Mitsubishi transforms the Delica Mini, ek X EV, and Minicab into go-anywhere Kei cars
Mitsubishi is set to arrive at this year's Tokyo Auto Salon with a bevy of modified vehicles. But don't expect the display to be just Mitsubishi's crossovers or people carriers. Set to make their public debut are modified versions of the brand's Kei cars; particularly the Delica Mini, ek Cross (stylized as ek X) EV, and the Minicab.
Starting with the Delica Mini, Mitsubishi will show three modified versions of their latest kei car. First is a regular production Delica Mini that has been fitted with several genuine accessories. While the outside is unmodified, the cabin gets all-weather floor mats, distinct decals, and a 9-inch navigation system.
Next up is the Snow Survivor Concept which appears to be ready for the long winter. Based on the Delica D:5 which also gets similar upgrades, this particular Kei car sports Toyo Open Country A/T tires, a new steel front bumper, a roof rack, blacked-out exterior elements, beadlock-style alloy wheels, mud flaps, a distinct livery highlighting its capability in the snowy terrain.
There's also the Delica Mini x Coleman concept which puts an emphasis on the great outdoors. The collaboration between the automaker and outdoor company has resulted in the Delica Mini sporting Toyo Open Country A/T tires, mud flaps, a roof rack, mud flaps, and a unique “greige” livery complete with the Coleman logo finished in white.
Moving from the Delica Mini, Mitsubishi will also show the ek Cross EV Smooth x Tough concept. With an SUV-inspired design, this EV gets taller ride height, all-terrain tires, a steel bull bar up front, a huge roof rack with auxiliary lights, a rear ladder, and a matte gray finish for a more rugged look.
Last but not least is another zero emissions concept called the Minicab MiEV Leisure Style II. It's finished in a special military-style two-tone paint complete with some eye-catching decals as well as all-terrain tires. But perhaps its most distinct feature is that it comes equipped with a scooter, a fishing set, and an interior that has been transformed into a mobile workplace thanks to a desk, chair, projector, and a bed kit (not seen in photos).
Kei cars may not be known for having the roomiest of interiors. But thanks to Japanese ingenuity, Mitsubishi was able to transform some of its smallest vehicles into capable and practical vehicles that are ready for any type of terrain or situation.
Those who plan to visit this year's Tokyo Auto Salon will be able to see the modified Kei cars in the metal at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan from January 13 until January 15, 2023.