The awards’ expert judges awarded Mirage the best overall score from each criterion and commended Mirage for its class-leading fuel consumption, road manners, low running and repair costs and new car warranty. More than 180 cars were evaluated in this year’s awards with the Mirage ES hatch finishing comfortably ahead of its competition in the ‘Mirco Car’ category. Australia’s Best Cars judge Andrew Clark from the RAA said the Mirage ES hatch was once again a clear leader in its class.
“The Mirage claims it’s hero title again this year, absolutely trumping the field with value for money, fuel consumption, warranty, running costs scores and a five-star ANCAP safety rating.” Mitsubishi Motors Australia Executive Director of Marketing Tony Principe said the backto-back win highlights the Mirage’s well-appointed package and industry-best value. “Mirage has been a great success story for Mitsubishi – offering an unbeatable mix of style, practicality, value and five star ANCAP safety.
“We are very proud that Mirage has been recognised as the best overall package for value-conscious buyers.” Starting from $11,990 RRP, the 2015 model year Mirage hatch range is now on sale. Australia’s Best Cars is an independent and comprehensive new vehicle testing and awards program, incorporating the expertise of the Australian Motoring Clubs
Mitsubishi Triton GLX Club Cab Chassis 4WD has been reviewed by Carsales. Below is what they had to say…
The light commercial utility market is in for a big year. The fifth-generation Mitsubishi Triton will join the brand new Nissan Navara, updated Ford Ranger and Mazda BT-50, all-new Toyota HiLux and refreshed Holden Colorado before the year’s out, all of which will face solid competition from Volkswagen’s Amarok and the trade-tough Isuzu D-MAX. But it’s the Triton that’s the focus of this test and, as we found this week, even the base model GLX cab-chassis has a heck of a lot to offer. The Mitsubishi Triton range kicks off from $24,490 (plus on-road costs).
Australians love their utes. We have an annual festival to bask in its resplendent pragmatism and buy shed loads of them each year, often whether we have cause to or not. But for the humble cab-chassis – without its exhaust stacks, R M Williams mudflaps and VB dash runners – the focus is more straightforward. It’s the workhorse of the range, built to do a job, and often treated as little more than an unloved tool of the trade.
It’s quite surprising, then, how well-endowed the base-model ute has become. For a bit of kit designed primarily to cart its master and his tools from one job to the next, utes like the Mitsubishi Triton GLX have become very nearly as composed as their SUV lookalikes, while at the same time retaining every last ounce of the carrying capacity and towing ability at the heart of their existence.
For the new MQ-series Triton, those numbers see a payload of 1125kg and a braked tow figure of 3100kg. Mitsubishi is aware that the latter falls short of the 3500kg offered by some rivals, but says its higher GCM (5785kg) means the Triton will tow the full figure quoted with up to 680kg of load in the tray – something many rivals are unable to (legally) do. [Ed: figures quoted are specific to the Club Cab GLX tested and are not typical to the range. Please visit the manufacturer’s website for more information].
And from the point of view of the occupants, it’s impressive to note that the ride remains composed and quiet in spite of the beefed-up double wishbone (front) / leaf (rear) suspension the Triton obviously requires. Considering the vehicle is designed to travel off-road, carry a load, tow and also run around empty, the suspension compromise is remarkably good. You of course notice the firmer rear-end, but it’s not what you’d call uncomfortable and manages to smooth-out surface imperfections nicely, even when the tray is unladen.
It’s an experience complemented by the Triton’s sensible ergonomics and a cabin in which it’s easy to spend a few hours. The outward vision is pretty good for a vehicle of its height, the grab handles welcome and the slightly larger cabin’s seating comfortable with excellent support (and yes, I’m talking about the front pews and not the temporary jobbies in the back). The dash layout too is straightforward with simple instrumentation and a no-nonsense HVAC and infotainment array, though we might add that the look has changed little from the Triton’s predecessor, and in view of its contemporaries is a little conservative.
