For those of you outside of the United States, Mitsubishi has let loose the goods on the 2012 Shogun (formerly pronounced "Montero" in North America). It is mainly a matter of detail tweaks, with a bolder, shinier, redesigned front and new items like the six-spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels and black roof rails. The turbodiesel engine is Euro V compliant, but it posts the same 197 horsepower and gas mileage numbers of the outgoing model.

Nomenclature has shifted, too, with JR and KS designations replaced by SG2, SG3 and SG4 in short- and long-wheelbase kit. The Warrior model carries over, and "will sit above the SG2." Prices work out to £29,499 ($47,574 based on current exchange rates) for a base SG2, ascending to £40,999 ($66,121) for the SG4. Follow the jump for the press release.
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NEW MODEL YEAR MITSUBISHI SHOGUN ENTERS THE SUV MARKET

CIRENCESTER, UK (Friday, 28th October 2011) – Mitsubishi Motors' new model-year Shogun arrives in the UK this week. It is a progressive evolution of Mitsubishi's classic off-roading status symbol that combines authentic four-wheel drive go-anywhere ability with bold, muscular styling. It now comes with a Euro V compliant turbo diesel engine and offers a choice of either three door short-wheel base or five door long-wheel base versions.

Like its predecessor, the Mitsubishi Shogun is immediately distinguished by its redesigned bold front grille – incorporating a short front overhang, upright windscreen, strong high flanks, flared wheel-arches and rear-mounted spare wheel – all key Shogun styling cues that underline its tough, authentic, off-road ability.

As well as the three and five door options, Shogun buyers will have a choice of a four model line-up – the SG2, SG3, SG4 and the familiar Warrior which, in terms of specification will sit above the SG2. As always, the Shogun comes packed with an array of standard safety and luxury equipment. In addition to the re-designed front grille, all variants will benefit from new 18" alloy wheels.

New 12MY Shogun Line-Up
The 12MY marks the arrival of a fresher and sportier look across the Shogun range featuring:
- New chrome grille with slotted bars and thick dividers on either sides
- New colour-keyed front bumper
- Black front skid plate
- New twelve spoke 18" alloy wheels
- Black roof rails
- Euro V compliant engine

The same philosophy prevails inside the car with new items such as:
- New high-quality material for both cloth and leather upholsteries
- New enhanced illumination for instruments
- New brushed silver finish for power window control panels

Furthermore, new features are also introduced, including:
- SG3 and SG4 variants will be equipped with auto lights, auto wipers and privacy glass
- SG4 variants will now include a colour coded spare wheel cover as standard
- Brake override system – in case the driver accidentally hits the brake and accelerator at the same time (the car automatically opts for the safer braking option)

The new 12MY is available in the following colours:
- Diamond Black (Pearlescent)
- Frost White (Solid)
- Graphite Brown (Metallic)
- Orient Red (Metallic)
- Cool Silver (Metallic)

Servicing and Maintenance
The legendary Mitsubishi Shogun has a 3-year / unlimited mileage warranty together with a pan-European roadside assistance package. Service intervals for all 12MY Shogun variants are 9,000 miles/12 months (whichever comes first) and Mitsubishi's extremely competitive service plan (MSP), covering the first three scheduled services can be purchased for just £750.

Vehicle Pricing
Prices for the new model year Mitsubishi Shogun range from just £29,499 for the entry level SG2 model and rise to £40,999 for the higher specification SG4 model.

Summary
Away from the much commented "Chelsea tractors" luxury soft-roaders, heavy-duty workhorses such as the Shogun have carved out a very unique niche in the market where ability and dependability matter first and foremost.

Since its debut in 1982, Mitsubishi has produced millions of Shoguns, with a whopping 104,328 units sold in the UK alone. The Mitsubishi Shogun is a vehicle that inspires exceptional brand loyalty, with seven in ten customers retaining a Shogun.


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      Autoblogist
      • 3 Years Ago
      I always loved the looks of the Montero. It's a shame Mitsubishi took the tremendous momentum they had after 2000 and crapped all over it. They took the Galant which people always compared to the E36 in looks and turned it into the ugliest and cheapest looking family sedan out. The Eclipse went from a turbocharged darling to a bulbous behemoth that could get out of it's own way. The Diamanté which was compared to entry level luxury sedans at one time got a ugly nose job and was left for dead. It's just crazy how their now about follow Isuzu into non-existence.
        Andre Neves
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Autoblogist
        I agree with you. The Montero was a great-looking SUV. And they have great off-roading capability also. Would be nice if they reintroduced them here again, but I'm afraid it's all going downhill for Mitsubishi as it looks like they need to replace the people running their motors division.
        Felipe Politano
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Autoblogist
        Too bad Mitsubishi is letting all those strong badges die, like Eclipse and Galant. That is why I insist that Mitsu should make better use of its cooperation agreement with PSA: please take some Peugeots, give them the jetfighter look from the Lancer and sell them in the US. Make the new 208 a Colt, the excellent 508 a Galant and the sporty turbocharged RCZ the new Eclipse.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wish the diesel model was for sale here in the U.S
      CruzControl
      • 3 Years Ago
      66K?! LOL...Mitsubishi can only get away with that travesty outside the U.S. With less horsepower than Sonata Turbo, no wonder their market share is diminishing.
      peter1dav
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mitsu vehicles sold in Canada these days are perfectly capable - if you take them to 1991.
      Kevin Hooker
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks Montero-y. Might just be me. Also, not a bad thing.
        aatbloke1967
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kevin Hooker
        "Looks Montero-y. Might just be me. Also, not a bad thing." Montero was the name used in North America. Shogun was the UK designation, and Pajero was the nomenclature almost everywhere else.
          benzaholic
          • 3 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          I wish they had used Shogun in the US. That's got to be one of the cooler vehicle names, especially for a fairly serious offroader.
          AM2
          • 3 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          @Kevin Hooker, its based on the old model that was sold in North America. It's a Reskin + updated engines/ mechanicals.
          Kevin Hooker
          • 3 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          I understand where it was used, however, the overall design is reminiscent of the Montero of yore. Again my eyes may be playing tricks on me, I have not had enough coffee yet.
          Kevin Hooker
          • 3 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          http://www.edmunds.com/mitsubishi/montero/ I only wish we could actually post pictures here. Do want it back in the states.
          Kevin Hooker
          • 3 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          @AM2 Fair enough. I thought they were trying to pass this off as a new model. My apologies. Also, those headlights seem to have a little Ford Explorer in them don't they? Imitation is the greatest form of flattery right?
        Essende
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kevin Hooker
        @Kevin Hooker, ummmm, if anything, its Ford who copied the design, look at the old school Monteros/Pajeros. The headlight design is a natural progress in Mitsus lineup. Besides, the Shogun that you see in this article has been out since late 2006 in European/Asian markets.
      Dark Gnat
      • 3 Years Ago
      The picture looks like something from a '70's magazine. Saturated colors, reflection-obscured body details, burnt orange everything.
      TwinTurbo3oooGT
      • 3 Years Ago
      why only 197hp? i guess they dont get the 3.8l v6 that we got in the last gen Montero?
        c walker jr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TwinTurbo3oooGT
        Because diesel tends be higher torque, strange that AB didn't state that figure. Also likely that Euros and other non-US places don't get our gas engine, given their proclivity toward diesel. There are those here who would like to have this diesel that I'm sure is not available in the US.
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