What is it?
It’s natural for off-roaders to enjoy a longer product cycle than regular road cars, but on the surface the Mitsubishi Shogun, here tested in mildly-tweaked for 2012 form, seems well overdue for replacement.
It last had a significant revamp in 2006, and you’re looking at a car whose monocoque platform (with an integrated ladder-like frame) and major mechanicals were introduced at turn of the millennium.
Is that a problem? It might be. Changes for the 2012 model year include a new grille, Euro V compliant engine, some new interior materials and different range badging.
But what we’re talking about is an old car, with a 3.2-litre diesel that, while having its emissions cut to 224g/km, still only has four, vast, cylinders.
What’s it like?
As you might expect, the Shogun’s interior design is pretty dated, and the materials aren’t up to current standards, even though fit and finish are fine.
The diesel’s a rowdy beast when you fire it up, too. We’ve become so accustomed to the hush of modern multi-cylinder turbodiesels that the Shogun is a stark reminder of the way things used to be.