What is it?
Our first UK drive in the recently revamped Mitsubishi Shogun, here sampled in full-on “Diamond” spec.
That means massive equipment levels, loads of bodykit bling and a hefty £34,599 pricetag in long-wheelbase five-door form.
Performance, such as it is, comes courtesy of a 3.2 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine with drive delivered by a five-speed automatic gearbox, clever off-road biased traction control and a battery of lockable diffs.
What’s it like?
Crude. Actually, make that very crude. On-road the Shogun feels at least a decade out of date.
The engine is loud, acceleration feels even more leisurely than the 12.9 second 0-62 mph time suggests and the suspension crashes its way over every ridge and undulation.
Okay, so there is a bit of a plus side. The quality of the cabin materials has been dramatically improved over the previous-generation version's, and this Shogun is far more spacious inside than some of its equally Jurassic rivals.
It’s predictably good off-road, too – effortlessly ploughing its way through the sort of terrain that would leave a soft-roader grounded and impotent.