Mitsubishi Delica – Sport Utility MPV: A gem of a vehicle

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Delica’s Sumatera Adventure

Mitsubishi has a long history of building sporty cars and most of them are rally-based from the small compact Mirage to its world-beating Lancer Evolutions, but now here is a Mitsubishi Delica that is an MPV with a sport utility character that was premiered and launched in Indonesia during the Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS) 2014 which was held during 18 through 28 September at the Jakarta International Expo, Kemayoran.

In this IIMS 2014, KTB launched the new passenger vehicle, Mitsubishi Delica, as the only MPV that has SUV character. Mitsubishi Delica has the Highest Ground Clearance in its class, that can make the Delica travel across almost all kind of terrain. Mitsubishi Delica has sporty and dynamic exterior body that express the toughness while still prioritising the comfort and security aspects, also the main feature that no competitor in its class have had.

PT. Krama Yudha Tiga Berlian Motors (KTB), the authorised distributor of Mitsubishi Vehicles in Indonesia from Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) and Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corporation (MFTBC) offered an invitation to the writer to participate in a test-drive session from the city of Padang in West Sumatera province to Pekanbaru in Riau province of which was duly accepted and taken with a pinch of salt.

The Delica comes with stylish features that will appeal to the younger and more dynamic buyer who will appreciate its bold outlook. It is highly regarded for its superb handling and uniquely sporty, tough looking exterior design. With its stylish design, advanced technology and reliable engineering, the Delica will impress the urban dweller that is looking for something rugged yet refined for cruising along city streets. Ergonomics is excellent and built quality is a huge improvement. It comes complete with Power Sliding Door for both door side for ease of access into the second- and third-row seats.

Once inside the Delica, the immediate impact will be the overall harmony of the interior in choice of colours and materials. There is a dominant 6.95-inch Multi-Function Display Colour LCD on top of the centre console and the finish of the dash is simple yet with durability and functionality in mind. In the area of entertainment, there is a FM/AM radio, MP3, CD with USB, and iPod capability, Smart Audio System with 6 speakers.

There are plenty of storage spaces well spread out throughout the spacious cabin with various storage that will add comfortability for all passengers in travelling. The Mitsubishi Delica comes complete with 7 seats that is separated in 3 rows with the second-row being Captain Seats. All rows can be arranged flexibly because of sliding functions. If you want to get spacious leg room, the seat can be slide back easily. The legroom available for the front occupants is good and the legroom for the second- and third-row passengers is more than ample. The backseat can be recline until 180° that match with you and your family’s adventurous needs. All the knobs and switches are within easy reach.The 4-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel felt comfortable and responsive whilst the NVH in the interior impressive.

There are a host of active and passive safety features including ABS, EBD and BA with Active Stability Control (ASC) and Traction Control. The front occupants are equipped with two SRS airbags and knee airbags.

With its ample power output of 150 PS (110kW) at 6,000 rpm and a good 19.4 kg.m (191 Nm) of torque at 4,200 rpm from its 2.0-litre SOHC MIVEC engine with Auto Stop & Go that will be efficient in fuel consumption. The new generation engine that has high performance that comes complete with Auto Stop & Go technology that can turn off engine automatically while the brake is pushed and the car stopped. This technology can reduce fuel consumption and emission so it will be more environment friendly.

The MIVEC 2.0-litre engine then combined with INVECS-III CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) with Sport Mode transmission that is easy to operate and suitable for heavy urban road conditions. CVT transmission that is complete with Paddle Shift made driving easier in gear transmission seems like in sports car. Cruise Control technology enable the driver to control the vehicle without pressing the pedal continuously, increase the comfort in driving and reduce fuel consumption. The 6-speed CVT transmission that comes with Paddle Shift and Cruise Control stays as calm, that is until the Ds (sporty) mode is engaged when one insist on choosing the gear ratios themselves.

And thanks to its suspension, sports tuned to its wheels and tyres, it feels about as communicative with its power train and suspension in normal modes. The Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control technology maintains driving security in order to keep the vehicle stable while manoeuvring or passing through slippery road. Traction control is also useful in avoiding split tyre above slippery surface.

The heavily trafficked and clogged roads made our journey difficult. The at times small roads, often with high and steep gradients and brittle edges needed full concentration. Forthcoming traffic would often stay in the middle of the road to protect their tyres, which at times forced us into groves off the roads sometimes. The way from Padang to Pekanbaru via Bukit Tinggi and back is a long one with beautiful landscape and scenery but for most of the other time it’s monotonous. The intermittent rain and heavy traffic kept us on our toes and we can attest to its unflappable road-handling.

Equally important in those conditions are brakes that are not just strong but deliver impressive pedal feel, and it was reassuring to know the the Delica features Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution, and Brake Assist (BA) too of which we’re able to fully utilise on numerous occasions.

We reached Pekanbaru and we proceeded to rest, for some it will be a flight back to Jakarta the next day, but for me it was another return drive to look forward to. It was a really nice welcome and good entry into the heart of Pekanbaru. In this special moments, KTB also launch it’s world’s first Sport Utility MPV, Mitsubishi Delica, which combine the character of MPV and SUV for its West Sumatra  and Riau audience.

The colour choices are Warm White Pearl, Cool Silver Metallic, Eiger Grey Metallic and Diamond Black Mica. The price is IDRp409,000,000,- on-the-road Jabodetabek; IDRp415,000,000,- for Pekanbaru and its vicinity during the launch period.

Experience the peace of mind and experience a fresh excitement, the Delica stands out with distinctive exterior design. Given the current environment in which every penny counts, here is a vehicle that is attractively priced, and offers handsome performance and fuel economy. Size-wise and bang per buck, it is a good investment. I think it has a great potential for a daily drive, it trumps against the competition.

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Specification: Mitsubishi Delica

Engine:

Type: 4J11 (2.0L) S4 MPI S-MIVEC AS&G

Fuel type: Unleaded petrol (Min. 90 RON)

Engine displacement: 1,998cc

Compression ratio: 10.5:1

Maximum output: 150PS (110kW) at 6,000 rpm

Maximum torque: 19.4 kg.m (191 Nm) at 4,200 rpm

Fuel System: Multi Point Injection (MPI)

Fuel tank capacity: 66 litres

Transmission type: INVECS-III 6-speed CVT

Gear ratio: 1st-6th 2,349 – 0.394

Reverse:1750

Final gear ratio: 6.466

Turning radius: 5.7 metres

Chassis:

Steering: Rack & pinion (power assisted)

Suspension: Front: MacPherson strut coil springs with stabiliser

Rear:Multi-link, coil springs with stabiliser

Brakes: Front: Ventilated disc 16-inch

Rear:Solid Disc 16-inch

Parking brake: Pedal type

Tyre size: 215/70R16 99H

Dimensions:

Overall length: 4,730mm

Overall width: 1,795mm

Overall height: 1,850mm

Wheelbase: 2,850mm

Ground clearance: 190mm

Curb weight: 1,685kg

Seating capacity: 7 persons

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