SHOGUN SHOWDOWN: NEW SPORT AIMS TO STORM THE SUV MAR­KET

Mit­subishi‘s Shogun Sport is now on sale. It’s smaller than full-size Shogun, but draws in­spi­ra­tion from its fa­mous 4x4 big brother

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WHAT’S NEW?

Mit­subishi has launched the Shogun Sport into the mid-sized SUV mar­ket­place, hop­ing to cap­i­talise both on the fa­mous Shogun name, and also a gap in its 4x4 line-up.

The man­u­fac­turer says the Sport is its most ad­vanced and ca­pa­ble full-size SUV ever, and says it is now the brand’s flag­ship off-road ve­hi­cle.

Com­peti­tors in­clude the Kia Sor­rento, Hyundai Santa Fe and the Land Rover Discovery Sport.

The Shogun Sport sits be­tween the Out­lander and the Shogun it­self in the com­pany’s range.

The ven­er­a­ble Shogun is a cham­pion of 4x4s, a rugged and ca­pa­ble go-any­where mud-plug­ger and trailer-puller, and the Sport aims to be its ath­letic younger brother.

Much as Land Rover did with its suc­cess­ful Discovery Sport and Range Rover Sport ven­tures, Mit­subishi is hop­ing the Shogun Sport will re­vive in­ter­est in new au­di­ences and new mar­kets.

It fol­lows on the heels off the Jan­uary ar­rival of the Eclipse Cross, a com­pact SUV.

These are ex­cit­ing times for Mit­subishi; the Eclipse Cross is its first ven­ture into the highly-com­pet­i­tive smaller SUV mar­ket, go­ing up against sure-footed ri­vals like the Nis­san Qashqai. The Eclipse Cross im­pressed with the qual­ity of its cabin.

LOOKS AND DE­SIGN

Based on the plat­form of the new L200 pick-up, the Sport looks like what it is: a big mid-sized SUV, with seven seats, a large boot and large over­hangs too.

It’s a well-hewn beast, hand­some from the front and sides in a rugged sort of way, and it has plenty of pur­pose in its squat, mus­cu­lar stance.

But you’ll no­tice a more modern, re­fined ex­te­rior than the Shogun, with de­sign cues from the Eclipse Cross.

This trans­fers to the cabin, which is con­sid­er­ably more modern than pre­vi­ous Shoguns.

EN­GINES AND TRIM LEV­ELS

This is a car that has ex­cel­lent 4x4 abil­ity, and will mix it with the best in any ter­rain. It is also an ex­cel­lent load-lug­ger with a tow­ing ca­pac­ity of 3,100kgs.

The new car is of­fered in two trims: Shogun Sport 3 and Shogun Sport 4.

Both ver­sions will be equipped with an all-alu­minium, 2.4-litre tur­bod­iesel en­gine that pro­duces 181hp and 430Nm of torque com- bined with Mit­subishi’s Super Se­lect II all-wheel drive sys­tem and an all-new, eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

The Super Se­lect II all-wheel drive sys­tem al­lows the driver to switch be­tween 2WD and 4WD on all ter­rains.

What this means in prac­tice is that on the road drivers can max out on en­gine ef­fi­ciency in 2WD mode, but can switch to 4WD when tow­ing or in ice, mud and snow. Since most jour­neys will be on tar­mac, this en­sures fuel ef­fi­ciency.

STAN­DARD EQUIP­MENT

Stan­dard spec in­cludes Hill De­scent Con­trol, Trailer Start As­sist (TSA), Hill Start As­sist (HSA) and a ded­i­cated off-road mode.

As well as seven seats, you can con­fig­ure up to 1,488-litres of space (with rear seats down).

In the en­try-level Sport 3, you’ll find leather up­hol­stery, elec­tri­cally-ad­justable front seats, power fold­ing mir­rors, LED lights, re­vers­ing cam­era with rear park­ing sen­sors, key­less en­try and pri­vacy glass.

Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity with mu­sic stream­ing is also stan­dard, as is a Smart­phone Link Dis­play Au­dio (SDA) sys­tem which al­lows users to con­nect to apps or other fea­tures of their Ap­ple or An­droid

“The Shogun Sport is a well­hewn beast, hand­some from the front and sides in a rugged sort of way, and it has plenty of pur­pose in its squat, mus­cu­lar stance.”

smart­phone through the touch­screen or via voice con­trol.

HIGHER TRIM

Priced from £39k on the road, the Shogun Sport 4 adds a bunch of ex­tras in­clud­ing heated front seats; the Mit­subishi Power Sound Sys­tem with ad­di­tional tweet­ers and a 510W am­pli­fier; head­lamp wash­ers and Mit­subishi Mo­tors’ most ad­vanced safety and driver as­sis­tance sys­tems in­clud­ing Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol (ACC).

There’s also For­ward Col­li­sion Mit­i­ga­tion (FCM), which uses radars in the front grille to judge whether there is risk of a col­li­sion with the ve­hi­cle in front, Blind Spot Warn­ing (BSW), a 360˚ view cam­era and the Ul­tra­sonic Mis-ac­cel­er­a­tion Mit­i­ga­tion Sys­tem (UMS) which utilises front park­ing sen­sors to halt any acci- den­tal sud­den ac­cel­er­a­tion when any ob­sta­cles are de­tected nearby.

CHOOSE YOUR COLOURS

There’s a limited num­ber of paint jobs: all Shogun Sport vari­ants are avail­able in three metal­lic shades – Deep Bronze, At­lantic Grey and Ster­ling Sil­ver – plus pearles­cent Im­pe­rial Red and solid Po­lar White. Cos­mos Black pearles­cent paint is also ex­clu­sive to the top-of-the-range ver­sion.

WHO WOULD BUY ONE?

Fam­i­lies, peo­ple who need seven seats, any­one with ter­rain or tow­ing re­quire­ments or peo­ple with ac­tive out­door life­styles.

As with the rest of the Mit­subishi range, you get a fiveyear/62,500 mile war­ranty.

The all-new Shogun Sport goes on sale in the spring, priced from £37k on the road.

“The ven­er­a­ble Shogun is a cham­pion of 4x4s, a rugged and ca­pa­ble go-any­where mud-plug­ger and trailer-puller, and the Sport aims to be its ath­letic younger brother.”

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