Five reasons why the Shogun Sport is your perfect country car
This rugged SUV offers versatility on and off the beaten track
Our hectic lifestyles demand practicality and versatility from our cars, and never more so than for those of us that live in the country and have to deal with a variety of terrain on a day-to-day basis.
Mitsubishi’s rugged Shogun Sport is an SUV with impressive off-road ability, coupled with specs and features that will make your journey easier wherever it takes you and your family. Here are five great reasons to consider the Shogun Sport:
1. Off-road excellence
Built on the foundations of the award-winning Mitsubishi L200 pick-up truck, the Shogun Sport has been designed from the ground up to take on difficult terrain with ease. Its 2.4-litre diesel engine delivers a solid 430Nm of torque at 2,500rpm and the Super Select 4WD-II mode lets you switch smoothly between two- and four-wheel-drive settings. It can also switch between high and low range gearboxes and lock the differentials, and features a terrain selection system that allows you to choose between gravel, mud and snow, sand or rock modes that optimise your engine and braking performance to suit your driving conditions.
Its 218mm of ground clearance means that you can confidently tackle uneven terrain, and a wading depth of 700mm lets you ford streams with ease. You can be confident that the Shogun Sport can tackle the harshest conditions and keep you under control on the road and off.
2. Everyday practicality
The Shogun Sport comes fully equipped with technology and features to make it a practical car to drive both on and off road on a day-to-day basis. Every model includes dual-zone climate control, leather seats and generous head and legroom to keep you and your passengers comfortable on everything from short, everyday trips to longer outings, as well as a reversing camera fitted as standard to help you remain fully aware of your surroundings.
You can access information and entertainment through the seven-inch touchscreen display, and access your phone and any essential apps via Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto*. The top specification 4 Auto model also adds electrically-operated, heated front seats and a boosted audio system with 510-watts of power into the mix.
While the Shogun Sport’s four-wheel drive system gives maximum traction in all situations, you can easily switch to rear-wheel-drive mode to prioritise fuel economy during journeys on country lanes and motorways alike. The automatic gearbox shifts gears smoothly, and has a high ratio that is ideal for motorway cruising. Its increased ride height and tall stance gives excellent visibility so you can see what’s coming further down the road.
3. Generous space
The Shogun Sport features a large and flexible interior ideal for everything from quick visits to the shops and school drop-offs to road trips and holidays that require heavy duty gear like tents or surfboards. The seven seats can be arranged in a variety of layouts depending on your transportation needs, offering up to 1,488-litres of storage room when all five back seats are collapsed, plus roof rails to extend transportation capacity even further. A generous boot aperture means loading is easy, whatever you’re transporting.
For purely business purposes, you may want to consider the Shogun Sport Commercial model. This features driver and front passenger seats only, leaving the rest of the sizeable space free for transporting equipment, tools and other heavy payloads.
4. Towing power
The Shogun Sport features an impressive towing capacity that makes it ideal for rural living and working and outdoor activities of all kinds. It can accommodate a braked trailer of up to 3,100kg, making it an ideal choice for caravan and trailer owners, or if you have a job or hobby that requires the transportation of any heavy kit.
The Shogun Sport’s towing abilities are bolstered by Trailer Stability Assist, which is included with all versions of the car and automatically controls engine power and the braking force at each wheel to stabilise the vehicle and trailer if any swing is detected in the trailer.
5. Safety first
The Shogun Sport comes with a package of safety features so that you can feel secure getting out and about wherever your journey takes you and your family. These include Active Stability Control with Traction Control, Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, reversing camera and rear parking sensors. The aforementioned enhanced visibility afforded by the car helps to boost your awareness of obstacles and potential dangers.
The 4 Auto model adds even more safety systems, including Forward Collision Mitigation system, Blind Spot Warning, Ultrasonic Misaccelearation Mitigation System, front parking sensors and a 360-degree camera.
Want to know more? Watch the driving film above to take a closer look at the Shogun Sport in action and learn more about its features.
*Apple CarPlay is a trademark of Apple Inc, registered in the US and other countries. Android is a trademark of Google LLC.
Fuel economy figures for the Mitsubishi Shogun Sport / MPG (l/100km): Urban 27.2 (10.4), extra-urban 37.2 (7.6), combined 32.8 (8.6) / ** CO₂ emissions: 227 g/km.
Figures shown are for comparability purposes. Only compare fuel consumption and CO₂ figures with other cars tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results, which will depend upon a number of factors including the accessories fitted (post-registration), variations in weather, driving styles and vehicle load.
**There is a new test for fuel consumption and CO₂ figures. The figures shown however were achieved using the outgoing test procedure. Shogun Sport air conditioning system contains fluorinated greenhouse gases. Chemical name: HFC-134a. Pre-chased weight: 0.79kg. Global-warming potential ratio: 1430. Converted CO₂ weight: 1.13t