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How about a van like the Mitsubishi Delica for off-road touring?

No off-road tourer has ever said “that’s too much space”. So why aren’t we driving 4×4 vans? And we’re thinking about the Mitsubishi Delica…

NOW, TO BE fair, there are a fair few imported Delicas in Australia, older models based on Pajero Gen II running gear complete with low-range and Super Select. But why not these:
 
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Look at all that lovely loadspace!  No need to tow a trailer with that sort of capacity.
 
 
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Here’s what it looks like inside:
 
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Yes indeed, this is the modern Mitsubishi Delica.  They don’t appear to have low range, but they are 4WD. Not the greatest of clearances, but you could do a lot worse than tour Australia in one of these.
 
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We asked Mitsubishi Australia why they don’t import them, and the answer was simple. Lack of demand, and its reckons the market for people movers in Australia is only around 10,000 a year of which the Delica would be a small proportion. Shame, but you can’t expect them to take decisions which aren’t commercially feasible. I guess we’ll need to wait for grey import laws and bring in our own.
 
Here’s a nicely set up Delica grey import to show what can be done:
 
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So…would you drive an offroading van?  If not, why not?
 
Here’s some passionate Mitsubishi fans gathering for a Muster in 2010, with a few Delicas here and there.
 
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Robert Pepper

Robert Pepper

Robert Pepper is a motoring journalist, offroad driver trainer and photographer interested in anything with wings, sails or wheels. He is the author of four books on offroading, and owns a modified Ford Ranger PX which he uses for offroad touring. His other car is a Toyota 86 which exists purely to drive in circles on racetracks, and that's when he isn't racing his Nissan Pulsar. Visit his website: www.l2sfbc.com or follow him on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RobertPepperJourno/ or buy his new ebook!