The new Mitsubishi Triton may have been revealed; however, while we wait for the box-fresh iteration to reach our shores, the local arm of the Japanese automaker has expanded their current-generation line-up by introducing the Triton Athlete. See pricing below…

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MITSUBISHI TRITON ATHLETE SPEC

So, what sets this limited-edition Triton apart from its standard stablemates? For starters, Mitsubishi says the Triton Athlete was inspired by the ‘Café Racer’ concept that originated among British motorcycle lovers, who took inspiration from motorsport to personalise their motorcycles, in the 1960s. The most notable addition to the exterior is a “comprehensive” decal kit, which, the manufacturer says, was inspired by the world of motorsport. The package includes a bonnet decal, tailgate strip and side stripes featuring the number 01. Several red accents — applied to the front bumper lower garnish, side step and rear bumper — are also present. In addition, the Triton Athlete has gained black accents for the LED headlamps and 18-inch alloys finished in the same hue.

The motorsport theme continues to the cabin, where the steering wheel, parking brake and floor console feature black and red contrast stitching. The latter hue have also been used for the stitching on the “unique” leather seats and the door trim.

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MITSUBISHI TRITON ATHLETE ENGINE

Based on the 4×4 automatic version, the Triton Athlete employs the carmaker’s 2.4-litre four-cylinder oil-burner. The turbocharged diesel unit is endowed with 133 kW and 430 Nm of torque, available from 3 500 r/min and 2 500 r/min, respectively. Power is sent to the firm’s Super Select II 4WD system via a six-speed automatic transmission. Mitsubishi claims an average fuel consumption figure of 8.3 L/100 km.

MITSUBISHI TRITON ATHLETE PRICE

The Mitsubishi Triton Athlete is priced at R749 990, R20 000 more than the double-cab bakkie it is based on. Pricing includes a five-year/90 000 km service plan and a three-year/100 000 km warranty.