If you live in Germany and like driving utes but wish they were a little more accommodating for camping trips, this is for you.
Mitsubishi Germany has created a pair of highly modified Tritons to show off its range of aftermarket components. The first plonks a tent on the roof racks wth an extended awning and adds a full pull-out kitchen. This includes a gas cooker, folding washbasin, 12 litre water supply, 12-volt electrical connection, and a cutlery tray. It’s not exactly a cheap package, retailing for 3600 euros (NZ$6157) but it is very cool.
The whole package, as well as a table and folding chairs, fits into the tray of the ute and can be hidden under a lockable roll cover with a roll bar, though you’d add another 2989.68 euro (NZ$5113.73) for those.
Mitsubishi’s other ute puts an emphasis on space. It’s not nearly as bad as that one old episode of Top Gear where Jeremy Clarkson put a three-storey tower on the back of a Citroen though – this looks much more thought out.
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The GT Pick Up roof tent costs 3410.79 euro (NZ$5834) and expands from a small storage area into a two-levelled tent with a 140 centimetre by 220 centimetre sleeping area on the ute’s roof and a smaller living space on the tray. It can be set up in “just a few steps by one person” using the supplied 12-volt electrical pump.
For those wanting even more off-roadyness, Mitsubishi will convert your Triton into an expedition vehicle, which adds a “suitable” roof tent, its own water supply, a compact outdoor shower and, crucially, an all-terrain chassis. A 230-volt chilly bin ensures cool drinks even in hot areas, and the available solar panels ensure a self-sufficient power supply even in the most remote areas.
Mitsubishi also offers fender flares that add 30mm of width per side (965 euro/NZ$1650.59) and 20-inch light alloy wheels (2725.52 euro/NZ$4661.89).
Unfortunately, it looks like all of these are Germany-specific parts, at least at this stage. Though, with a little persuasion, maybe Mitsubishi NZ could be swayed into looking at importing a few…