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    I'm on Tapatalk....is this really the first Asian vehicle thread...?

    Is there any interest for a review on the new MR GLS Premium Triton ute, written by a Land Rover tragic?

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    Nope I'm on Tapatalk....is this really the first Asian vehicle thread...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ozscott View Post
    Is there any interest for a review on the new MR GLS Premium Triton ute, written by a Land Rover tragic?

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    Yep, would be very interested.


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    Ok gents I should say firstly that, as you know I am an LR fan. Always will be. But, there are other good brands and vehicles and vehicles for different needs.

    I am doing up a comparison table for a start and will post 1 photo to kick things off.

    The comparison table is interesting. The Triton is smack bang between a 110 and 130 for wheelbase, pretty much the same width, but LONG. At 5409mm it's appreciably longer than a 130 (which has always looked huge). Defender can obviously carry more but compared to the 110 there isn't much in it and dynamically the Triton at full load in terms of GVM is very stable and handles exceptionally well (much more like a well.sorted road car than a large 4wd). Unlike other Asian utes it's 3100kg tow capacity is more sensible than the 3500kg for Ranger etc because it allows normal GVM.

    The photo is pre roof bars. Engine still tight but towing 1000kg and with 3 blokes and the back chockers with camping gear and extra N70 batteries, fridges etc. Tows like a dream. Lots of very useable mid range torque. Unloaded the ride isn't quite as good in the rear end as my well sorted D2 but that's to be expected. The extra wheel base masks it largely.

    Mitsu did a fair bit of work on the MR. Bigger front brakes , bigger bore and redamped rear shocks, lighter leaf pack (ie why compared to base models the payload is down). Braking is superb even q it the big drum rear. MR has 6 speed Aisin gearbox. LED high and low beam, tucked right back out of the way and very low profile (difficult to damage). Daytime LED running lights. Auto wipers, lane change warnings, autonomous braking, auto lights, wipers, 360 camera etx all the electrickity you can think off except cruise control is not adaptive.

    The roof load is nice at 75kg. Unlike D2 which is 50kg but only 35kg off-road the Triton makes no specific deduction for off-road use. The Defender is 150kg but whilst nice to have, that's too high to be useable. Having used and lived with 50kg the 75kg is a nice upgrade.

    On the highway with the family and luggage and roof bars, few fishing rods on roof etc economy on the highway is in the 6's and towing 9 to 11 depending on conditions. Seats are very comfortable.

    I will post up more photos and, inside shots, under body shots (including of that sexy 10 o 10.5 inch diff) and more details.

    Overall at 7,500k I can say it's a very good fit and I really enjoy driving it. I have had some modest high speed dirt and some moderate off road. It has an LR style set of off-road programs that work and an electric user operated rear locking differential. It is surprising off road. Seems effortless and I'm used to live axle.front and rear, 4.6 torque, lift and 31 inch Duratracs. This thing has HT.

    The triton is very much like most LR's in terms of using it on all wheel drive on hard surfaces, locking centre etc. I only ever run in all wheel drive but you can select rear only for drift work I'm on Tapatalk....is this really the first Asian vehicle thread...?.

    Anyway just a starting point for the review.

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    In terms of tyres the big Bridgy HT glue down very well. Down the track I will probably go a modest upgrade (legal) to 32.inch per photo attached. Probably a mild AT. The Falken Wildpeaks are a very popular upgrade on these vehicles. Slightly bigger depending on manufacturer may still be legal as a 50mm increase but I wouldn't see a need for that. Note sidewall is very substantial 7 inch when at 32 inch. Even stock size is good. Mitsubishi might run an 18 but they do a very sensible sidewall from stock and having a modest upgrade to 32 inch is magic. Cheers


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    My review was good timing...4x4 Action did a review of all the dual cabs a few hours ago. The Triton GLS (cloth seat model 1 below mine) cleaned up even before value for money was accounted for...lot of good knowledge and experience there and great to see no bias from guys that like Nissan and Toyo.

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    Sorry roof load is 80kg and according to my book payload is 900kg.

    I am getting 6.9l on highway on most recent trip.

    I am about to get a lot of storage room in the back with the addition of a Mean Mother fibreglass canopy with a 100kg roof limit. It weighs 100kg.

    The engine has freed up at 9,000klm and it's extremely punchy but also very tractable.

    The ride has settled in nicely but the 100kgs will give the leaf springs a nice small amount of constant flex so that will work well.

    Very keen for a trip in coming moth or 2. Prob Sundown Nat Park. It will eat that up but I won't do Rats Castle without sliders.

    I'm keen because I can now take the whole family including 3 tents and all the gear whereas I couldn't fit it all in in the D2.

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    Up to 9,000klm. I have to say I really like this vehicle. Did 470klm yesterday. Up Carney's Creek road to QM falls then back roads to Kilarney (shockers after the flooding...glad for decent profile tyres as standard. Found the front bump stops several times). Handled very well (I always have the Super Select II in all wheel drive). 5 people and everyone comfortable. The ride isn't quite as well sorted on the big bumps unladen as when laden but very safe and grips very well. Bang on 9 litres per 100 on filling at same pump and same way. Pretty good.

    Impressive too was the bucket loads of grunt up steep ranges and the 6 speed auto always being in the right gear braking downhill into corners and tackling steep uphill twisty sections.

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