Mitsubishi Delica Mini: All-Wheel Drive 52 HP Kei Car

64-hp Max Version Available

In anticipation of its early November 2022 debut, Mitsubishi has now unveiled the Delica Mini to the public in Japan. This unyielding kei car is a bulky yet petite hatchback that comes with selections such as all-terrain traction or a hybrid powertrain. It has palms-free powered sliding back doors and a classic silhouette adorned by design elements taken from the Delica D:5. The robust look is reinforced by silver underbody protection panels and hefty plastic exterior shielding.

Engineered to meet kei car regulations, the new Delica flavor is a worthy bearer of its “Mini” suffix. Measuring in at 133.6 inches (3395 millimeters) long and 1475 mm (58 in) wide, but 1830 mm (72 in) tall, it is quite the compact vehicle. Its wheelbase is 2495 mm (98.2 in) and the AWD variant has been given special tuning for the shock absorbers.

Different wheel sizes and tire sizes are available, based on the trim chosen. The base level comes as 14-inch wheels with 155/65 R14 tires for front-wheel-drive cars, while an all-wheel-drive model carries 15-inch rims with 165/60 R15 tires. The fuel tank in this vehicle holds only 7.1 gallons (27 liters) and the two variants weigh 2,138 pounds (970 kilograms) or 2,337 pounds (1,060 kg).

Power for the Delica Mini is available courtesy of a robust 3-cylinder, 0.66-liter non-supercharged engine providing 52 horses and 44 foot-pounds (60 Newton Meters) of torque on its basic version. Get the energetic rendition of it and you shall be bestowed with a formidable 64 hp and 74 foot-pounds (100 Nm) of torque. The Delica Mini is offered solely in conjunction with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) and with both engines having optional All Wheel Drive or Front Wheel Drive tie-ups.

Despite its diminutive stature, the Mitsubishi Delica Mini is overflowing with amenities. It comes outfitted with not only Grip Control and Hill Descent mechanisms, but also LED headlights with an auto-high beam feature, adaptive cruise aid, lane assistance, and even a traffic sign recognition system. Within, it provides a water and stain resistant cloth finish, while the cargo zone boasts that same quality resistance.

Offering twelve distinct painting options, half of which unveil double-toned designs, Mitsubishi’s Delica Mini is going to hit the market come May 25th. Prices will range from a low of 1,804,000 yen (~$13,800 at present exchange rates) to 2,238,500 yen (~$17,000). Before it’s launch, there had been about 9,000 orders received, sixty percent of which have opted in for AWD capability, while eighty percent chose the top-tier trim!

Source: Mitsubishi

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