The Mitsubishi Shogun Sport Story

Discover the heritage, philosophy and awards of the Shogun Sport.

Shogun Sport History

The story begins

In Japan back in 1982, demand for four-wheel drive vehicles was growing as private owners sought them for leisure use. So we developed our own 4WD technology.

The First Full-feature 4WD

A pioneer of new SUVs

The result was the first full-feature 4WD in the form of the Shogun (known as the Montero or Pajero in some countries). It was the pioneer of a new generation of SUVs that offered sophisticated driving performance at a reasonable price.

1979 Tokyo Motor Show

A huge level of interest

The Shogun was well received at the 1979 Tokyo Motor Show and both metal and canvas-topped models rolled off the production line in 1982. It was a huge influence in the 4WD vehicle boom. The Shogun Sport is a direct descendant of this legendary vehicle.

2015 Shogun Sport Launched

World debut in Thailand

The Shogun (Pajero) Sport was a new-generation mid-size SUV. It inherited the best of the Pajero brand, the all-new Pajero Sport offered a high-quality exterior design, high performance and a comfortable interior, and advanced safety features.

The Engine Then

V6 petrol and diesel

Back when it first rolled off the production line, the Shogun had a 2,000cc engine. V6 petrol and diesel engines were added in 1988.

The Engine Now

2.4-litre MIVEC direct injection diesel

The all-new new Shogun Sport is powered by a 2.4L MIVEC turbo engine. It’s quiet, powerful and thanks to a lightweight all-aluminium engine block and a common rail direct injection system, highly fuel efficient.


Philosophy Behind the Car

Outstanding off-road. Saloon car comfort

With the Shogun, and its direct descendant the Shogun Sport, we set out to create a vehicle that could deliver outstanding all-terrain performance and passenger car-like drivability and ride comfort.

“The new Pajero (Shogun) Sport combines sophisticated styling and comfort with an advanced version of its overwhelming driving performance.”
Koichi Namiki Corporate General Manager, Global Pickup Project Promotion Office

Innovations and Milestones

Paris Dakar victory 1983

The Shogun Sport’s forbear, the Shogun won the Paris-Dakar Rally at its first attempt in 1983. It won the first overall victory in 1985, with a total of 12 overall wins over 25 years up to 2009.

The Mitsubishi Shogun Sport range

Discover the models in the Shogun Sport range from the 3 Auto to the Shogun Sport Commercial.

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