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Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin 2.0 GDI 5dr



A NEW five-door version of the Shogun Pinin has strengthened Mitsubishi's presence in the compact 4x4 market. The car follows the introduction of the three-door with the fuel-efficient 1.8 GDI (gasoline direct injection), and the new 2.0-litre engine in the five-door Pinin uses the same technology.

However, the larger engine promises to mirror the performance of the 1.8 in the three-door because it is driving a heavier car with a longer wheelbase. The Shogun Pinin, introduced last year, is targeting a slice of the popular sport utility vehicle (SUV) market, and the five-door (new this year) offers a realistic rival to five-door versions of user-chooser favourites like the Land Rover Freelander and Toyota RAV4.

The trend has been to compromise off-road ability in favour of improved on-road performance, but offer drivers the improved traction of four-wheel drive, and a lofty driving position. But the Pinin promises more off-road ability than its main rivals, and is expecting to win friends through keen pricing. Our test car was the entry-level model in the five-door range - the 2.0 GDI Equippe.

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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