The roots of the Mitsubishi Shogun (also known as Pajero and Montero in other countries) can be traced back to 1934 with the pioneering Mitsubishi PX33 prototype, the first 4WD vehicle built by the company. Mitsubishi Motors presented the Shogun prototype at the Tokyo Motor Show in November 1979, with production starting in 1982.
The Mitsubishi Shogun debuted in the UK in 1982. It was designed and built to combine rugged 4x4 capability with the comfort, handling and specification of a luxury saloon. It quickly became a global success, winning many awards and achieving 12 overall wins in the infamous Paris-Dakar rally, including winning at the very first attempt in 1983.
In 1991, Mitsubishi Motors unveiled a second generation. Along with updated, smoother body styling, one major development was the introduction of Mitsubishi’s much revered Super Select four-wheel drive system. A 2.5-litre or 2.8-litre diesel engine was offered alongside a 3.0-litre and 3.5-litre petrol engine.
The Shogun/Pajero Evolution arrived in late 1997, having been developed in response to changes in the entry requirements for the Paris-Dakar Rally’s T3 class. Coming with the 3.5-litre 24-valve DOHC V6 petrol engine, the Shogun Evolution also benefited from a new dual plenum variable intake helping to increase the power and a new independent rear suspension making the ride smoother.
The third generation Mitsubishi Shogun arrived in the UK in 1999. The Shogun moved to a monocoque body with built-in ladder frame chassis and updated body structure, which improved the on-road ride and handling, whilst offering both a reduction in weight and improved rigidity. Further improvements to the four-wheel drive system were made along with the introduction of four-wheel independent suspension, giving each wheel improved grip. It was available in either a 3.5-litre petrol GDi engine or the vastly more popular 3.2-litre Direct-Injection Diesel engine and in either manual or automatic transmission.
2006 took the Mitsubishi Shogun into its fourth and final generation. The vehicle remained true to its original design philosophy throughout the years, delivering dependable off-road performance and towing capability with Mitsubishi’s renowned reliability. In the UK, this fourth generation Mitsubishi Shogun was available with the 3.2-litre diesel engine and automatic transmission combination only, with a facelift in 2012 making minimal restyling changes and an improved monocoque body and suspension revision. In 2015, the last set of revisions to the Shogun were made, an update to the front styling, which included new LED lighting, along with a revised grille design and a new spare wheel carrier on the tailgate.
ABOUT MITSUBISHI MOTORS
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is a global automobile company based in Tokyo, Japan, which has a competitive edge in SUVs and pickup trucks, electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Since the Mitsubishi group produced its first car more than a century ago, we have demonstrated an ambitious and often disruptive approach, developing new vehicle genres and pioneering cutting-edge technologies. Deeply rooted in Mitsubishi Motors’ DNA, our brand strategy will appeal to ambitious drivers, willing to challenge conventional wisdom and ready to embrace change. Consistent with this mindset, Mitsubishi Motors introduced its new brand strategy in 2017, expressed in its “Drive your Ambition” tagline – a combination of personal drive and forward attitude, and a reflection of the constant dialogue between the brand and its customers. Today Mitsubishi Motors is committed to continuous investment in innovative new technologies, attractive design and product development, bringing exciting and authentic new vehicles to customers around the world.
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