Shogun 3.2 DI-DC Elegance Automatic 5-door
Shogun is known,
used and liked all over the world.
In its latest incarnation it is as
as it is skilled off-road, and
as competent transporting people
(up to 7) as it is carrying cargo...
CLIMB ABOARD THE LATEST MITSUBISHI SHOGUN and it's very easy to forget
that it's an extremely capable off-roader. Outside it looks big and square
but inside the five-door LWB model it's just big. Surprisingly, once
behind the wheel, even first-timers don't find it intimidating
the high-set, commanding driving position and large glass areas make for excellent
all-round visibility and quickly dispel any worries about placing the square-jawed,
4.9-metre-long Shogun accurately on the road.
This latest model's more urbane styling still displays several 'authentic 4x4'
cues: bold wheelarches with big wheels and tyres (265/60, 18-inch 9-spoke alloys
wrapped in Dunlop all-terrain rubber), deep 'body-armour' side cladding and
a high ground clearance underscored by an imposing, tough can-do stance.
Climb aboard you do, literally, but side steps and big doors make it
easy and you'll find yourself sitting in a smart cabin. The dash is deep
and uncluttered, with all controls exactly where you'd expect to find them.
Large central air vents deliver a good flow of chilled or warmed air from the
effective climate control system. The leather-wrapped steering wheel's meaty
rim feels good to the grip; three sides of the boss carry remote controls for
the cruise, audio and telephone, all with sensibly large buttons.
well-considered details include deep sun visors that extend sideways to cover
the area behind the rear-view mirror and even the large tilt 'n' slide electric
sunroof features fail-safe one-shot controls. The rev-counter incorporates a
display showing the currently selected gear and about the only criticism one
might make is that the speedometer is calibrated (as are quite a number these
days) in 20mph increments 10mph is much clearer in today's 'slow down'
satisfying feel of real
substance about it
this Shogun, you just
know, is a vehicle
that will take you almost
anywhere. Safely and
reliably. In a word,
it feels bulletproof...
Between the rev-counter and speedometer dials is a display icon showing the
four wheels and diff lock of the selectable all-wheel drive, and clearly indicating
the status quo. The tiptronic auto's gate is straightforward, with the manual
override gate to the left: if used, tapping the lever forward takes you up a
gear; back takes you down.
The equipment tally on the £34,999 Elegance model (one down from the range-capping
Diamond) is undeniably comprehensive and includes a seven-inch colour touch-screen
display that controls the integrated 30GB hard disk drive satellite navigation
and music system, an 860W, 12-speaker Rockford Fosgate premium sound system,
iPod integration, Bluetooth, leather seats (seven of them), auto-dimming rear-view
mirror, fully automatic climate control (with rear A/C), large powered sunroof,
cruise control, two-stage heated front seats, reversing camera (in addition
to rear parking sensors), electronic compass, barometer and altimeter, privacy
glass, power windows (all four are auto one-shot up and down) and power-fold
door mirrors, keyless entry and 18-inch alloys. Out of sight but nevertheless
much appreciated is an active stability and traction control system along with
a full tally of airbags.
The leather seats are supportive and are surrounded by lots of space in all
directions. They're also set well off the floor; good news for leg comfort.
The footwells are large, so driving in all-terrain boots is not an issue. Knee-room
is also good particularly appreciated when the going gets bumpy off-road.
And although the steering wheel only has tilt/height adjustment, it's not a
problem. The driver also benefits from power-adjustable lumbar support and there's
a reversing camera to make parking and manoeuvring in tight places as easy as
it can be.
The 'stadium' back seats (set six inches higher than those in front) are well-shaped
to match the front pair. Better still, the backrests of each side of the 60:40
split rear seats adjust through a large range; in fact, they go all the way
to completely flat for sleeping! They also tumble forward in two easy movements,
creating a huge 1,790-litre load area. Rear passengers also enjoy their own
A/C temp and fan controls plus overhead air vents and a large centre armrest
and, courtesy of the deep glasshouse, first class views out.
third-row, two-seater 'Fold2Hide' bench seat folds away into the floor; pull
the lever and it jumps up, complete with integrated headrests, to make the Shogun
a full seven-seater.
backrests of each side
of the 60:40 split rear
seats adjust through
a large range;
in fact, they go all the
way to completely flat
These rearmost two seats offer almost as much head and shoulder space as in
the front two rows, and we fitted in two adults for short trips. Use the third
row, however, and boot space is reduced to 215 litres. Third row side windows,
incidentally, are of the push-out, side-hinged kind and provide fresh air without
unwanted draughts or buffeting.
