Mitsubishi appears to be adamant in further expanding their lineup of people carriers. During the launch of the recently unveiled Xpander, our editor received information from MMC's chief designer about a concept that is set to be revealed at this year's Tokyo Motor Show.
In a new development, it appears that the concept that will be shown is likely to be the next-gen Delica. Leaked images of the concept have surfaced online but it is unclear whether or not these are officially from Mitsubishi. If the images are indeed from Mitsubishi themselves, then the all-new van might just get cues from its smaller MPV counterpart. The Delica last received a major redesign back in 2007.
With Nissan owning a significant percent of Mitsubishi Motors, the new Delica may share its plaform with the Nissan NV350 or NV200 as a way to save on costs. In our previous report, the company is apparently studying in jointly developing the next-generation Triton/Strada and Navara. Apart from that, Nissan is also thinking about sharing components and platforms of the ASX and Outlander with the X-Trail and Qashqai in the near future.
This will not be the first time Nissan and Mitsubishi have shared platforms as the Delica D:3 is a rebadged version of the Nissan NV200.
Back to the Delica concept, it is possible that it may be powered by one of Mitsubishi's MIVEC diesel engines. However, it is yet to be known if it will be the 1.8-, 2.2- or 2.4-liter that will be used for the all-new van. With the current D:5 Delica still making sales figures over in Japan, the next-generation model could arrive some time in 2018.
Source: Motor Magazine