Mitsubishi Unleashes the Beast with Triton Absolute Concept
Take a Mitsubishi Triton (that’s an L200 in Europe) off-road and you probably won’t be found wanting for performance. The standard 4×4 system runs in 2WD mode on the road but on slippery stuff it becomes 4WD. With preconfigured drive modes for gravel and mud, snow, sand and rock, the Super-Select 4WD system works faultlessly. Hill Descent Control comes as standard too to complete the package.
But of course, off-road prowess can always be improved, be that with better ground clearance, breakover angles, or chunkier tires, and Mitsubishi has seen some room for improvement in the new Triton recently facelifted for 2019. The result is the Triton Absolute concept, the hardest Triton ever.
What’s new? The suspension is the big mechanical upgrade. This has been raised by approximately 50mm, extending the distance between the tyres and arches for improved approach, departure, break over and ramp angles. This makes a big difference on rocky terrain, with the Triton Absolute capable of venturing where the standard model would be marooned. Upgraded dampers also feature to ensure the suspension isn’t jarring on rutted surfaces. In other words, it rides just fine.
The tyres have also been upgraded. The 285/65 Falken Wildpeak tires sit on bespoke 18-inch alloy wheels for a tougher look and meaner performance.
The next upgrades come in the bodywork. The Triton Absolute concept has been given the carbon fibre treatment, with some panels that would otherwise be made from steel now made from the composite. These include the tailgate and front bumper. This reduces weight while retaining the strength needed in a 4×4 pick-up.
The load bed and undercarriage also have bolstered protection. The load bed (which measures 1,520mm in length, 1,470mm in width and 475mm in depth – the same as the standard model) has a thick rubber powder coating and a tonneau cover with grab handles for easy removal. The undercarriage now has thicker steel protective plates finished in a red metallic colour which really helps them stand out.
As standard, the facelift Triton has full LED headlights, but the Triton Absolute concept also boasts full LED floodlights. These are mounted on the roof and take up a third of the space of traditional halogen floodlights. They also look very neat. There’s a dedicated switch in the cab to operate the floodlights, or they can be put on auto.
With proven mechanical reliability and off-road capability, the standard Triton is already a beast. This concept takes things up a notch. The LED floodlights and raised ride height are two features, in particular, we would like to see offered on the production model. Sadly, Mitsubishi is tight-lipped on whether the Triton Absolute concept will make production in some form, although it’s a good bet they are considering it.
This is a collaborative article.