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Shogun family to spawn sports all-rounder

A dynamic new member will join the Mitsubishi Shogun family in two years' time. The troubled Japanese car maker will add a model closely based on ASX, a prototype 'sports all-rounder' featuring dramatic styling, it was revealed in Geneva.

Described as a crossover multi-activity vehicle, the ASX mixes go-anywhere abilities with the style and on-road performance of a sports saloon. 'We will add it to our line-up in 2003 but it's too early to say how it will be priced or equipped. We haven't even thought of a name for the car yet,' UK importer Colt Car Company managing director Jim Tyrrell told Fleet NewsNet.

Powered by a 2.4-litre GDI engine, the near-production prototype on the company's stand had an adaptive four-speed automatic transmission linked to its permanent four-wheel drive system.The five-seater estate-style model has numerous technological innovations, including an advanced driving information system, a preview control that uses radar to warn of obstacles and a rear-facing camera to guarantee the driver a clear view during reversing manoeuvres.

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