Mitsubishi Shogun 3.2 DI-DC Equippe - MITSUBISHI SHOGUN Car Review

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Added: 06 Mar 2008
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IN Japanese, Shogun means general or commander.

Mitsubishi's huge off-roader is definitely commanding and certainly one of the most recognisable of full-sized 4x4s.

Now in its fourth-generation, the Shogun, which went on sale this month, is a monster of a vehicle.

This particular version was the seven-seat, long wheel base entry level Equippe.

It makes no bones about what it represents, which is a well-equipped, reliable and cost-effective true off-road vehicle.

The square, muscular shape remains, but now more subtle headlamps are added and it sits on smart 17inch alloys, giving it an altogether more modern look.

The rear offers a side-hinged tailgate with externally mounted spare wheel, just to make reversing that little bit more challenging.

The new interior also features upgraded plastics and switchgear that give the car a more refined and sturdy feel than before.

Just climbing into the cabin can be a challenge, particularly for the elderly or infirm, such is the ground clearance on the vehicle.

But grab handles are provided for both front and rear seat passengers to help them haul themselves on board.

There has been many revisions to the new model including a new dash and changes to the interior.

Inside it is huge, with a commanding driving position, excellent headroom for all occupants and superb all round vision.

It is hugely versatile. The long wheelbase model offers the option of the 'Hike and Seat' third row of seating which conveniently folds away into the floor of the boot.

Otherwise, with the seats folded away, the boot area becomes huge, even if the loading level is quite high.

Performance comes of a 3.2-litre turbocharged diesel which pumps out 168bhp.

Mistubishi says it is more powerful, more fuel efficient and quieter than its predecessor.

Well, like most vehicles of this nature, it still drinks the fuel like a lager lout and is anything but the quietest engine in town.

It does deliver the power that is well suited to off-roading, but it is pulling quite a bit of weight which does affect performance and the manual five-speed box feels a bit notchy.

For off-roading, Super Select 4 II offers four driving modes - 2H rear-wheel drive, 4H full time four-wheel drive, 4HLc that locks up the centre differential, and 4LLC for extreme low ratio off-road work.

Despite the comfort of the interior, wind noise whistling round the door mirror and road noise is always present, but not to the point of discomfort.

Handling is decent enough for such a huge beast thanks to an uprated suspension and is surprisingly stable on corners.

Standard gear includes active stability and traction control, alarm and keyless entry, climate control, twin/side/curtain airbags, anti-lock, assisted braking, roof rails, electric windows and door mirrors. It has also achieved a four-star Euro-NCAP safety rating.

Since it made its debut in 1982, more than 2.5 million Shogun models have been sold worldwide.

The Shogun offers a four model line-up - the Equippe, Warrior and Elegance models as well as the new luxury top of the range Diamond range topper.

Prices range from £22,999 for the three-door Equippe model through to £35,449 for the five-door Diamond model.

Competitive prices, safer than ever and reliable, the Shogun has a loyal following.

The new model should ensure that continues.

FAST FACTS

Mitsubishi Shogun 3.2 DI-DC Equippe 5dr

Price: £26,499

Mechanical: 158bhp, 3,200cc, 4cyl diesel engine driving four wheels via 5spd manual gearbox

Max speed: 110mph

0-62mph: 12.5 secs

Combined mpg: 30.4

Insurance group: 13

CO2 emissions: 246g/km

BiK rating: 35%

Warranty: 3yrs/ unlimited mileage, 6yrs paint, 12yrs anti-rust

Words: Bill McCarthy

Keywords: MITSUBISHI, SHOGUN