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Should the 2022 Mitsubishi Triton be frightened of the LDV T60 Chinese ute? Australian sales and pricing of the two compared

The Mitsubishi Triton could lose its place as the popular affordable alternative to the LDV T60.

The Mitsubishi Triton has been an Aussie favourite for decades as an affordable alternative to old rivals such as the Ford Ranger and Toyota HiLux but that could change with LDV T60 set to overtake it in sales.

The latest sales results of the Triton from August reveal Mitsubishi sold 624 examples of its 4x4 ute during that month. For the same period consumers snapped up 623 LDV T60 4x4 utes.

It’s easy to see why the T60 is growing in popularity – the T60 4x4 range starts from $30,516 drive-away for the dual-cab Pro ute with a six-speed manual gearbox. That undercuts the most affordable 4x4 Triton – the $34,990 before-on-road costs GLX single cab chassis with a manual by some margin.

Standard features on the GLX include a 6.1-inch media display, four speaker stereo, air conditioning, but you have to step up to the $42,690 GLX+ to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a 7.0-inch screen. 

In comparison, the value of the T60 Pro looks better coming standard with a 10.0-inch media display, six speaker stereo, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and air conditioning.

For a tradie on a budget the decision looks to be a no-brainer.

Mitsubishi was quick to defend the Triton’s sales suggesting supply issues were preventing higher sales.

“As far as we’re concerned, these numbers are purely a function of the vessels that are hitting shore at the moment,” a Mitsubishi spokesperson told CarsGuide

“We have a strong order sheet, and we’re working hard to get Tritons in to the hands of customers as soon as they are made available.”

Triton does trump the T60 when it comes to grunt, however. The Triton is powered by 2.4-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder making 133kW/430Nm, while the T60 turbo-diesel four is a 2.8-litre and makes 110kW/360Nm.

The Triton also has a smidge more hauling ability up its sleeve too with a braked towing capacity is 3100kg, while the T60’s is 3000kg.

At the top of the Triton 4x4 range is the GSR which lists for $53,240. The most expensive T60 on the other hand is the Trailrider for $42,095.