Mitsubishi Shogun Commercial

Shogun makes Commercial sense

11 April 2018

MITSUBISHI is to introduce an upmarket pick-up for those who want others to think they are actually driving a premium SUV.

The newcomer looks just like the executive Shogun Sport SUV, but is actually a commercial vehicle based on the workhorse L200 pick-up.

With a Tardis-style interior devoid of rear seats, the vehicle offers 1500 litres of carrying capacity inside, and can tow a braked trailer of up to 3.1 tonnes.

Aimed at farmers and those likely to find themselves on tricky terrain with loads of gear, the Shogun Sport Commercial aims to achieve the best of both worlds.

On the one hand it is a serious off-roader with a very useful interior cargo area, whilst on the other hand it boasts the same standards of comfort and luxury as an upmarket prestige vehicle.

Also, and perhaps most importantly, it does not look like a utilitarian pick-up, but rather a standard SUV.

Powered by the same 180bhp 2.4-litre turbodiesel engine as the L200, it uses Mitsubishi’s selectable all-wheel drive system that can be switched from everyday two- wheel-drive at speeds of up to 60mph.

It also comes with a special off-road mode, hill-descent control and trailer start assist.

There is an upward-lifting rear door to create the widest possible access to the load area, with a flat floor extending all the way to the backs of the front seats, at which point there is a low bulkhead.

This creates added bracing strength whilst also acting as a formidable buffer to prevent the load from hitting the seat backs.

The rear windows are opaque as standard, with steel ones as an option, thereby guaranteeing that the vehicle qualifies for a VAT refund as a genuinely commercial vehicle.

Based on the top-of-the-range Mitsubishi Shogun Sport 4 specification, there is a sophisticated eight-speed automatic transmission plus the sort of features to be expected within an executive vehicle.

These include leather upholstery, electrically-adjustable and heated front seats, power folding mirrors, LED headlamps, tail lamps and daytime running lights, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry with push-button start, privacy glass, automatic headlamps and wipers, headlamp washers and a very upmarket sound system incorporating a 510W amplifier.

Bluetooth and the Mitsubishi Smartphone Link Display Audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also included.

Safety stuff encompasses adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation, blind spot warning, a 360-degree camera and rear parking sensors.

There is additionally Ultrasonic Mis-Acceleration Mitigation System,  which utilises front parking sensors to halt any accidental sudden acceleration when any obstacles are detected nearby.

Prices for the Shogun Sport Commercial have yet to be announced.