Not unusually, the tray-bodied model on test did have issues with the rearward vision from its wing mirrors, though not for the reason you’d expect. Mitsubishi has built a clever spacer to give the wing mirrors the clearance required to see around the tray (which sits proud of the body). However, the draft created between the cabin and the tray seems to create an unusual eddy current which sucks road mist from the front wheel back on to the mirror glass, rendering the mirrors effectively useless in wet weather. It’s an unusual oversight, and one that’s made all the more annoying by the omission of heated mirrors on the base grade.
Mitsubishi’s new 2.4-litre turbo-diesel is an effective unit with next to no turbo lag and a broader torque band than its numbers would suggest. It’s claimed that the full whack of 430Nm is on offer at 2500rpm, though we found most of that twist was accessible from idle, giving the Triton a smooth run from a standstill. On the open road there’s enough pep for overtaking, most of it available without the need to shift gear. The direct-injected engine develops peak power of 133kW at 3500rpm, meaning most overtaking manoeuvres and hill climbs are readily managed in top (sixth) gear.
The gearshift itself is clean and the throw suitable for the Triton’s workhorse application. It’s actually a tidier shift than the Ranger and BT-50, and I’d say better than the Colorado’s too [Ed: wait for our upcoming comparison for more on this]. Add this to a progressive pedal stroke from the clutch and well-metered brakes and it’s obvious Mitsubishi has done a great deal to make the new Triton appealing to trade and recreational buyers alike.
On the downside, however, we found the Triton’s fuel consumption to be well below the claimed mark. Mitsubishi’s ADR Combined figure quotes 7.2L/100km, though on test – and in spite of the majority of our driving spent on the highway without a load up back – we managed 10.2. Perhaps the gearing isn’t quite set for cruising at 110km/h or the aerodynamics of the open tray is creating drag. Either way, the figure was substantially higher than our around town figure of 8.1L/100km. Quite peculiar, we must say.
When it comes to parking the Triton was fairly easy to manoeuvre and see around, though reversing sensors would have been nice in tight parallel parks. The carry-over 3000mm wheelbase and 11.8m turning circle (and 3.8 turns lock to lock) make it easy to get in and out of even the tightest city parking buildings, and on fire trails made squeezing around fallen trees a breeze. The steering itself is well assisted with adequate feel both on and off-road. It really is an impressive set-up.
On the whole we found the Triton to be vastly improved – to be expected, given it’s been 10 years since we last had a new one. It’s a roomier, more composed and more competent light commercial and one that has narrowed the gap on its competitors considerably. Whether that’s enough to see it topple its rivals, or steal the stage at Deniliquin, remains to be seen. Though our tip is it’ll come really close – on both counts!
2015 Mitsubishi Triton GLX Club Cab Chassis 4WD pricing and specifications:
Price: $35,290 (plus on-road costs)
Engine: 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel
Output: 133kW / 430Nm
Transmission: Six-speed manual
Fuel: 7.2L/100km (ADR Combined)
CO2: 191g/km (ADR Combined)
Safety Rating: Five-star ANCAP
|What we liked:||Not so much:|
|>> Composed, quiet ride||>> Fuel consumption|
|>> Gutsy turbo-diesel||>> Wing mirror vision|
|>> Sorted ergonomics||>> Conservative interior|
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Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited’s (MMAL) Mirage is back, better than ever with an all-new design. Boasting outstanding fuel efficiency, a spacious interior for five people and easy-todrive manoeuvrability, the new Mirage offers nimble performance wrapped up in a stylish and affordable package.
Due to be released in Australia in January 2013, MMAL’s all-new Mirage delivers exceptional environmental and drive performance combined with a fun, sporty design.
MMAL’s CEO Mutsuhiro Oshikiri said MMAL is looking forward to introducing the Mirage to the Australian market. “The Mirage is great value for money, offering lively performance and a brand new stylish design which we are confident will appeal to customers,” Oshikiri said.
“The Mirage is impressive because it balances high performance and functionality with fuel efficiency
in a compact, yet spacious, package that is fun to drive.” The all-new Mirage platform utilises structural optimisation to create a body which is rigid yet still one
of the lightest in class. Combined with a highly aerodynamic body style, the Mirage achieves best in class fuel economy of 4.6L/100kms (ES model) with the LS model returning 4.8L/100kms with manual transmission and 4.9L/100kms in the CVT. The Mirage achieves best in class CO2 emissions of 109g/km in the ES with the LS 5MT not far behind with 113g/km and 115g/km in the LS CVT.
