After being missing in action for over 10 years the Ralliart nameplate has returned – just not in the way you might expect
After promising its return earlier this year, Mitsubishi has resurrected the Ralliart performance brand in Thailand and it could soon make its way to Australia.
Mitsubishi established the Ralliart brand in 1984 and quickly became synonymous with brutally fast rally cars and road cars before it was retired in 2010.
However the Ralliart has now been resurrected in Thailand where the nameplate is available on special edition versions of the Pajero Sport large SUV and Triton ute, however, like Toyota’s GR Sport sub-brand the changes made are largely cosmetic.
A Ralliart accessories package can now be fitted to both models in Thailand exclusively to help enhance the look and feel of the Pajero Sport and Triton.
Neither model receives extra power or performance as part of the package, with the 2.4-litre turbo diesel unit retaining its 133kW of power and 430Nm of torque.
For the Pajero Sport, owners will receive red front and rear bumper trim, a black tailgate spoiler, black roof, molded wheel arches, mud flaps, floor maps and Ralliart side decal stickers.
The Triton receives the same side decal stickers as well as mud flaps, floor mats and front Ralliart trim.
Interestingly, the Ralliart package is only available for the rear-wheel drive variants in the range and won’t be available on the four-wheel drive models in a move that is somewhat removed from the nameplate’s rallying heritage.
Mitsubishi Australia’s public relations manager Josephine Wagstaff said that although this current Ralliart pack won’t be coming to Australia, the company was still open to possibilities of a performance product in the future.
“The launch of the Ralliart package is limited to Thailand. The Ralliart brand has strong heritage here in Australia, with the nameplate being associated with high performance and motorsports.
“Mitsubishi Motors is considering some exciting initiatives around the Ralliart, and we at MMAL can’t wait to see what the future holds,” she said.
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