Mitsubishi Shogun Sport

16 June 2018

THE new Mitsubishi Shogun Sport will go on sale here next month with the claim of being the most competent off-road vehicle on the market.

Mitsubishi says that although the vehicle will compete in the overcrowded luxury sector of the executive SUV market, it will have special appeal for those who need its genuine 4x4 abilities.

The overwhelming majority of such vehicles never attempt anything more adventurous than the daily commute or school run but there are still plenty of people for whom a serious off-road vehicle is a necessity.

Mitsubishi says that this will be the newcomer’s ace card, with an unrivalled ability to tackle the sort of challenging terrain that will leave rivals stranded.

Costing from £37,775 to £39,775, it is also brimming with luxury kit and oodles of safety stuff.

Specifications initially are Shogun Sport 3 and Shogun Sport 4, with a noticeable absence of Sport 1 and 2, which may be cheaper alternatives to be added later.

Both versions will be equipped with an all-aluminium, 2.4-litre turbodiesel engine that produces 180bhp of power and 430Nm of torque combined with all-wheel drive and a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

On tarmac there is acceleration to 60mph in 11 seconds, a top speed of 112mph, emissions of 227g/km and official economy of 30mpg.

Mitsubishi’s Super Select II all-wheel drive system allows the driver to switch seamlessly between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive on all surfaces.

This maximises optimum efficiency in two-wheel drive on tarmac but creates extra grip for more demanding off-road conditions.

The standard specification also includes Hill Descent Control, Trailer Start Assist, Hill Start Assist and a dedicated off-road mode.

Inside there is seating for seven people, with up to 1,488 litres of cargo space with the rearmost seat folded. The entry-level Shogun Sport 3 gets leather upholstery, electrically-adjustable front seats, power folding mirrors, LED headlamps, tail lamps and driving lights, dual-zone climate control, reversing camera with rear parking sensors, keyless entry with push-button start, privacy glass and automatic headlamps and wipers.

Bluetooth connectivity with music streaming is also standard, as is the Smartphone Link Display Audio system that enables users to connect to apps or other features of their Apple or Android smartphone through the touchscreen or via voice control.

The Shogun Sport 4 adds heated front seats, the Mitsubishi Power Sound System with additional tweeters and a 510W amplifier, headlamp washers and a range of advanced safety and driver assistance systems.

These include Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Mitigation,  Blind Spot Warning, a 360-degree view camera and the Ultrasonic Mis-Acceleration Mitigation System.

This utilises front parking sensors to halt any accidental sudden acceleration when any obstacles are detected nearby.

As with the rest of the Mitsubishi range, the Shogun Sport comes with a five-year/62,500mile warranty.

Its arrival here in a few weeks follows the recent  arrival of the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, lining-up alongside the ASX, Outlander, L200 pick-up and the flagship standard Shogun models.

This gives Mitsubishi a particularly strong range among the agricultural and building communities, for whom strength, durability and superior grip are attractions.

Mitsubishi says that the Shogun Sport is expected to attract up to 4,000 UK buyers this year, which is slightly less than half that of the Outlander PHEV, which in turn could be eclipsed by the Eclipse in terms of sales before 2019.

Although the Shogun Sport is currently being offered as a diesel-only range, the Eclipse will come with a choice of diesel, petrol and hybrid alternatives in due course.