The Mirage’s spacious interior provides seating for up to five people in comfort. Through using highefficiency packaging, which keeps the engine compartment as small as possible, occupant space is maximised.
The flat dashboard with accent line which traces across the entire length of the dash provides a sense of width to the cockpit. The clean styling of the dash top promotes feelings of space while the glossy piano black centre panel adds a stylish touch. The quality feel of the Mirage’s interior is boosted in the LS model through the addition of silver accents on the shifter panel, gear knob and air-conditioning vents along with the inclusion of chrome door handles.
Two interior fabric trims are available in the Mirage. The ES model features a plain knit black seat fabric embossed with a polka-dot pattern to express a sense of movement. The LS model uses a soft, waffle-weave seat fabric in black and purple to impart a sense of fun with a touch of sophistication.
Black and ivory two-tone dash and door trims in both models, bring lightness and a sense of space to the Mirage interior. The contoured front seats provide a comfortable ride while the rear bench seat with flat cushion ensures all rear occupants, including the middle passenger, enjoy a comfortable drive. The flat rear seating also helps maximise the space to fit more than one child seat with ease.
The Mirage offers plenty of small item storage areas, including a front passenger glove box, dashboard tray above the glove box, centre console tray, front door pockets with bottle holder, front and rear seat drink holders and front passenger seat back pocket. Luggage space can be increased by folding down the 60/40 split rear seat.
Mirage ES comes standard with CD player, two speakers, USB and AUX input and Bluetooth 2.0 with audio streaming. The three-spoke leather steering wheel features phone and audio controls, making it easy to listen to music and safer to take phone calls on the road. In the Mirage LS, convenience is improved with the addition of dusk-sensing headlamps, rain-sensing
wipers and Keyless Operating System with one-touch start to make the daily drive a little easier. Driver and passenger comfort is boosted with climate-control air-conditioning while the audio system receives two additional speakers.
Measuring in at 3,710mm long, 1,665m wide and 1,500mm high, Mirage provides generous space for five adults and everyday luggage in a small package. A turning radius of just 4.4 metres gives the Mirage ES the best turning circle in its class, with the LS model close behind at 4.6 metres. With its easy-to-drive nature and outstanding manoeuvrability, the Mirage inspires driver confidence. The Mirage’s clean design imparts an inviting and approachable overall appearance with the edgy headlamps and sculpted engine hood creating a friendly frontal face. Extensive fluid analysis and wind tunnel testing resulted in the Mirage being designed with optimal styling to reduce air resistance. The result is a drag co-efficient of just 0.30 which puts Mirage among the best in class and contributes to lower fuel consumption. Airflow around the front end has been optimised by minimising the grille
opening and crafting the front bumper undersurface to act as an air dam at its corners.
The Mirage provides excellent forward and side visibility due to the low-set belt line and location of Apillars closer to front occupants. The gently curving roof line provides ample headroom for rear seat passengers while air resistance is reduced through the use of a roof spoiler on the LS model. Airflow separation from front to rear has been improved through using a gently tapered cabin roof line which shapes into a trailing edge and the use of prominent edges at the corners of the broad and substantial rear bumper. Adding front fog lamps, roof spoiler, door sash blackout and 15-inch alloy wheels gives the Mirage LS a sporty edge, boosting its street presence.
