Japan’s carmakers proceed to preview their modified wares for the 2024 Tokyo Auto Salon. The present gained recognition for its huge array of tuned sports cars, however Mitsubishi’s lineup is geared in direction of overlanding.
Headlining the roster are a pair of Mitsubishi Triton pickups. The inventory Yamabuki Orange instance marks an necessary occurring for the beleaguered Mitsubishi — previewing the Triton’s return to Japan this February after a 13-year absence from the market.
In fact, this being the Auto Salon there is a closely modified model of the truck that hasn’t even hit showrooms but. A grey specimen with greater Toyo tires, beefier bumpers and a snorkel is named the Triton Snow Shredder and is constructed for heading into the hills.
A equally themed four-wheel-drive Mitsubishi Delica D:5 gives an instance on the right way to modify the most recent era of the “vanlife” favourite. The van is named the Delica D:5 Chamonix Snow Gear, referencing a particular version of the fourth-generation journey minivan.
It is paired with the Delica Mini Chamonix Snow Gear, primarily based on the Delica Mini kei automotive unique to the Japanese market. Geared up with a brush guard, roof rack and auxiliary lights, it is about as rugged as a kei automotive may be. It additionally comes with AWD and loads of intelligent packaging for maximized inside quantity.
The one automotive on show that has an American-market relevance is the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Energetic Discipline. The one-off customized primarily based on an SUV we additionally get has Yokohama Geolandar tires, a lifted suspension and plenty of blacked out accents.
It is sensible for Mitsubishi to give attention to the overlanding and “vanlife” developments, because it lacks any sporting or racing vehicles in its portfolio. It is not a wholly dangerous approach to go, as there are limits to what one can do with an all truck and SUV lineup. Plus, off-roading and overlanding are wildly fashionable and worthwhile proper now. The corporate’s sole automotive, the Mirage, is now not offered in Japan. Final 12 months noticed Mitsubishi return to profitability, and the present vehicles hope to inject some pizzazz into the recovering model.