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JMS 2023: Mitsubishi D:X concept is a rugged glimpse of a future Delica

It is a plug-in hybrid crossover MPV

Enter the D:X concept, a rugged PHEV crossover. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

While we don’t have the Mitsubishi Delica in our country, the current-generation model (D:5) has been in existence in Japan since 2007, which is essentially forever in automotive terms.

Fans of the badge no longer have to wait longer as the automaker has pulled the wraps off the D:X concept.

The “D” obviously stands for Delica, but Mitsubishi calls it a crossover instead of a van. It combines the best of both MPV and SUV worlds. It can comfortably seat six people and carry a lot of luggage, all while having the off-road capabilities of a sport-utility vehicle.

According to Seiji Watanabe, Mitsubishi’s general manager of design, overlanding gear sits atop a panoramic glass roof. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

The Dynamic Shield design language here has extended to the rest of the vehicle, complete with large-profile off-road tires, skid plates, and T-shape laser lights that allow for amazing visibility in dark conditions.

This is a plug-in hybrid, as Mitsubishi says it can provide the best of both worlds whether you are in the city or out on the open roads. It also utilizes an electric 4WD system from two electric motors, allowing for S-AWC (Super All-Wheel Control).

This cabin blends form and functionality. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

The spacious cabin utilizes special tricks such as a see-through hood and large windows that make possible an open field of view. This is complemented by “panoramic seats” that not only swivel but also move up and down to enable undisturbed viewing angles for all passengers.

Occupants are treated to a luxurious interior with tan leather upholstery, metal trimmings, and a sound system from Yamaha that has clever headrest speakers for a three-dimensional sound signature.

Should the future Delica go all out and keep this rugged off-road look? PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

Should the next-generation Delica take inspiration from this concept car, fans of the brand will have a lot to look forward to as it marries both practical luxury and off-road capability.

In fact, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines president Takeshi Hara mentioned that if our market’s reception for the production vehicle is well enough, maybe we might see this model make it to our shores.

Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.