Mitsubishi Motors' latest model-year Shogun is set to be available in the United Kingdom starting this week. It draws on the company’s classic off-roading status symbol that fuses genuine four-wheel drive capability of going anywhere as well as daring, muscular styling. It now includes a Euro V compliant turbo diesel engine. Moreover, it offers a selection of three door short-wheel base or five door long-wheel base variants.
Similar to its forerunner, the Mitsubishi Shogun is instantly identified by its remodeled bold front grille -- integrating an upright windscreen, a short front overhang, flared wheel-arches, rear-mounted spare wheel and strong high flanks -- all major Shogun styling cues that emphasize its tough, genuine, off-road capability.
Aside from the three and five door selections, Shogun purchasers can have a selection of a four model line-up - the SG2, SG3, SG4 as well as the familiar Warrior which, with regards to standards, will be placed higher than the SG2.
As usual, the Shogun is available with a range of regular safety and high-end equipment. Along with the refurbished front grille, all variations will gain from new 18-inch alloy wheels.
The new Mitsubishi Pajero comes in long 7-seat and short 5-seat versions to cater to a greater range of customer tastes and requirements.
A 3.2-litre common-rail direct injection diesel engine powers the Pajero diesel versions. Compliant with Euro-4 emissions standards, it creates 15% less noise compared to its predecessor. Power outputs are 125kW (170 PS) / 373 Nm for the A/T models and 118kW (160 PS) / 381 Nm) for the M/Ts. The petrol models use a 3.8-liter V6 SOHC MIVEC engine that produces up to 250 PS of power.
New Pajeros come with 5-speed manual or INVECS-II 5-speed automatic transmission configurations.
The well-praised electronically-controlled Super Select 4WD-II driveline is also implemented on the new Pajeros, as in its predecessor, to maintain its outstanding off-road capabilities. Four drive mode options are available for the driver to coordinate terrain conditions with his preferences. These are the 2H 2WD mode and three 4WD modes (4H, 4HLc and 4LLc).
New Pajeros also feature an improved Active Traction & Stability Control (ATSC) system. This optimises drive and braking force on each wheel independently, to enhance responsiveness and stability on off-roads. However, it now cooperates with a rear differential lock to further enhance performance over unpaved surfaces.
The independent double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension configuration has been kept for the new Pajero. Implementation of varying spring constants and overall suspension tuning result in at least 25% less roll, resulting in better stability and responsiveness at any speed, as well as a more comfortable flat ride.
7-seat models have a third row of foldable seats – the same well-loved feature on the preceding Pajero. The head restraints can also be stored under the floor.