Both commercial and passenger versions of the Mitsubishi Shogun will be discontinued in 2018, replaced by the Replacing it is the L200-based Shogun Sport.
The news will come as a bitter blow to the Shogun’s loyal fan base who view it as a tough and durable workhorse, but is the Sport a worthy successor?
Shogun Sport: Cabin and Interior
Asides from the excessive chrome on the dashboard and centre console, we definitely can’t knock the cab as it’s very spacious, provides great visibility and there’s plenty of useful storage spaces. From launch, commercial variants will only be available in the higher-spec ‘4’ trim which is finished with all the latest creature comforts.
Standard features include leather upholstery; electrically-adjustable and heated front seats; power-folding mirrors; LED headlamps, tail lamps and DRLs; dual-zone climate control; keyless entry with push-button start; privacy glass and automatic headlamps and wipers and headlamp washers.
Infotainment is provided by a Mitsubishi Power Sound System with additional tweeters and a 510W amplifier. Bluetooth and the Mitsubishi Smartphone Link Display Audio (SDA) system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility add to the model’s appeal to business users.
Shogun Sport: Ride and Handling
Under the bonnet is Mitsubishi’s relatively new, but already proven, 2.4-litre (2,442cc 4N15 MIVEC) engine, which is capable of producing up to 181bhp and 430Nm – exactly the same output as the higher-powered L200 pickup truck – and mated to an all-new 8-speed automatic.
The Shogun Sport is quite weighty (2,100kg unladen) so its not the most lively of vehicles, but the 8-speed auto – developed by Japanese transmission manufacturer Aisin – provides smooth and decisive gear shifts. It’s also impressively quiet; the engineers have made a good job of dampening out the noise and vibration from the engine and wheels, while the coil spring suspension at the rear cushions the harsh bumps and divots of everyday roads.
Shogun Sport: Loading and Towing
At the business end of the vehicle, the Shogun Sport Commercial is equally as impressive. The load area is accessed via the two side doors, the rear tailgate or between the front two seats, as there’s no bulkhead.
The load area measures 1,827mm long and 1,000mm between the wheel arches, meaning it can take a Euro Pallet lengthways. In terms of weights, there’s a 600kg payload and it can legally tow up to 3.1 tonnes. The rear windows are blacked-out for privacy and there’s a hard-wearing carpet floor, although there are no lashing points.
Shogun Sport: Off-Road
Mitsubishi is globally renowned for its off-road capabilities, and the Shogun Sport is no exception. It uses the same well-respected Super Select II system as the L200, which has four settings; 2H, 4H, 4HLc and 4LLc.
The shift-on-the-fly transfer case allows the driver to change from 2H, which powers just the rear wheels, to 4H (40:60 front to rear torque split) at speeds of up to 62mph on all surfaces. Meanwhile, 4HLc locks the centre diff, while the 4LLc lowers the gear ratio for even greater traction. In addition, the rear diff can also be locked thanks to a button at the bottom of the dashboard.
To complement this, Mitsubishi has also introduced a new ‘Terrain Control System’ which optimises the shift pattern, throttle input and traction control for four different terrain settings; gravel, rock, snow and mud, and sand.
We got to trial all of these systems during our test which, in conjunction with the optional BF Goodrich all-terrain tyres, ensured that we maintained traction and momentum. Our only criticism was of the hill descent control, which would take a while to cut in and, to compensate, would harshly apply the brakes.
Shogun Sport: Pricing and Availability
Prices and dates have yet to be announced, but it’s expected that the Mitsubishi Shogun Sport Commercial will be priced in or around the low £30,000’s, plus VAT, and that we can expect the first deliveries to take place towards the back end of 2018.
There are around 130 Mitsubishi dealerships in the UK, and service intervals are set at a fairly limited 12,500 miles or 12 months, but it is backed by a lengthy five-year/62,500 mile warranty.
Shogun Sport: Verdict
As with the L200, the Mitsubishi Shogun Sport Commercial combines rugged workhorse practicality with excellent value for money. While the towing capacity and performance may fall short of its competitors, there’s a lot of kit, it’s competitively priced, pleasant to drive and the four-wheel-drive system is second to none.