As performance pick-up goes, the Ford Ranger Raptor is in a league of its own. Well, maybe not for long. According to CarAdvice, Mitsubishi has filed trademark applications for two beefed-up Triton models based on the Triton Absolute concept, suggesting that the automaker is considering them for production.

The Triton Absolute was revealed as a concept at the 2019 Bangkok motor show, featuring a raft of carbon-fibre trims, as well as protective bash plates for the front and rear, a roof-mounted light bar and rail system, black 18-inch wheels with Falken Wildpeak M/T 285/65 off-road tyres, jacked-up suspension (+50 mm!), a sail-plane and bar work in the tray.

The trademarked pair aren’t identical, though. One is a tamer version with carved-out ‘air inlets’ at the front and body mouldings on the side, whereas the more hardcore version integrates the sail-plane and bar in the tray. While it may not seem like a full-blown Ranger Raptor rival, the move is quite similar to Toyota’s approach with the Hilux Rogue and Hilux Rugged X.

While the hardcore Triton may not receive the same level of mechanical and chassis revisions as the Ranger Raptor, it may get a suspension lift system, which will improve its off-road abilities by a considerable margin.

As it is, the Triton is one of the few pick-up trucks in the segment that offers drivers the ability to drive on-road and off-road in both two- or four-wheel drive high (4H) range. It boasts a centre and rear differential lock. Most of the other vehicles in this segment can only enter four-wheel drive on unsealed surfaces.

Mitsubishi Australia CEO, John Signoriello said a tougher Triton fits the way Australians see and use their pick-up trucks. “The Triton Absolute demonstrates our commitment to exploring a vision of the future Triton that will deliver on our ‘engineered beyond tough’ commitment to the Triton series – bold enough to be taken on even more adventurous treks to explore Australia’s rugged outback, which is one of Mitsubishi’s defining strengths,” he said.

The company has declined to comment on whether the Triton Absolute is confirmed for production, but it’s worth knowing that the vehicle has been touring Australian dealerships. CarAdvice added that the registration of a local trademark means a version of the pick-up truck will almost certainly go on sale within the next year.

GALLERY: 2019 Mitsubishi Triton Absolute Concept