the Mitsubishi L200 pick-up and Mitsubishi Outlander are proof that the company has got it and continues to get it right
Despite being the LWB version, the test Mitsubishi Shogun has approach and departure angles of 36.6- and 25.0 degrees respectively. It has a wading depth of 700mm, which gives an indication of how high the driver sits. The Mitsubishi Shogun also has a type of hill descent control called EBAC, which stands for Engine Brake Assist Control. It does as the name suggests when it detects a wheel is losing grip but only comes into play in low range and first gear.
Before we get back to the day-to-day practicalities, there are a couple more safety systems worthy of mention. Apart from the normal ABS with EBD, every Mitsubishi Shogun comes with Active Stability and Traction Control (ASTC) along with front, side and curtain airbags. In the event of an accident, brake, clutch pedals and steering shaft all deform.
Of course these precautions are just as valid on road, where the Mitsubishi Shogun shows that it can be a well appointed motorway cruiser and equally as happy on country lanes. However, it has to be said that it can feel a little cumbersome at times, as some of the things that make it great off road make their presence felt when you get back to normality.
For shopping trips and general load-lugging the LWB Mitsubishi Shogun has a maximum capacity of 1,790-litres and a high-level load floor, under which are hidden two extra seats. These 'Fold2Hide' seats are fully fitted with integrated headrests and seatbelts and, because of the tall boxy shape of the car, there is plenty of headroom.
The three rear seats have a 60:40 split and fold function and when they are occupied, there is plenty of legroom for adults to ride in comfort. The centre seatback drops down to form an armrest, complete with two pop-up cupholders, while the two-tier armrest at the front has a deep lower section large enough to carry a good few CD cases.
Luxurious leather and comfortable seats are the order of the day but the interior is not overstated; just enough to indulge the senses but still remain practical.
The centre console is dominated by the touch screen and climate controls and above this is a digital display with compass, barometer and altimeter readouts. This is a standard feature, as are the electric windows and mirrors. Warrior adds the reversing camera, leather-covered seats, steering wheel and gearknob, as well as powered and heated front seats and 18-inch alloys.
Over this, the Mitsubishi Shogun Elegance has a large, powered sunroof, headlight washers, rear air-conditioning and rear parking sensors, while Diamond adds larger, 20-inch alloys, Titanium-effect mirror casings, door handles and headlight surrounds, amongst other things.
Mitsubishi has a wealth of knowledge of 4x4 technologies behind it and the Shogun, along with the Mitsubishi L200 pick-up and Mitsubishi Outlander are proof that the company has got it and continues to get it right - that's if the 12 Paris-Dakar wins haven't already proved the point.16 July 2009
Mitsubishi Shogun Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Mitsubishi Shogun 3.2 LWB Elegance|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||12.9 seconds|
|Top Speed||110 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||35.3 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 years / Unlimited miles|
|Price (when tested on the 16/07/09)||£31,349|