If you are a fan of the Mitsubishi Shogun (Pajero, outside of the UK) latest reports confirm the new model will remain the thoroughbred 4×4 that we all have come to know.
Earlier rumours talked of a toned down version with a focus on the urban style image for the booming SUV soft-roader segment in the market.
The promise from Mitsubishi UK is that the Shogun will keep all of its credentials as a utility truck for off road and towing work with good cargo space and passenger capacity. The company acknowledges there are very good and more refined rivals to the Shogun on the market, the Land Rover Discovery to name but one, many demand a much higher price for similar vehicle abilities and there is running costs to be considered too.
The current 4th incarnation of the Shogun, with a face lift for 2015 is now into it’s 9th year with UK sales up by over 65% this year, it proves the popular SUV has a dedicated set of followers who want the no nonsense 4×4 utility bus. Not bad for a vehicle first unveiled in 1973 at the Tokyo motor Show, the second “revised’ proto-type was revealed five years later in 1978, then a production model followed in 1981 with the final launch in May 1982.
The new 5th generation model is expected in 2018, as of yet no details are known. It is expected that a PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) option for the Shogun will be offered after the new model has been introduced to the market.