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Mitsubishi Shogun 3.2 GLS DI-D



BUILT like a brick penthouse. I wish I'd thought of that, because Mitsubishi's billboard ad slogan for the all-new Shogun range neatly sums up the big off-roader's continued appeal: it's well-constructed and smells of money.

The third generation luxury 4x4 went on sale in May in GLS trim for short (three-door) and long wheelbase (five-door) petrol and diesel variants with prices from ú27,995 to ú37,995 on-the-road. A less exotically specified GLX will be introduced in September and Mitsubishi has already showed its hand on prices - the three-door 3.2 DI-D GLX will become the entry model at ú24,995.

In a full year it expects to shift 2,000 Shoguns, about 1,500 Shogun Sports (the ex-Challenger relaunched in March from ú18,995) and 5,000 'baby' Shogun Pinins, born in January and weighing in at a healthy ú13,995.

Long wheelbase formats will account for 65% of UK Shogun sales and 45% of those will have the 3.2-litre DI-D direct injection diesel rather than the 3.5-litre V6 GDI gasoline direct injection petrol. Of the 35% three-door balance, the majority is expected to go for the 162bhp, 275lb-ft DI-D - the subject of this report and Mitsubishi's research indicates that 88% of purchases are business-funded with users predominantly married males within the 45-54 age group.

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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