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Mitsubishi D:X Concept Arrives at Japan Mobility Show as an Electrified Crossover MPV

If there are such things as crossover hatchbacks (Dacia Sandero Stepway as a no-frills example) and crossover sedans (Toyota Crown as a ritzier option), why not also crossover minivans?
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Well, Mitsubishi is trying to establish the trend with the official world premiere of the D:X Concept, an electrified crossover MPV, at the Japan Mobility Show 2023. Formerly known as the Tokyo Motor Show, the event proves that automotive extravaganza is still possible in that part of the world, as every Japanese carmaker – big and small – has a lot of novelties to showcase.

Naturally, many of these concepts are electrified or fully electric, and the Mitsubishi D:X Concept is no exception. Takao Kato, president and chief executive officer of Mitsubishi Motors, commented: "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."

The Japanese automaker even has a special online portal dedicated solely to JMS 2023, which makes it clear that D:X is not just wishful thinking. Instead, it's a preview of the future of the Delica series – the range of vans and pickup trucks that have been around since 1968 and most recently reached its fifth iteration back in 2007. Obviously, soon it will be time for a sixth generation, and this prototype created with the concept of "borderless adventure" in mind sets the tone for what comes next with "a vastly spacious cabin with a sense of openness, and (also) offers the cruising range and driving performance to handle all kinds of adventures."

Inside, there's a spacious "monobox" cockpit with "panoramic" seats that rotate and move up, a voice-interactive AI concierge, a premium atmosphere with genuine leather, a see-through hood that can display information such as the turn angle of the front tires, and a newly developed sound system made in collaboration with Yamaha. No technical specifications such as power or range are advanced. Still, Mitsubishi claims the D:X uses an "environmentally friendly PHEV system" integrated with an electric 4WD system and S-AWC vehicle dynamics control.

Additionally, the all-new Triton (L200) pickup truck has also landed at home in Japan with prototype JDM specifications. The all-new pickup truck will be sold only as a two-row double-cab model with standard 4WD for the local market. Under the hood, there is a newly developed 2.4-liter "clean diesel" engine with a two-stage turbo system hooked to a six-speed automatic transmission with sport mode. Driver assistance technologies include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and the Mitsubishi Connect suite of services, and "advanced road handling" is achieved through the Super Select 4WD-II system, which includes a torque-sensing limited slip differential (LSD) for 40/60 front-rear distribution.

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