What is it?
The new Mitsubishi Shogun. Not that you’d know - you’ll have to look twice to spot the difference. It’s the details that distinguish the new Shogun: the spare wheel is now positioned centrally, the oversized wheelarches have shrunk, and there’s a new grille with modified headlights.
Mitsubishi says Shogun customers like the authentic 4x4 look, but this doesn’t mean that they are immune to the spoils of luxury, as the new interior proves. Inside is a new dashboard with a seven-inch touch-screen LCD monitor that controls the integrated 30GB sat-nav and music system.
Options include a reversing camera and screens for rear-seat entertainment. Cabin space still doesn’t compete with that of the Land Rover Discovery, but the Shogun can accommodate up to five people in reasonable comfort, with room for two more on foldaway seats in the back.
Mitsubishi has also stuck to its guns mechanically. The four-cylinder 3.2-litre diesel unit has been given common-rail injection, but power remains at 158bhp (168bhp if you take the automatic version) with a slight increase in maximum torque to 281lb ft.
What's it like?
Power comes in smoothly without the usual turbo lag, but refinement is not the Shogun's strength. That's no surprise considering the high 0.8-litre displacement per cylinder.