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|Mitsubishi is visiting an oft-neglected segment at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show, with the wild-looking D:5 Concept. (Photo: Mitsubishi Motors North America)|
For decades, areas of eastern influence, such as Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa and Australia relied on such vehicles to move people and stuff across some of the most inhospitable conditions. Mitsubishi is visiting the oft-neglected segment that caters to such off-beat adventurers at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show, with the wild-looking D:5 Concept.
With the very brief exception of the original Toyota minivan (that weird-looking cab-forward van from the mid '80s internally code-named YR), monobox compact vans have remained relatively unpopular within North America, yet their sales thrive elsewhere in the world. Mitsubishi is an active participant in this segment with the Delcia minivan, having been
|Monobox compact vans have remained relatively unpopular within North America, yet their sales thrive elsewhere in the world. (Photo: Mitsubishi Motors North America)|
I don't know if I can put it any other way, but the D:5 Concept looks like a brick - a brick with a slightly tapered front end. Normally, these are critical words, but I feel they're a compliment for this machine, as its inherent lack of curves and corners was intentional. Mitsubishi wanted the D:5 to be as slab-sided and simple as possible, minimizing front and rear fascia detail. Its distinct lack of any grille, other than the supplementary intake below the bumper, and absence of trim on the side or at the back, brings attention to its masculine lines and taut, purposeful skin. Overhangs at front and rear are small, to maximize interior volume and improve all-terrain capabilities. Blackout headlights and tail lights, plus Lego-brick side view mirrors further its buff appearance.