Mitsubishi Triton has always been a robust and reliable 4WD and the latest update has improved the existing 4WD Super Select 4WD-II system even more with enhanced Off Road Mode.
4WD Performance: Further Evolution
Tough and reliable 4WD off-road performance over different surfaces has long been a Triton strength. The new model uses Super Select 4WD-II and Easy Select 4WD (depending on trim level) which both allow the driver to switch between 2WD and 4WD on the fly. Super Select 4WD-II, in particular, delivers traction ideally matched to different road surfaces and combines this with outstanding handling characteristics. And with the addition of the new Off-Road Mode on GLS and GLS Premium models, the Triton boasts impressive all-terrain performance for a 4WD ute.
- Super Select 4WD-II（SS4-Ⅱ）
The New Triton uses Super Select 4WD-II with its electronic actuator that facilitates switching between drive modes and a rear-bias centre differential that splits F/R drive torque 40:60.
The system offers four modes:
- 2H (rear wheel drive) for dry asphalt surfaces reduces friction in the drivetrain to improve fuel consumption;
- 4H for surfaced and unsurfaced roads can handle the widest range of conditions, including rain drenched and snow covered surfaces;
- 4HLc for snow covered roads or sand; locks the centre differential to deliver optimum performance on low-grip surfaces;
- 4LLc for rock or mud engages a low gear and locks the centre differential to feed maximum drive to all four wheels. The use of lower gear ratios in 4LLc mode gives improved all-terrain performance.
Easy Select 4WD（ES-4）
The new Triton retains Mitsubishi’s Easy Select 4WD which allows the driver to switch simply between 2WD and 4WD on the fly. There are three transfer case setting – 2H, 4H and 4L – and the driver can switch between 2H and 4H on the fly at speeds under 100 km/h.
Both 6A/T and 6M/T Super Select 4WD-II models use a new Off-road Mode selector offering the choice of specific GRAVEL, MUD/SNOW, SAND and ROCK (only in 4LLc) drive modes. Using integrated control of engine power, automatic transmission and braking depends on ASTC※1, the system regulates the amount of wheel slip to maximize all-terrain performance and self-extraction capability from poor road conditions. 1：ASTC=Active Stability & Traction Control
This mode combines optimum acceleration and stability over unsurfaced roads where small stones or dirt can cause wheel slip.
- MUD / SNOW
This mode regulates wheel slip to avoid getting stuck and to maintain directional stability when moving off. Once the vehicle is moving steadily, the system allows some slip and reduces the degree of traction control (TCL*1) to reduce any sense of stalling. If the system detects that the vehicle is getting stuck in mud or snow, it controls engine power control to improve its self-extraction capability.
In this mode, when the vehicle moves off the system reduces wheel slip to avoid getting stuck and, by initiating a limited slip differential effect, improves its self-extraction capability. Once the vehicle is moving steadily, the system allows some slip and reduces the degree of TCL*1/ASC*2 system control to reduce any feeling of stalling. On A/T models, the transmission switches to shift timing best-suited to SAND mode and maintains high torque feed by selecting the appropriate gear.
2：Active Stability Control
When the system detects that diagonally opposite wheels do not have sufficient contact with the ground, or to improve traction and stability when going uphill, the system reduces any loss of drive by suppressing wheel slip and acting as a limited slip differential. On A/T models, the transmission switches to shift timing best-suited to ROCK mode and maintains high drive torque feed by selecting the appropriate gear.
- Rear differential lock (GLS Premium only)
Even when one rear wheel loses ground contact on very poor roads, the driver can operate a switch to lock the rear differential for more positive transmission of drive to the road surface. Available on 4WD models, the rear differential lock gives the vehicle outstanding self-extraction capability from mud or snow.