Mitsubishi Motors announced that it will launch a new Delica D:3 compact passenger minivan as well as a commercial Delica Van later this month. The Delica monicker is based on the contraction of the phrase 'delivery car'. The new Delica variant is a rebadge of the Nissan NV200 and is part of Mitsubishi and Nissan's cooperative agreement for OEM supply of vehicles.
The Delica D:3 will be powered by a lightweight all-aluminum 109ps/152Nm 1.6-liter gasoline engine that will most likely be Nissan's HR16DE engine and mated to a 4-Speed Automatic Transmission. The D:3 is offered in two variants called M and G, differing in seating configurations to accommodate 5 and 7 persons respectively. A manual transmission variant will only be available for the commercial Delica Van.
This is not the first rebadge for the Delica product line, as Mitsubishi has sourced the Mazda Bongo as its cargo version Delica from 1999-2010 and the Delica D:2 launched earlier this year was sourced from Suzuki on another OEM deal.
In a effort to enhance competitiveness in the industry, Mitsubishi and Nissan has further expanded its OEM business partnership to the premium sedan segment. Mitsubishi will be sourcing its new premium sedan from Nissan based on the Fuga. The two companies have also started deliberations on the provision of Mitsubishi's MINICAB-MiEV commercial mini EV to Nissan for 2012.