Following the new Xpander, Mitsubishi will continue to (e)xpand its model lineup for the Asian markets with the introduction of the next generation Delica van. What started as a robust cargo and passenger bus back in the late 1960 is now transforming into a comfortable people-carrier.

Production Delica spied:

The official debut of the new Delica is scheduled for the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in late October, but the attached leaked images serve as a sneak peek for the vehicle. At this point, it’s not clear whether Mitsu will present a concept or a final production model in Tokyo, but most likely we are looking at a near-production study here.

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What we do know for sure however is that the minibus will be heavily inspired in its design by the recently introduced Xpander (see comparison and gallery below). Interestingly, earlier this year it was rumored that the Delice could be discontinued, but, apparently, both the Outlander-based models will remain on sale in Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan, and other countries.

Mitsubishi Xpander
Mitsubishi Delica concept

                                                                                        (Mitsubishi Xpander vs. Mitsubishi Delica)

According to our friends at IndianAutosBlog, the new Delica won’t be offered with a front-wheel-drive option and will be exclusively available with Mitsubishi’s S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) 4WD system. Power will be provided by a new 2.2-liter diesel engine, sending 170 horsepower (127 kilowatts) and 290 pound-feet (392 Newton-meters) of torque to the wheels.

Back in October 2006, Mitsubishi launched the previous generation Delica a year after it presented it in concept form in Tokyo. It offers room for eight passengers and is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder naturally-aspirated gasoline engine, coupled to a CVT. As of January 2013, the model is also available with a 2.2-liter diesel working at a low 14.9 compression ratio.

Gallery: Mitsubishi Next-Generation MPV

No more details are currently available about the new Delica, but we hope we'll learn more in the next few months, so stay tuned.

Source: Mitsubishi via IndianAutosBlog

Gallery: Mitsubishi Delica concept

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