MITSUBISHI Motors Australia Restricted (MMAL) is engaged on a case to doubtlessly increase its vary with the reintroduction of the Delica off-road wagon because the Japanese model transitions away from common passenger vehicles and strikes in direction of a line-up filled with SUVs and light-commercial automobiles.
GoAuto understands that in response to requests from prospects and sellers, the triple-diamond model is within the technique of bringing a minimum of one Japanese-market D:5 Delica to Australia to evaluate its viability on the market right here, which if given the all-clear may see the return of the rugged go-anywhere four-wheel-drive people-mover that is still a sought-after automobile amongst outback adventurers.
The D:5 is presently registered underneath Australia’s Specialist and Fanatic Automobile Scheme (SEVS) and is obtainable by way of some impartial importers.
GoAuto has learnt that simply as Mitsubishi’s alliance associate Renault is providing the Alpine A110 sportscar in Australia with capped gross sales to adjust to low-volume restrictions on new vehicles, MMAL would possibly look to mount an analogous marketing campaign with the D:5 Delica – a minimum of initially – underneath the identical scheme that might see annual quantity restricted to 100 items.
MMAL has a historical past of bringing low-volume fashions to Australia, with the earlier Delica Area Gear and performance-oriented Lancer Evolution VIII making their solution to Australia as restricted imports.
Full homologation by way of the same old course of can also be on the desk, though reaching unrestricted compliance by way of the related Australian Design Guidelines will contain extra time and expense for what would possibly solely show to be a distinct segment market section.
That mentioned, MMAL’s supplier community is thought to be eager so as to add the Delica to its line-up, with the earlier model gaining cult standing amongst leisure and 4×4 lovers.
The Delica was first launched in Australia in 1980 because the L300 Specific following the official formation of MMAL and continued to be offered up till the fourth technology was outmoded in 2007.
Arguably the preferred instance of the Delica, and the model mostly seen on native roads, is the fourth-generation Area Gear, which was not initially supplied in Australia however discovered recognition because of its off-road functionality and better specification.
In consequence, hundreds of examples of the Area Gear and its Chamonix range-topping variant made their solution to Australia by way of the Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme (RAWS) as used import automobiles.
Not solely serving as a people-mover with house for as much as eight occupants, the Delica Area Gear was favoured as a leisure automobile because of its ample inside dimensions and off-road potential facilitated by its elevated floor clearance, low-range gearing and locking differentials.
Two powertrains have been supplied on the fourth-generation Delica, specifically a three.5-litre petrol V6 and a couple of.Eight-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine.
The present D:5 Delica has been in manufacturing since 2007, primarily based on the identical GS platform that underpinned the Lancer and Outlander, and was just lately given a major facelift which noticed the introduction of the ‘Dynamic Protect’ front-end design seen on different Mitsubishi choices such because the Triton and Pajero Sport.
Engine-wise, 2.Zero-litre and a couple of.Four-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder items are each supplied within the D:5, nevertheless if it have been to return to Australia, the more than likely powertrain possibility could be a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel unit producing 107kW/380Nm.
Mated to an eight-speed automated transmission, the Delica includes a part-time 4WD system with a locking centre differential, whereas impartial suspension is used on the entrance and rear axle.
Measuring 4800mm lengthy, 1875mm excessive and 1795mm large, the Delica can seat both seven or eight occupants throughout three rows of seating, whereas a 10.1-inch show homes the infotainment and sat-nav methods.
If the Delica does return to Australia, it may coincide with the arrival of Mitsubishi’s new mid-size van, which will probably be primarily based on the Renault Trafic and is about to the touch down regionally in the midst of subsequent yr.