The 2003 Shoguns all benefit from the newly designed digital centre display which shows external temperature, air conditioner airflow direction, date, time as well as audio and RDS information.
As a counterpart to up to 15 external colours, three new seat upholstery patterns are now available including a black leather option.
Seats were made wider and taller with the introduction of the third generation Shogun in 2000, and front seats have slide and recline functions as with any passenger car, while the 3-door variant models have a front passenger seat which is fitted with a walk-in system that tilts and slides the seat allowing easy access for rear passengers.
Large window areas provide excellent driver and passenger visibility, and the Shogun has a tilt adjustable steering column, height-adjustable front seat belts and adjustable driver’s seat (electric on 5-door petrol models), to ensure a comfortable driving position.
The second row seating for both models has a 60:40 split maximising seating and load capacity so, by tumbling or folding forward the smaller seat, it allows for the carrying of long items while still maintaining seating for 4 people.
The 3-door model has armrests with cup holders built into the outer portions of the seatbacks, and the 5-door model’s armrest with two cup holders can be pulled down from the centre portion of the seatback. The first two rows of seats all fold completely flat for a comfortable sleeping area.
The 5-door Shogun was the first off-road vehicle to offer seven seats as standard and all those seats are equipped with adjustable headrests and the front and 2nd row seats have recline adjusters. The third row seat design provides for an all-important safe, forward seating position for two passengers, and can be folded completely away in an under floor compartment or removed altogether. The tailgates are equipped with a tailgate pocket to store the rear headrests.
Standard on all 5-door models is a ‘roller-blind’ load area cover for added security, and a spacious under floor compartment, made possible in part by the elimination of the ladder frame and which can be used for storage once the third row seat is removed. All 3-door models have a tonneau cover for the rear load area.
Other numerous storage compartments include an upper glove box, a huge lockable lower glove box and upper and lower console boxes. The large floor console box between the front driver and passenger seat has a lid that serves as a centre armrest which slides to match the seat position. It also opens to the rear to reveal a lower box and an upper tray that clips to the lid.
The large centre console between the driver and passenger houses the gear lever, 4WD transfer and hand brake and the centre display. A navigation system can be added to this facility.
Safety has been enhanced for 2003 with the introduction of front passenger airbags as standard across the range in addition to the standard anti-trapping electric windows and modified glass in the tilt and sliding sunroof which complies with EU regulations.
Colour-keyed illuminated side steps not only enhance the external appearance of the Shogun, but also increase the personal safety of drivers and passengers when climbing in and out of the vehicle.
The Shogun’s monocoque body with built-in frame provides a highly rigid cabin structure and impact-absorbing crushable zones.
The cabin frame is reinforced with strong side sills and floor side-members and the transmission cross-member, rear chassis frame and side door impact bars further reduce cabin deformation in a collision.
Unlike other 4-wheel drive vehicles, the Shogun’s CFRP (carbon fibre-reinforced plastic) propeller shaft is designed to fracture in a major collision so it cannot penetrate the passenger compartment. This collapsible propeller shaft also enables the fuel tank to be made 20kg lighter as penetration of the fuel tank by the prop-shaft cannot happen. The resin-covered fuel tank is located between the axles for added protection.
SRS front side airbags are fitted as standard for the driver and front passenger while all seats have 3-point ELR (Emergency Locking Retractor) seatbelts and headrests. Second row seatbelts also incorporate an ALR (Automatic Locking Retractor) function for the secure installation of child safety seats.
Modifications for 2003 have given all Shoguns a standard central door-locking system – including the tailgate. Shields are now placed within the doors to stop thieves tampering with the door locking and window mechanisms. All Shoguns are fitted with an immobiliser within the engine control unit (ECU) and an alarm is also fitted as standard. Only the recognized ignition key specific to that vehicle’s ECU code will allow the vehicle to be started.
Mitsubishi’s Diamond Option Pack is available on all Classic and Equippe models and allows Shogun owners to tailor vehicles to meet their own needs. The Pack starts at £2,150 and includes full leather seat trim, wood dash and window switch panel trim, stainless steel spare wheel cover and a 10-CD autochanger, the latter item being an upgrade for Classic models compared to 2001 models.
A full range of more than 100 body style accessories, interior trim items and various lifestyle accessories are available to compliment the standard specification.
In keeping with Mitsubishi’s tradition of after-sales service, the Shogun comes with a comprehensive warranty package, a 3-year Unlimited Mileage Warranty, a 3-year Pan European Recovery Service and a 6-year Anti-Corrosion Perforation warranty.Published 22 December 2002