Love the idea of a Ford Ranger Raptor, but don't want to shell out crazy money for the privilege? Mitsubishi may have the answer. These trademark images are the closest sign yet the Japanese manufacturer is readying its Triton Absolute off-roader for production.
Released as a concept at this year's 2019 Bangkok motor show, the Triton Absolute concept car has protective bash plates front and rear, a roof-mounted light bar and rail system, heavy-duty off-road Falken rubber wrapped around black wheels, jacked-up (50mm) suspension, a sail-plane and bar work in the tray.
Trademark application images seen by CarAdvice confirm Mitsubishi is considering two variants of the concept vehicle for production. One is a slightly more sedate version with carved-out 'air inlets' at the front and body mouldings on the side, while a more hardcore version integrates the sail-plane and bar in the tray.
This approach is similar to Toyota's with the luxury-focused HiLux Rogue and the HiLux Rugged X. While both feature the same running gear, one aims to cater for a luxury buyer as opposed to a hardcore off-roader.
Speaking to CarAdvice at the time of the concept reveal, Mitsubishi Motors Australia CEO John Signoriello suggested a tougher Triton fits how Australia sees (and uses) its utes.
“[The Absolute] demonstrates our commitment to exploring a vision of the future Triton that will deliver on our ‘engineered beyond tough’ commitment to the Triton series – bold enough to be taken on even more adventurous treks to explore Australia's rugged outback, which is one of Mitsubishi’s defining strengths,” he said.
It's unlikely Mitsubishi would go down the path of altering the chassis to cater for jumps and the wild Baja driving Ford levelled at the Ranger Raptor, but the suspension lift and additional components should see its off-road abilities increase.
The Triton remains of the few utes in the segment offering drivers the ability to drive on sealed surfaces in both two- and four-wheel drive high range. Most of the other vehicles in this segment can only enter four-wheel drive on unsealed surfaces. The Triton also has both a centre and rear differential lock.
Despite Mitsubishi Australia refusing to comment on whether the vehicle is confirmed for production, the concept vehicle has been touring Australian dealers and the registration of a local trademark means it's almost certainly going to hit the streets within the next year.