Mitsubishi's D:X Concept: Electrified Age Redefining the Delica Legacy
The Mitsubishi D:X Concept, a unique six-seater with PHEV technology and an unconventional transparent hood, offers spacious innovation and style.
Mitsubishi's vision for a future Delica takes center stage with the dramatic debut of the Mitsubishi D:X Concept at the Japan Mobility Show in Tokyo. While reminiscent of its Delica predecessors, this concept takes extravagance to new heights.
Described as an electrified crossover MPV, the D:X Concept aims to merge the spaciousness of an MPV with the handling prowess of an SUV. Its exterior design boasts a reinterpretation of Mitsubishi's signature Dynamic Shield front fascia, featuring a skid plate and LED daytime running lights positioned at the windshield's base. To convey strength, the concept flaunts boldly designed fenders, all drenched in a striking copper hue inspired by luxurious glamping. Completing the look is a capacious roof storage box and T-shaped LED rear lights to complement those at the front.
Inside, Mitsubishi envisions the new-age Delica as a six-seater with a unique 2+2+2 seating arrangement. The front seats are swivel-capable, and an innovative see-through hood, combined with VR technology, displays a view directly in front of the wheels. The D:X Concept's interior showcases a flat-bottomed, flat-topped brown leather-clad steering wheel with a central screen for essential vehicle data. It also features a digital instrument cluster and an interactive AI-powered concierge.
The D:X concept introduces an electric four-wheel-drive system with a vehicle dynamics manager, designed to enhance the driving experience. Mitsubishi aims to transform the ride from the typical swaying and high-riding van feel to a more conventional passenger car sensation. The addition of front and rear skid plates not only contributes to the concept's rugged appearance but also indicates its off-road potential. This innovation signifies Mitsubishi's commitment to combining electric power and advanced engineering to create a vehicle that not only meets the practical needs of a van but also elevates the driving experience, offering the best of both worlds in one concept vehicle.
Yamaha has lent its expertise to the D:X Concept, developing a special audio system that incorporates speakers in the headrests. Specifics about the powertrain remain limited, but Mitsubishi affirms that it's an eco-friendly PHEV with an electric 4WD system.
Mitsubishi Motors President and CEO, Takao Kato, highlighted the D:X Concept's significance, stating, "The Mitsubishi D:X Concept is a concept car that brings together the best of Mitsubishi Motors’ technologies – our electrification and all-wheel control technologies in particular – with a view to realizing a carbon-neutral society. We will continue to provide fulfilling mobility lifestyles that awaken the adventurous spirit of drivers and provide excitement for everyone on board." This forward-looking concept paves the way for the future of Mitsubishi's iconic Delica.