Published on October 25th, 2016 | by Subhash Nair0
Mitsubishi Triton Returns to the Borneo Safari With Its New MIVEC Turbo Diesel Engine
Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) is set to make a revolutionary comeback into the Borneo Safari for the second consecutive year, but this time with the New Triton with MIVEC Turbo Diesel Engine, the first pick-up to offer an aluminium diesel engine! The Borneo Safari will take place from 30 October – 6 November in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
The Borneo Safari needs no introduction to the world of adventure, having established a reputation over the past 26 years as one of the world’s toughest 4X4 expeditions.
Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia, the official distributor of Mitsubishi vehicles in Malaysia is joining in the fray by sending four of its Triton 4X4 pick-up trucks, with two of it being the New Triton with MIVEC Turbo Diesel Engine. Last year, MMM participated with one unit of all-new Triton and have up the ante this year with an additional three units!
The new Triton will participate as a corporate vehicle, championed by Malaysia Motorsport Athlete, Leona Chin. Chin will be driving the new Triton AT variant into the gruelling off-road event.
The Triton will also be piloted by six members of the media who will be behind the wheels of the pick-up truck, accompanied by experience 4×4 instructors. There will also be an additional five Triton owners joining the convoy, bringing the total of Mitsubishi Triton vehicles participating in the Borneo Safari to nine!
The Borneo Safari is an extremely tough event, taking the participants through various terrain challenges over eight days and seven nights. It is a challenge for the vehicles as well as the human participants.
The participating Triton is being outfitted with the compulsory equipment such as winch, protection bars, recovery points, extreme tires, suspension and snorkel. The tires for the Triton are also sponsored by global tire company, Giti tyres.
Last year, the Triton completed the endurance test in one piece. The Triton was sent into the Borneo Safari almost as standard as how it left the showroom floor. When the “as-stock-as-possible” Triton drove into the parking lot at Kota Kinabalu’s Hakka Hall for the closing dinner, all doubt was removed, as it has done its job.
After the Borneo Safari event last year, the purpose-built Triton has also completed several adventure drives in East Malaysia including the New Year 4×4 Jamboree event in Kuching and Bario, Sarawak as well as Kundasang, and the Tip of Borneo in Sabah with local 4×4 enthusiasts respectively.
The Borneo Safari will flag off at 9.30am from Sabah Tourism Board building at Jalan Gaya, Kota Kinabalu. The convoy will then proceed to Kampung Penampang Baru for the opening Prologue Special Stages.
The new Triton retains its predecessors of best-in-class feature of 5.9 meters turning radius. As before, all new Triton models are imported as a Completely Built-Up (CBU) vehicle from Mitsubishi Motors’ global production hub in Thailand. Prices and colour options for all six variants are as listed in the table below:
|No||Variant||OTR Price without insurance GST inclusive (RM) in Sabah||Available Colours|
|1||Triton VGT Adventure X 4×4 AT||126,437.86||Impulse Blue, Titanium Grey|
|2||Triton VGT Adventure 4×4 AT||119,630.78||Earth Green, Red Solid, Pearl White, Shadow Black|
|3||Triton VGT 4×4 AT||110,878.82||Sterling Silver, Pearl White, Shadow Black|
|4||Triton VGT 4×4 MT||104,051.75|
|5||Triton 4×4 MT||90,406.62|| |
Sterling Silver, White Solid
|6||Triton Quest 4×2 MT||75,164.58|
The new Triton comes with 2 Years of Free Maintenance and a 3 years/ 100,000 km factory warranty, whichever comes first.