The Mirage Sport is based on the Mirage ES with additional features to enhance the Mirage’s cleanlines. The Mirage Sport receives 14-inch alloy wheels, roof spoiler, four speakers and door sash blackout. Available in a selection of six richly-hued colours, the Mirage’s sporty lines dazzle in Mulberry, Cyber Blue (LS only), Red Planet and Midnight Black (LS only) while Cool Silver and White add a touch of understated style. Engine Powered by a 1.2-litre all-new Smart MIVEC engine, the Mirage ES has best in class fuel efficiency returning 4.6L/100km. Not far behind the is the LS 5MT with 4.8L/100km and 4.9L/100km in the LS CVT. This results in low CO2 emissions of 109g/km in the ES and 113g/km in the LS manual and 115g/km in the LS CVT. It is expected the Mirage will achieve a five-star rating in the Federal Department of Infrastructure and Transport’s 2012 Green Vehicle Guide thanks to its low CO 2 emissions and fuel efficiency. The 1.2-litre, three cylinder engine utilises Mitsubishi Motors’ MIVEC variable valve timing system that optimally matches intake valve timing to engine speed and load. The air intake and exhaust systems, fuel system, cooling system and other ancillary systems have had extensive weight reduction while friction losses and loads in all moving parts have been reduced. The engine produces maximum output of 57kW at 6000rpm and generates maximum torque of 100Nm at 4000rpm. Combined with a comparatively low weight, Mirage achieves effortless acceleration from a complete stop and when overtaking providing nimble and confident performance.
The Mirage’s Smart MIVEC engine is mated to a five-speed manual or Continuously Variable Transmission, with both options providing peppy performance and easy-to-drive manoeuvrability.
Safety Mirage is equipped with a range of safety systems as standard including six SRS airbags; driver and front passenger, side and curtain. ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution makes driving on slippery surfaces safer by activating brakes to individual wheels when required to deliver superior control and evenly distributing brake pressure across the front and rear wheels accordingly. Active Stability Control works to maintain stability and prevent loss of control while cornering to keep the Mirage online through corners. For child seat installation there are three tether anchors and two Iso-Fix rear seat child restraints fitted. The Mirage uses Mitsubishi’s RISE safety body design to provide an impact-absorbing front end with high-rigidity cabin structure. The extensive use of high-tensile steel panelling reduces the body weight of the Mirage helping contribute to better fuel economy and performance.
The structural design provides impact energy-absorbing spaces under the engine hood and the fenders as well as energyabsorbing cowl top and wipers to mitigate head injury in the event of a pedestrian collision. The front bumper and headlamps also use an energy-absorbing design to minimise pedestrian leg injuries.
On sale January 2013, all-new Mitsubishi Mirage will be available at Toowong Mitsubishi in Brisbane from January 2013.
Mitsubishi Motors’ Pajero ACTiV is back, packed with additional features and premium styling boosting the legendary four-wheel drive’s appeal.
Pajero ACTiV is an impressive addition to the Mitsubishi Motors’ line-up, priced at $58,990 drive away for the 3.2-litre Common Rail turbo-charged diesel engine with automatic transmission.
Based on the popular 2012 Pajero diesel GLX, the Pajero ACTiV’s bold lines are accentuated through the inclusion of privacy glass, rear spoiler, body-coloured door handles and mirrors and front fog lamps along with side steps and alloy nudge bar.
Inside, the Pajero ACTiV boasts Mitsubishi’s Multi Communication System (MMCS) with voice command and reversing camera monitor to enhance driver visibility. The 860 watt Rockford Fosgate audio system provides exceptional sound quality in the comfortably appointed cabin.
MMAL vice-president of customer and brand management, Paul Unerkov, said thePajero ACTiV represents exceptional value for customers who need solid on and off-road power combined with stylish touches and functional features.
“The ACTiV edition combines the Pajero’s legendary power and performance with generous extras, resulting ina fantastic package in a premium vehicle,” Unerkovsaid.
With safety features such as RISE body protection, ABS braking system withEBD, electronic stability control and driver and passenger SRS airbags along with Mitsubishi Motors’ Super Select II driving system, the Pajero ACTiV offers capable on and off-road driving.
Available in Cool Silver, Pitch Black, Warm White, Ironbark and Graphite, the limited edition Pajero ACTiV is now available.
The Pajero ACTiV is covered by Mitsubishi’s 10 year / 160,000 km non-transferrable drive-train warranty, five year / 130,000 km new vehicle warranty, five year/130,000km Roadside Assist and Capped Price Servicing for the first four years or 60,000 km of ownership*.
