Shown at the Thai Motor Expo in Bangkok last year, and replacing the Xtreme, the South African spec Athlete sports the same exterior add-ons as its Southeast Asian sibling, in the form of black powder coated 17-inch alloy wheels, black honeycomb grille, special orange and grey decals, bespoke bodykit, black front and rear bumper finish, black wheel arches, black sports bars and black door handles as well as mirror caps.
Available in two standard exterior colours, black and grey, the interior gets two-tone black leather seats with orange inserts, Athlete embroidered front seat backs and orange stitching on the steering wheel, seats, gear lever, centre console and door panels.
In terms of standard equipment, the Athlete receives bi-xenon headlights with daytime running LEDs, an upgraded instrument cluster, dual-zone climate control, multi-function steering, push-button start, seven airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, as well as Hill Start Assist and Active Stability and Traction Control.
No changes have taken place underneath the bonnet where the 2.4-litre DI-D turbodiesel engine continues to produce 133 kW and 430 Nm of torque, linked to a five-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters. As with the standard Triton, drive goes to the rear wheels or all four via Mitsubishi’s shift-on-the-fly Super Select-II four-wheel drive system with low range.
Included in the R559 995 asking price, the same as the normal Triton 4x4 auto, the Athlete also comes with a three year / 100 000 km warranty and five year / 90 000 km service plan as standard.