two-tone black leather seats with orange inserts. The orange theme is continued with “Athlete” embroidery which matches the orange stitching found on the seats, steering wheel, gear lever, door panels and the centre console, making this trendy double cab bakkie stand out in any distinguished crowd.

The new Triton Athlete provides the ultimate in cabin comfort with ample space, a smooth, quiet ride and premium finishes. The J-line design of the Triton Double Cab results in class-leading interior length and overall comfort with a reclined seatback angle providing plenty of leg, shoulder and head room in the front and back to easily accommodate five adults.

The wider interior angle of the side windows also allows additional shoulder space inside the cabin, providing a relaxing ride for both driver and passengers. The Triton offers cruise control, a keyless operating system, dual-zone auto air-conditioning, a reverse camera, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment and leather upholstery, to name but a few.


The prominent new Triton Athlete with its bold orange and black highlights and exterior design cues with matching interior trimmings, caters for individuals and families who live life to the extreme, participating in adventure and sporty lifestyle activities such as surfing, mountain biking, paragliding, show jumping and even motocross or off-road motorcycling.

Unique to the Triton Athlete are its bold and eye-catching two-tone orange and black design cues as well as black mouldings which include a new front bumper garnish, new black grille with honeycomb mesh and new front and rear black bumpers and wheel arches giving it a trendy, sleek and sporty appearance.

New black powder-coated diamond-cut 17” alloy wheels, a stylish sports bar with an integrated tailgate spoiler, dark-grey and orange decals with black highlights found on the side steps, door mirrors, door handles, rear bumper and new tailgate complete the stylish exterior design to complete the sporty exterior design of the Triton Athlete.

The new Triton Athlete comes in two colours – white and grey – and is distinguished by its orange and black exterior and interior design cues. Orange stickers and black mouldings on the front grille, bumper and wheel arches, as well as 4×4 Super Select II stickers highlighting the Athlete’s unique four-wheel drive system.


 2.4 Di-DC 4X4 5-speed A/T
Engine TypeDOHC MIVEC Common Rail
Fuel TypeDiesel
Max. Output133kW@3500rpm
Max. Torque430Nm@2500rpm
Fuel Tank Capacity75L
Towing Mass (Braked)3100kg
Towing Mass (Unbraked)750kg
Approach Angle26°
Departure Angle22°
Ramp Breakover Angle25°
Ground Clearance (Unladen)205mm
Super Select II 4WD SystemYes
Turning Radius5.9m
Rear Diff LockYes
Wheel base3000mm
Track (Front)1520mm
Track (Rear)1515mm
Suspension (Front)Independent Double Wishbone and Coil Spring Suspension
Suspension (Rear)Rigid-elliptic Leaf Spring Suspension