At the tail, a full-width, side-hinged back door opens on the near-side, so
it's perfect for UK roads/pavements and makes for practical and easy loading
and unloading. Another nice touch: on windy days the rear door can be locked
open. And, freeing-up inner space, the full-size spare wheel is mounted externally.
All Shoguns (three- and five-door versions) come with the same engine under
the bonnet: a cleaner, more efficient 3.2-litre four-pot DI-DC direct injection
turbodiesel unit with increased power and torque. Brake horsepower is now 197bhp
(up from 168bhp) and torque is a muscular 325lb ft (up from 275lb ft). Excellent
news not only when it comes to towing but off-road too, where torque is unquestionably
On first acquaintance it sounds a tad vocal not wholly surprising given
the 3.2-litre displacement in a four-cylinder block. So while the engine isn't
as quiet as a mouse, it is reasonably refined and you quickly get used to it
all part of the Shogun's honest and reliable character.
The auto 'box a five-speed tiptronic type with a sequential Sports mode
is pretty slick and eager and, coupled with 325lb ft of torque from 2,000rpm,
serves up a strong stream of smoothly delivered overtaking urge with brawny
mid-range response. On motorways, it makes for refined high-speed cruising.
Top speed of the LWB Shogun is 111mph and it gets to 62mph in 11.1 seconds
nothing wrong with that, especially considering its sturdy construction and
2,275kg kerb weight.
Fuel consumption from this much 'greener' Shogun is about what you'd expect:
officially, the combined cycle figure is 33.2mpg a week's hard driving
saw a consistent 27.4mpg and most owners would not have a problem with that.
For the record, CO2 emissions are 224g/km for the auto and 212g/km for the manual
robust monocoque chassis with built-in ladder frame ensures that the Shogun
is more than able when it comes to hardcore off-roading in fact, many
off-road enthusiasts consider them brilliantly capable in the rough. For most
everyday owners, the fact that it's equally competent on road in bad road conditions
will be enough.
a tiptronic type with a
sequential Sports mode
is pretty slick
and eager; coupled with
325lb ft of torque
it serves up a strong
stream of smoothly
delivered overtaking urge...
Whatever your driving needs, the Shogun can accommodate them because all models
feature selectable all-wheel drive: you can choose between high ratio rear-wheel
drive (2H), high ratio full-time four-wheel drive (4H), high ratio four-wheel
drive with 'locked' centre differential (4HLC) and low-ratio four-wheel drive
with centre differential lock-up for extreme off-road work (4LLC). Changes are
made using the foolproof and simple-to-operate small leather-trimmed transfer
lever sited alongside the main selector.
The Shogun is confident enough to make no pretence of being anything other than
what it is a rather classy, go-anywhere off-roader that just happens
to have decent on-road ability as well. There's a deeply satisfying feel of
real substance about it this Shogun, you just know, is a vehicle that
will take you almost anywhere. Safely and reliably. In a word, it feels bulletproof.
And well mannered too; with strong brakes (vented discs all-round with hefty
callipers) and positive steering. It's easy to drive and with its comfortable
ride, it really is a relaxing vehicle in which to travel.
Another big 'pull' for prospective Shogun owners will be its towing capacity:
a braked 3,500kg. In other words, it can pull just about anything most people
will ever need to tow. All in all, it's not hard to see its enduring appeal
and understand why 7 out of 10 Shogun owners trade in their old one for
a new one.
With prices ranging from £26,499 to £37,999, the Shogun offers a lot for the
money including an exceedingly well equipped cabin, a versatile interior (up
to seven seats / excellent load space) and genuine 4x4 off-road capability.
And it feels like it's built to last forever. MotorBar
Mitsubishi Shogun 3.2 DI-DC Elegance Automatic 5-door | £34,999
Maximum speed: 111mph | 0-62mph: 11.1 seconds | Overall test MPG: 27.4mpg
Power: 197bhp | Torque: 325lb ft | CO2 224g/km