Saturday, June 15, 2024

Is this rugged van an alternative to the Pajero Sport? 2025 Mitsubishi Delica plug-in hybrid imagined ahead of possible Australian release – report – Car News

Must read

Rumours of the next generation Mitsubishi Delica’s launch are gathering steam.

Japanese publication BestCar has released a render image showing what the sixth generation of Delica could look like. 

Rooted heavily in Mitsubishi’s D:X concept revealed at the 2023 Japan Mobility Show, it is expected to be an off-road capable plug-in hybrid van with futuristic looks. 

The show vehicle features wild styling with prominent LED lighting signatures, no B-Pillars or wing mirrors and integrated roof box. In Person, the D:X concept is also significantly larger than the existing Delica. 

The render image is more realistic with physical mirrors, a toned down front bash plate, tracks for the rear sliding doors and more conventional wheels. 

There are still some unique features like the low-mount headlights accompanied by a panel just below the windscreen that houses the Delica’s LED signature and badge to give the vehicle a more upright look. Its chunky flared wheel arches hide tough wheels with all-terrain tyres. 

The result is a futuristic but tasteful evolution of the current D:5 Delica, which has been on sale in Japan since 2007.

The Mitsubishi D:X concept.

The current Delica sits on the previous-gen Outlander SUV’s underpinnings that are also shared with ASX and introduced under the 2007 Lancer. It uses a 107kW/380Nm 2.2-litre turbo diesel version of the previous Triton’s four-cylinder with all-wheel drive and low-range transfer case.

It’s possible the next-gen minivan will share a platform with the new Outlander with a plug-in hybrid already confirmed for Delica. This ought to give a good blend of efficiency and off-road capability without sacrificing driving range. 

The Outlander plug-in hybrid produces peak outputs of 185kW and 450Nm while driving all four wheels. It has a 20kWh battery pack for 84km electric only range (WLTP).

The Delica nameplate is popular in Japan – and is currently exclusive to the country – but it has found niche success as a grey import in Australia. It’s an off-piste alternative to a Toyota LandCruiser Prado, Jeep Wrangler or even Kia Carnival, offering plenty of practicality at the expense of some outright off-roading ability to established 4x4s.

Mitsubishi Australia has expressed interest in the Delica, even bringing one in as an evaluation vehicle for media to sample. It’s understood the current van won’t be sold new here, though the next generation could be a potential. 

The new Delica appears in Mitsubishi’s Momentum 2030 plan as a teaser with the brand expressing interest in global development of the Delica. 

2023 Mitsubishi Delica ‘D:5’ (Image: Mitch Oke)

With the Delica’s off-road ability and seating for seven there’s potential crossover with the brand’s next generation Pajero Sport and existing ASEAN-market Xpander hybrid but an MPV (just like the Delica) featured in the previously announced mid-term plan. 

Mitsubishi is readying a selection of electric and hybrid powertrains to further broaden its appeal and the Delica could be a perfect fit for adventure-focused Australians.

Latest article