* Excludes government, rental, and some fleet buyers
In January 2012 we purchased a Mitsubishi ASX from Toowong Mitsubishi. We didn’t buy the 4X4, as while we will go scrub bashing we don’t usually need the extra capabilities of the 4X4 and we didn’t see the point of having the bigger vehicle in town.
In May 2012 we drove to Melbourne by way of Toowoomba, Dalby, St George, Cunnamulla, Bourke, Goolgowi and Castlemaine. Coming home we went through Chadstone, Foster, Sale, Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance, Eden, Sydney (at peak hour), Port Stephens (mmm the seafood), Taree, Ballina and the Gold Coast. In all we drove 4,774.6 kms in 3 weeks, 8 days of which the car was parked in a car park in the middle of Melbourne.
Somewhere outside of Cunnamulla
Because we didn’t have the restrictions of flying we didn’t pack lightly, besides ourselves, we had 2 suitcases, 4 good size plastic boxes, a full size esky, a foldup table and 2 foldup chairs, camera, binoculars, maps, snacks and with heading south – coats.
In town we found the ASX to be responsive, nimble, oh so easy to park in tight spaces (urbanised the SUV), easy to see out of in traffic and easy on fuel.
On the open road the ASX quite happily sat at 110kms/hour, fuel consumption dropped to 7.0lt/100kms and braking at that speed was not an issue.
The semi’s out west are road trains, 2 or 3 full size trailers, and the ASX had no difficulty in accelerating from 110kms/hour to overtake. One of the beauties of the ASX was looking down on the wheels of the road trains instead of up at the undercarriage.
We have called her Tardis, appears small on the outside, has ample room inside and takes us wherever we wish to go.
Mt Oxley, Bourke – taken after driving over washed out dirt roads and washed out wheel tracks through someone’s paddock
Are we happy with the ASX?
You bet we are and we are planning our next trip.
Adelaide via Cairns sounds good.
Ken and Leone Oakhill
With about 210,000 units sold around the world since its launch in 2010 – including about 11,000 units locally – ASX* has proved to be a global success for Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC), as well as a successful embodiment of the innovative and versatile MMC-engineered Project Global architecture**.
Building on this solid foundation, Mitsubishi Motors today staged the world debut of a new look version of its compact crossover at the 2012 New York International Auto Show.
To be launched in Australia later this year, this latest ASX sports a reshaped front face whose softer outline reflects the gradual transformation of Mitsubishi’s design language and visual identity towards a “Solid – Safe – Simple” engineering-driven look. Likewise, the rear bumper has been updated to complement the redesigned front face.
Detailed Australian specifications will be announced at a later stage, closer to market introduction.
*”RVR” in Japan / “Outlander Sport” in North America
**Outlander II, Lancer & Lancer Evolution, Delica D:5, ASX
Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited (MMAL) ended the first quarter of 2012 on a high note registering an all-time March record for imported vehicles with 6,007 units.
The stand out performer in March was Triton 4×4, retailing 1,186 units and strengthening its place as Australia’s third best-selling utility in a highly competitive segment. Triton 4×2 came in at 535 units, also taking third spot in its respective segment.
Overall MMAL’s SUVs performed extremely well, with total SUV sales of 2,470.Pajero was the strongest performer in March with 638 units, a massive 58.3 percent increase over the March 2011 result. This growth was almost three times greater than the SUV Medium segment which increased by 20.6 per cent for the month.
Challenger also ended the month strongly with 202 units, a healthy 14.8 percent jump over the same month in 2011.
The city-sized ASX enjoyed its best ever result since launch with 748 units while Outlander recorded a respectable 882 units, more than 24 per cent up on March 2011.
Vice-president of sales, Anthony Casey, said the strong March result, particularly in SUVs, was a reflection of MMAL’s commitment to responding to consumer needs.
“Mitsubishi is committed to sustainable, consistent growth, and with an exciting range of products coming to the Australian market during 2012-13 we are confident of growing the Mitsubishi brand well into the future,” he said.
Year-to-date, MMAL has recorded 15,739 units, a 2.8 per cent increase on 2011’s first quarter results.