The Mitsubishi Delica

1979

Mitsubishi L300 History

The second-generation Delica van went on sale in June 1979, its first full model change in 11 years. In certain markets it was known as the L300; the Mitsubishi L300 or the Mitsubishi Colt L300. Its size was dictated by strict Japanese regulations for ‘compact’ vehicles. It had a sliding side door and a one-piece gas strut tailgate. It also offered a very roomy interior space, full fold-flat seats in the second and third rows, a clean and linear boxy design, comfortable ride quality, easy-to-drive handling and stability, and rigidly.

Mitsubishi Delica L300 Models

Van and truck variants were joined by the 9-seat Delica Star Wagon powered by a MCA-JET engine that complied with Japan's 1978 emission regulations. Subsequently, hi-roof variants of the van and wagon types were added in May 1980, while in September 1981, a wagon with automatic transmission joined the lineup. This was followed by four-wheel drive, long body and diesel powered variants in October 1982.

Mitsubishi L300 4x4 Milestones

The four-wheel drive model that joined the lineup on October 1982 was Japan's first four-wheel one-box wagon and employed a full-feature four-wheel driveline (4WD). The grille guard provided additional front end protection and fitted the rugged, utilitarian design theme.

Mitsubishi Delica Truck Legacy

The extensive range of models brought an increase in sales volume and in segment share. The Delica Star Wagon enjoyed growing popularity as its overall width pushed the limits dictated by Japanese regulations for compact cars. With its tall stance, Delica Star Wagon 4WD made a strong impact on the market and helped to create consumer perception that the Delica and 4WD were inextricably linked.