Earlier this year, CARmag.co.za reported that an Australian-based executive of Mitsubishi admitted that the automaker sees an "opportunity" to build a hardcore version of the facelifted Triton bakkie to rival the Ford Ranger Raptor.

James Tol, head of product planning at Mitsubishi Motors Australia, told motoring.com.au the automaker “will talk about that down the track".

Now, the Japanese firm has lifted the wraps off the Triton Absolute concept - the most rugged version in its bakkie line-up - at the 2019 Bangkok International Motor Show. 

According to Mitsubishi, the Absolute embodies the same "uncompromising nature", which underlies its lesser stablemates. However, these characteristics have now been amplified to make the Absolute "more solid and more rugged", and  the company believes it will resonate strongly with pick-up enthusiasts. 

Adding to its robust appearance, the exterior has been equipped with extra kit, including protective body paneling and extended lighting systems. Mitsubishi is yet to announce whether this special version will receive engine upgrades. But from what we understand, this is unlikely and the 133 kW/430 N.m 2,4-litre turbodiesel will remain.