Remember the Mitsubishi Triton Absolute concept shown a couple of months back? To jog your memory, it was a beefed up, more off-road oriented version of the already versatile Triton/Strada pickup. At the time it was shown, Mitsubishi was neither confirming or denying that they will make a production version of it.
Turns out, they've been thinking about it for quite some time already.
Recently leaked patent photos of what appears to be a more rugged version of the Strada/Triton have surfaced online. That suggests that Mitsubishi is seriously considering making a road-going version of the Absolute. In fact, there are versions of the said pickup.
The first version is a lot more faithful to the concept shown during the 2019 Bangkok Motor Show. Like the pickup displayed back in March, the first drawing has an aerodynamic sports bar with rails integrated on the sides. Then there's the roof-mounted LED lightbar, which was also seen in the L200 rescue vehicle shown right before the concept. It also has thicker body cladding surrounding the entire lower half of the car. The partitions for what are supposed to be the foglight housings are left blank.
As for the second version, it appears tamer than the first. It loses the roof basket, roof lights, and sports bar. However, the rest of the pickup is still similar to the first patent drawing. That means the cladding, along with the unique front bumpers, have been retained.
What isn't certain is if the production model will still come with the beefed up suspension. The concept featured a 50 mm lift kit, which equates to about 2 inches. If Mitsubishi does decide to have a showroom version of the Absolute with the lift kit, that means the off-road pickup could have a ground clearance of 270 mm, or about 10.6 inches. For comparison basis, the standard Strada/Triton 4x4 is 220 mm off the ground, which is about 8.6 inches.
While this sound like an exciting bit of news, a patent drawing isn't a guarantee that it will come into fruition. However, the fact that Mitsubishi went as far as filing patents for it gives us a glimmer of hope.