The humble ute is in a time of transformation. Where pick-ups were once seen as a vehicle exclusively for “work”, the ute is now expected to be comfortable and spacious enough to handle duties when off the clock as well.
We got out on the road in new MY16 Triton GLS double cab 4WD to see if it has stepped up to meet the challenge of work and play.
The interior has moved upmarket, with a 6.1” full colour touch screen anchoring the piano black accented dash in the GLS. Dual zone climate control is a handy touch, and switching between 2WD, high and low 4WD gearing, as well as an automatically centre differential locking mode (4HLc and 4LLc), will both give you even more traction in tricky conditions at the touch of a button.
Around town, the Triton has its act together in terms of comfort and handling. Switching to 2WD to go into the city, the Triton is nimble enough to dash through city streets, all while keeping a low profile to squeeze through inner-city traffic. While you might not make it into the tightest of parking spaces in the heart of the city, the Triton has no problem taking the reins for date nights in the city.
Partially due to the fact that utes are becoming more popular as a family vehicles, the Triton has achieved a 5-Star ANCAP rating – which should come as a delight to owners who are fed up with earlier generation commercial vehicles that don’t treat safety as a priority. The Triton can boast a strengthened body complete with seven airbags and a full suite of electronic braking measures and controls.
The overall experience is sharpened; so that the Triton feels effortless in every situation you can throw it into. Combining an assured on-road handling with a sports automatic transmission that can find the right gear without hesitation, results in a genuinely versatile ute that will compete in the highly competitive ute segment.
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