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Anything Land Rover can do … Mitsubishi launches the new Shogun Sport

By Paul Connolly

Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi has revealed pricing for its new seven-seater Shogun Sport model.

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.

Mitsubishi is overhauling its product range and the new car will sit between the Outlander and standard Shogun in the suite of models.

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

The all-new Shogun Sport goes on sale in the spring, priced from £36,905 on the road.

It follows on the heels off the January arrival of the Eclipse Cross, a compact SUV, and sits between the Outlander mid-size SUV and the large Shogun 4x4 itself.

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.

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In some respects the company is taking a leaf from Jaguar-Land Rover’s successful playbook; the creation of the Shogun Sport has echoes of the stories of the Range Rover Sport and Land Rover Discovery.

The new car will be offered in two trim levels: 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 combined 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 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) .

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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 smartphone through the touchscreen or via voice control.

Priced from £38,905, 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 accidental sudden acceleration when any obstacles are detected nearby.

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.

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

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