Mitsubishi can now offer its customers the ideal way to beat the London congestion charges with its new LPG Shogun Sport.
While many commuters are facing the prospect of finding other ways to reach the centre of the capital – or fork out to meet the new fee – from 17 February, Mitsubishi has the ideal solution which won’t mean taking to a bike or purchasing a vehicle that looks more at home in a sci-fi movie.
The latest version of Mitsubishi’s 3 litre V6 Shogun Sport takes advantage of the much cheaper Liquid Petroleum Gas and promises to make travelling to the city a lot less stressful and costly.
London commuters driving LPG vehicles will be exempt from the £5 congestion charge and they may not be the only people to benefit as proposals are under way for 33 cities around the UK to introduce LEZ’s (Low Emission Zones).
The Shogun Sport LPG has a 100% discount from congestion charges because it meets the lowest banded emission level of CO2. Customers will also be able to recover 60% of the LPG equipment and installation costs, which will leave the customer paying in the region of £950 plus VAT. In addition the Shogun Sport has a 90 litre under floor LPG tank that currently can be filled for £35. The same volume amount of petrol costs £69. The 3-year warranty remains unchanged.
A spokesperson for Mitsubishi said: "We are believed to be the first manufacturer to offer an LPG four-wheel drive vehicle and we are convinced that there is a demand for them. This offers commuters to London the ideal way of meeting the regulations, lowering their travel costs without having to sacrifice their preferred mode of transport."
"It is also apparent that the new LPG version of the Shogun Sport will ensure that the driver is all set for the future where air quality is a high priority in around our towns and cities. And while meeting these essential standards they can also be saving money."
That also goes for company car drivers looking to reduce their monthly tax bills following the introduction of CO2 emission-based calculations last year.
And while the case for LPG conversions and LPG vehicles is growing, there is a similar increase in LPG supply points, which is no longer seen to be a drawback in owning and driving an LPG vehicle. The number of forecourts selling LPG in the UK is over 1,200 outlets with another 200 expected this year.
Mitsubishi’s Shogun Sport is designed to meet the demand for a sporty and comfortable SUV with the ability to seat five people, accommodate their luggage and adapt for all lifestyle or business travel purposes. LPG in the city, petrol in the country.
It is designed to suit those who use a car during the week for work but need a sports utility vehicle at weekends – eliminating the need for a second car.
The Shogun Sport range starts at £18,995 on the road for the entry-level 2.5 Turbo Diesel Classic and moves up to £21,995 for the 3.0 V6 Equippe with the top of the range 3.0 V6 Animal priced at £24,495.Published 16 February 2003