Mitsubishi Shogun
Mitsubishi Shogun

It produces 168bhp at 3,800rpm and 373Nm at 2,000rpm in vehicles with the 5-speed automatic gearbox, where it is helped by a variable geometry, turbo charger and includes a DPF, Diesel Particulate Filter. When the engine is mated to the 5-speed manual ‘box, the peak power and torque figures change to 158bhp and 381Nm at the same, relative points on the rev’ range.

Naturally, the 3-door version is quicker of the mark than the larger 5-door, but not by a great deal. The 0-62 dash is completed by the manual LWB car in 12.5 seconds and the auto’ takes 12.9 seconds while both body styles and transmissions have a top speed of 110mph.

Two of the four trims are offered with a choice between the auto with ‘Sport Mode’ sequential shift or the manual ‘box, while the warrior and Diamond just have the automatic transmission. Next to the gearshift is the lever for the Mitsubishi Super Select 4 II, transfer box for the AWC all-wheel control system. There are four modes; 2H, 4H - full time 4WD, 4HLc, which locks the centre differential and 4LLc for extreme off-roading conditions, where the Shogun is very capable as the Paris-Dakar wins bear out.

The new, stiffer chassis and uprated suspension systems combine to reduce body roll when driven con gusto, at the same improving the feel of the steering and offering a good compromise between off-road ability and on-road agility. That said, at slow speed it does tend to lumber a tad but once moving, it handles well and is surprisingly agile for what a friend described as a ‘big bus’.

For sure, it is bigger than it used to be, it even has a small step to make it easier for rear passengers to get in but the torque takes care of overcoming the inertia and is still present at the other end of the scale, for quick and safe motorway overtakes.

Fuel economy is a growing concern these days, for many reasons and the figures for the test car are not exceptional at 21.6mpg for the urban cycle, 31.0mpg for the extra-urban and 26.7mpg for the combined with 280g/km, CO2 escaping the exhaust pipe.

The new Shogun is never going to win any beauty contests but neither is it the ugliest car on the road. However, it does remain extremely capable and stuffed with a lot of goodies and features for the money, so watch out, Land Cruiser and Pathfinder.

Published : 18/06/08 Author : Melanie Carter

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