The new Mitsubishi Shogun Sport to go on sale in the uk in the Spring, after a launch at the end of this year, the brand has announced.
The seven-seat model, which is already on sale in Asia as the Pajero Sport, is currently in the final stages of the united kingdom of approval.
“We hope for the realization of the tests in a little while and then we just have to present the data to the engineers in Japan for ratification,” said the general director of the brand, Lance Bradley.
The large SUV will be sold exclusively with a 2.4-liter diesel engine that develops 179bhp and 317lb ft. This will be mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission gearbox Mitsubishi Super Select 4WD II four-wheel-drive system, which can operate in either two-wheel or all-wheel-drive mode.
The Shogun Sport is price of around Â£26,000, ranking it among the Outlander and the full-size, off-road-focused Mitsubishi Shogun in the range.
Bradley expected that the Shogun Sport, which is based on the L200’s platform, to become one of the largest brand marketers, the addition of about 3,000 to 4,000 sales to their annual figures. This would be behind the Outlander PHEV (which is expected to attract 11,000 sales this year) and the new Eclipse of the Cross, which will also be launched in the coming month of January.
Two specifications will be available from launch, with hill descent assistance, towing, hill start, hill start assist and an off-road, traction control, with several modes of operation to adapt to the different terrain, as standard, as well as the leather upholstery, keyless entry system and push button start.
“The Eclipse in reality I could beat the Outlander,” said Bradley, “because it is much more dominant in the model and you get a range of gasoline, diesel, and hopefully plug-in hybrid transmissions.”
The picture Shogun Sport was seen by Indianautosblog at the end of last year in the Stadium of Twickenham. The sighting suggested Mitsubishi, which sponsors English rugby, was getting the interest in the next model.
The previous generation Shogun Sport model was last seen in the uk showrooms in 2006, before being interrupted.
Meanwhile, the fifth generation Shogun, which will be available as a plug-in hybrid, is expected to 2019.
“The Shogun is a bit hard to justify for the investment, being a small volume car,” said Bradley.
He added that one of the advantages of the Mitsubishi recently formed a link with Nissan was the platform of exchange, giving to understand that this would help to adapt to the next generation of Shogun.
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