The current generation Mitsubishi Delica was first launched back in 2006, and is eleven years old now. Thus, as a part of its mid-term strategy called the ‘Drive for Growth’ for the period 2017-2019, Mitsubishi has confirmed a full model change for the Mitsubishi Delica.
The next generation Mitsubishi Delica is a part of the company’s business strategy for its home market, Japan. The all new Mitsubishi Delica was thought to be getting Nissan technology, as the Nissan has acquired 34 percent share in Mitsubishi. Mitsubishi is now a part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, which has been recently named as the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance and with the formation of auto maker alliance, Mitsubishi will get access to the shared platforms, engines and technology. However, it has come to light that as the next-gen Mitsubishi Delica development had already started before Nissan’s share acquisition in Mitsubishi, the new upcoming Delica will not be getting technology from Nissan. This has been confirmed by the President of Mitsubishi Motors, Osamu Masuko, as per a report from Japan.
It is good to mention at this point of time that the Mitsubishi Delica was once also available for sale in the car market of India, but it used to sell rebranded as the Mahindra Voyager. The Delica is currently in its 5thgeneration model and the upcoming 6th generation model could be drawing some design influence from the new Mitsubishi Xpander. Earlier reports suggested that the next generation Mitsubishi Delica will be getting based on the platform that underpins the Outlander. The reports also said that the minivan will not be getting the usual front-wheel drive system layout. According to these reports, the all new Mitsubishi Delica will be getting endowed with a newly developed 2.2 litre turbocharged diesel motor. This all-new diesel engine is said to be capable of churning out a max power output of 170 PS along with 393 Nm of top torque. The all new Delica is also said to be coming braced with the S-AWC full time all four wheel drive system, which would make it offer great traction and all-terrain capabilities.
However, till now most of the details of the next generation Mitsubishi Delica mono-box minivan is based on speculations that are going around in the web world. The Japanese company has not yet confirmed any of the details regarding the all new Delica. Mitsubishi has not also indicated any particular launch timeline for the next generation Delica, and has only revealed that the vehicle will be launching in the car market of Japan within the span of next three years, which means by the year 2020. It is being speculated that concept version of the next-gen Mitsubishi Delica could be showcased at the soon to commence 2017 Tokyo Motor Show as a preview to the actual model. It is also known that Toyota is also contemplating to bring in a similar model based on the Toyota TJ Cruiser concept.