Fresh patent sketches uncovered by an Australian publication suggest Mitsubishi is close to bringing a new flagship version of its Triton double-cab bakkie – likely based on the rugged Absolute concept – to market.

The folks over at CarAdvice discovered the trademark application images (head over to their site to see them), which show the potential production vehicle in two forms.

The first is a fairly subtle upgrade over the standard (recently facelifted) Triton, while the second features various items – such as an integrated sports bar and railings – first seen on the Absolute show vehicle revealed at the 2019 Bangkok International Motor Show back in March.

The publication speculates the production model will gain little more in the way of mechanical updates than a suspension hike, with the Japanese firm unlikely to engineer a bespoke chassis (as Ford has done with the Ranger Raptor).

As a reminder, the Triton Absolute show vehicle featured special protective body cladding, prominent front and rear skid-plates (with red accents), a redesigned tailgate and a model-specific lighting system. It also boasted a wider track to accommodate off-road wheels and tyres, while the upgraded suspension raised the body by 50 mm and provided more suspension travel.