2018 Mitsubishi Shogun Sport prices, engines and on-sale date

The seven-seat Mitsubishi Shogun Sport arrives in July to take on the Skoda Kodiaq

Mitsubishi's all-new Shogun Sport will hit British showrooms in July, with prices starting from £37,775. After a 10-year absence, the name is returning to fill a gap between the Mitsubishi Outlander and Mitsubishi Shogun in the Japanese brand's UK line-up. With more than a hint of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SUV in its style, the larger Shogun Sport boasts seven seats and four-wheel drive as standard.

The rugged model will give demanding families an alternative to models including the Skoda Kodiaq, Land Rover Discovery Sport and Hyundai Santa Fe, and should be equally at home outside Tesco or traversing sand dunes.

New Mitsubishi Shogun Sport design

It's a tough SUV, but much of the Sport’s design has been informed by airflow - namely, reducing drag as much as possible. That’s why the rear wings taper inwards, giving the back back of the Mitsubishi its unique look in a packed class. Its ‘Dynamic Shield’ corporate identity is familiar from the Eclipse Cross, but LED headlamps and daytime running lights show this is the most modern Mitsubishi yet.

Finishing touches include integrated roof rails, side steps and diamond-cut 18-inch alloy wheels with contrasting black inserts. There are three metallic paint colours (Deep Bronze, Atlantic Grey and Sterling Silver), two pearlescent tones (Imperial Red and Cosmos Black) and the solid Polar White.

With five seats in place, there’s 502 litres of cargo space behind the middle row, growing to 1,488 litres with the 60:40 split bench folded down.

New Mitsubishi Shogun Sport engines, trim levels and prices

Billed as able to tackle ‘the most demanding of terrain’, the Shogun Sport packs Mitsubishi's Super Select II four-wheel drive system, with power from a 179bhp, 2.4-litre diesel engine. Drivers can "switch seamlessly between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive on all terrains", allowing the fuel-economy benefits of two-wheel drive when road and weather conditions don't call for the extra stability and traction of four-wheel drive. It’s also equipped with a new eight-speed automatic gearbox that’s said to improve driver satisfaction, fuel consumption and emissions.

Two trim levels are offered: Shogun Sport 3 and Shogun Sport 4. The former boasts seven seats and an automatic gearbox, along with power-adjustable front seats and leather upholstery, automatic LED headlamps, tail-lamps and daytime running lights, dual-zone climate control and a touchscreen infotainment system with a reversing camera and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility. Rear parking sensors are standard, too, as are privacy glass and rain-sensing wipers.

Stepping up to the Shogun Sport 4 brings you heated front seats, an upgraded 510-watt stereo and headlamp washers. It also boasts additional safety and driver-assistance systems such as adaptive cruise control and autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot warning, a 360-degree camera and an Ultrasonic Mis-Acceleration Mitigation System (UMS) that prevents accidental sudden acceleration if obstacles are detected nearby.On top of this, every Shogun Sport has Hill Descent Control, Trailer Start Assist and Hill Start Assist as standard, as will an off-road mode offering a choice of driving modes to help tailor the car’s behavior to the conditions at hand.

The Shogun Sport is already on sale in Asian markets and Australia, where it's badged Pajero Sport. The SUV is built in Thailand and Indonesia and in some markets is offered with the choice of a six-speed manual gearbox as well as the automatic. Although the Shogun Sport is based on the chassis of the Mitsubishi L200 pickup, the body panels, interior and suspension components are specific to the new SUV. However, while the previous Shogun Sport model looked like an L200, the new Shogun Sport has a more contemporary SUV appearance.

The Shogun Sport arrives in UK showrooms in July. Prices start at £37,775 for the Shogun Sport 3 and £39,775 for the Shogun Sport 4.

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