Mitsubishi Shogun Sport spotted in the UK
Already on sale in Asian markets, the new 4×4 looks set to arrive in the UK this year; previous-generation car axed in 2006
The new Mitsubishi Shogun Sport has been spotted in the UK ahead of the car’s launch in the UK before the end of the year.
According to UK managing director Lance Bradley, the car will launch in the UK ahead of 2017, and these latest shots of the car at Twickenham Stadium suggest that Mitsubishi, who sponsors English rugby, suggesting that the company is readying the model for the UK market, trying to drum up interest. It was spotted by Indianautosblog.
Introduced to Asian markets last year, badged as the Pajero Sport, Mitsubishi is now working on UK-spec homologation ahead of its expected on-sale date of November. It’s due to be priced between the Outlander and Shogun, meaning it should cost from around £26,000. The car which was spotted still bore Pajero badging at the rear, but the Shogun Sport name on its number plate.
According to Bradley, the introduction of the Shogun Sport would increase Mitsubishi’s annual sales by 10-15%, or 3000-4000 cars. “It will increase our sales quite a lot if we get it,” he said. “It looks fantastic and it’s really torquey.”
The Shogun Sport, which is based on the L200’s platform, has a 2.4-litre diesel engine that develops 179bhp and 317lb ft. This is mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission and Mitsubishi’s Super Select 4WD II four-wheel drive system, which can operate in either two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive mode.
The previous-generation Shogun Sport model was last seen in UK showrooms in 2006, before being discontinued.
Meanwhile, the fifth-generation Shogun, which will be available as a plug-in hybrid, is expected by 2019. “The Shogun is slightly hard to justify for investment, being a small-volume car,” said Bradley.
He added that one of the advantages of Mitsubishi’s newly formed tie-up with Nissan was platform sharing, hinting that this would help to accommodate the next-generation Shogun.