The Mitsubishi Shogun Sport will further expand the Japanese brand’s range of SUVs in 2018.
Mitsubishi intends to capitalise on the seeming unstoppable appetite for SUV models amongst the UK buying public by marketing a model it currently sells in Asia as the Pajero Sport. There are high hopes that the Shogun Sort will become one of the brand’s best sellers in the UK.
When it arrives early in the new year the newcomer will join the ASX, Outlander, L200 pickup and Shogun SUV models that the brand already sells, and the new Eclipse Cross model that Mitsubishi has already announced for a 2018 launch.
The seven-seater Shogun Sport uses the same platform as the L200 pickup and according to its creators will offer the same off-road ability as its Shogun sister – able to ‘comfortably negotiate the most demanding of terrain.’
Single engine option
Just one powertrain will be available – a 2.4-litre diesel with 180hp and 430Nm of torque on tap, the latter from 2500rpm. It will be mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission and Mitsubishi’s Super Select II all-wheel-drive system – this operates in two or four-wheel mode depending on conditions.
Hill descent, hill start and trailer start aids will further enhance the Shogun Sport’s go-anywhere specification, as will a dedicated off-road mode that allows the car’s setup to be selected according to the terrain.
Two specifications will be available from launch and standard equipment on both will include leather upholstery, keyless entry with push-button start, LED daytime running lights and the Mitsubishi Smartphone Link Display Audio (SDA) system with Apple or Android smartphone compatibility.
The range-topping models significantly increase the safety specification, adding a radar-guided forward collision alert, blind spot warning and a bird’s-eye view monitor the entire car using cameras at the front, rear and in the door mirrors.
Mitsubishi is yet to announce prices for the Shogun Sport – industry observers suggest it will start at around £26,000 – more expensive than the Outlander but less than the Shogun.