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Mitsubishi Triton Absolute previews Raptor rival

Mitsubishi has previewed a tougher Triton ute.

The Mitsubishi Triton Absolute has been revealed at the 2019 Bangkok motor show been - and it previews what could be a new halo model in the Triton range to rival the Ford Ranger Raptor. 

The first-ever Mitsubishi Triton Absolute features tougher styling and raised suspension for a more off road-focused look. 

According to Mitsubishi, public interest for the Triton Absolute will be gauged over the coming 12 months to assess it production chances. Mitsubishi Motors Australia CEO John Signoriello said the Triton Absolute is “more robust, dynamic and fast".

“While only a concept at this stage, we will assess the feedback from customers in Australia and overseas towards a more aggressive Triton which will guide the brand’s future product development," said Mr Signoriello. 

The Absolute's transformation is instantly noticeable. The Absolute's transformation is instantly noticeable.

The exterior makeover of the Triton Absolute is instantly noticeable, with flared front and rear arches, dark chrome accenting and badging, a black grille, front and rear skid plates with red accents, a carbon-fibre tailgate and Absolute stickers. 

A roof bar with tie down points and LED spot lights also features, as does all-LED frontal lighting for superior vision. 

Raised by 50mm for improved ground clearance, the Triton Absolute offers more suspension travel than the standard model, and is said to deliver superior ride and handling, according to the company. 

A wider track also features, which accommodates heavy duty off-road tyres and black alloy wheels. 

The Absolute's tailgate features carbon fibre. The Absolute's tailgate features carbon fibre.

While there have been extensive exterior changes to make the Triton more off-road capable, there has been no mention of any engine or interior changes. 

All Triton 4x4 models are powered by a 133kW/430Nm 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine, matched to either a six-speed manual gearbox or six-speed automatic transmission - a drivetrain we expect to continue to the Absolute if it reaches production.

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