A larger, upscale Xpander. That’s probably the best way to describe the all-new Mitsubishi Delica D:5.
At the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon, Mitsubishi held a public preview of the recently revealed Delica D:5 in both Standard and Urban Gear trim. This allowed us to get an up close and personal look at the all-new model.
Like most of Mitsubishi’s newer models, the Delica D:5 takes design cues from the Xpander, Montero Sport and even the Strada. For starters, the front headlight arrangement is similar to that of the Xpander. The LED headlights have been moved to the middle of the bumper while the LED daytime running lights have been moved up. Front and center is the new larger grill similar to that of the Strada, giving it a bolder look.
The side and rear of the van appear to remain largely unchanged from the previous model. There are however new taillights which have a more angular shape, compared to the previous square units. That said, a closer look at the LED pattern shows a similar design to that of the Montero Sport and the new Strada.
As the Delica comes in two different trim levels, both variants each come with a unique styling to separate one from other. The standard model sports a more rugged look with a 7-spoke wheel, skid plates at the front and rear and a higher ride height. Meanwhile, the Urban Gear is intended for comfort and luxury as it features more chrome, a slatted grill, body kit, and a different set of wheels.
Step inside and it's actually very spacious, especially in the second row. While not as spacious as the second row, sitting in the third row is still very comfortable compared to most third-row seats. In Urban Gear trim, the Delica only has a 6-seat capacity as the second row of seats are captain seats which provides more comfort. The seats are also upholstered in leather. In standard trim, it uses the standard bench seat with a 60:40 split and cloth for material. Also worth noting is that even with the third row down, it still has a lot of space to carry things in the rear.
Powering the Delica is a 2.2-liter MIVEC turbodiesel engine that is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Front wheel drive is standard but four-wheel drive is an option. Both models on display were capable of 4WD.
At the moment, there is still no word whether the all-new Delica will be offered in the Philippines. We can only hope it does, as it can go toe-to-toe with the likes of the Toyota Innova.