Posts Tagged ‘shogun’

Mitsubishi Lancer Replacement May Come from Renault-Nissan

Posted by Stephen On Friday, November 14th, 2014

2014 Mitsubishi Lancer GT

2014 Mitsubishi Lancer GT

Mitsubishi is making big strategic changes in how they make cars, and one of those changes is a brand-new direction for their next sedan. With the Mitsubishi Lancer on its way out the door, the small Japanese automaker is looking to partner with the Renault-Nissan for a new non-SUV model or two.

To be clear, Nissan and Mitsubishi already had a pre-existing partnership, but this will be the first time that the whole Renault-Nissan Alliance will be involved in the venture. The official partnership was quietly announced over a year ago, along with news of two new offerings the automotive firms will work together to produce. The first will be a midsize D-segment sedan for US and Canadian markets only. The second will be a globally available compact sedan.

In addition to the new global compact sedan, Mitsubishi and Renault-Nissan will collaborate on an NA-only midsize model. However, further details of what exactly these two cars would be based on were left totally up in the air… Until now.

2014 Renault Latitude

2014 Renault Latitude

In a recent report from Automotive News, Mitubishi CEO Osamu Masuko told AN that the US/Canada midsize sedan will be the first project to come to fruition. The new sedan will be manufactured at the Renault-Samsung factory in South Korea, and will likely be based on the Renault Latitude sedan (pictured above). Masuko expects this model to go on sale sometime around 2017.

As for the global compact sedan, plans are still up in the air. In his correspondence with AN, Masuko made it seem like they hadn’t even decided whether they want to re-badge a Nissan or a Renault model, although other sources hint that the compact sedan will be built on Renault’s new CMF architecture, which you can find underpinning the Nissan Qashqai. Either way, manufacturing and actually getting the car into showroom floors is still a ways off.

Strategically, this expanded Renault-Nissan partnership will allow Mitsubishi to put all of their internal R&D into the explosive SUV crossover market segment. A replacement for the European ASX compact SUV is planned for 2016, and the Shogun SUV will get a new model in 2018. It sounds like a long time to wait for being their “top priority”, but Mitsubishi plans to offer a plug-in hybrid version of each new SUV when they finally hit the market in the next few years. Either way, we’ll keep you updated here at Integrity Exports.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2007 Mitsubishi Pajero SUV

Posted by Stephen On Monday, July 14th, 2014

Today’s Japanese car auction find fits right in with the topic of our last blog post. You’ll recall that yesterday we looked at the new addition to the Mitsubishi Shogun lineup – the Mitsubishi Shogun SWB Barbarian, a monstrous SUV with plenty of premium appeal.

2007 Mitsubishi Pajero front

What you might not know is that the Mitsubishi Shogun is also known as the Mitsubishi Pajero in non-European markets. Fun fact: it was known as the Mitsubishi Montero in the Americas, since “Pajero” has a vulgar meaning in Spanish, but the SUV was discontinued in those markets in 2006.

What you see above is a 2007 Mitsubishi Pajero, which would be the first model year in the SUV’s current generation. So, this is a good place to pick up if you’re in the market for a full-size SUV… This is the year that Mitsubishi let out all the stops and unleashed the beast.

2007 Mitsubishi Pajero rear

This particular Pajero is of the Long Exceed X trim, whose long wheel base gives you plenty of cabin space and plenty of off-road potential. In fact, what we have here is one of the toughest and most off-road capable SUVs on the market, complete with skid plates, terrain-friendly alloy tires, heavyweight components and almost 9-inches of ground clearance. With a fully automatic transmission and a powerful 3.8L V6 backing you up, all you have to worry about is where you want to go and how you want to get there, which is also made easy thanks to the onboard GPS navigation.

Other tech goodies in this particular model include air-conditioning, power windows, power steering, antilock brakes, remote keyless entry and of course a CD player. And as you can see below, the interior may not be as luxurious as that of the new SWB Barbarian, but it still has a noticeable premium feel with leather seating and trim, combined with a tasteful black and beige color scheme. With an ‘A’ grade interior, this Mitsubishi Pajero feels good as new.

2007 Mitsubishi Pajero interior

Speaking of ratings, we chose this specific Mitsubishi Pajero for its near-immaculate overall 4.5 grade rating. You’ll find only two minor blemishes across the entire pearl white paintjob, described in more detail in the auction sheet translation at the bottom of this post.

Even if this color, grade or model year of this Mitsubishi Pajero isn’t your style, there are loads of other Mitsubishi Pajero models available in our Integrity Exports Japanese car auction system, just a few clicks away. You can get two weeks of unlimited access for free, so there’s no reason not to try it out if you’re interested.

Either way, you’ll find this 2007 Mitsubishi Pajero’s auction sheet below:

2007 Mitsubishi Pajero auction sheet

Here’s the translation:

“Interior A, first registered December 2007, FAT, AAC, service book, Long Exceed X model, 4WD, one owner, 7-seater, original HDD navigation system, Rockford sound system, seat heaters, original 18 inch AWs, power steering, power windows, TV, airbag, minor scratches on interior trim, Shaken until 13 December 2014, minor scratches and repairs on exterior, light scratches on left front door, marks as per map”

New Mitsubishi Shogun SWB Barbarian to Launch in UK

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Mitsubishi is making a brand-new addition to their Shogun range of full-size SUVs in the UK. It’s called the Mitsubishi Shogun SWB (short wheel base) Barbarian, and it’s going to sit above the Shogun Warrior to top off the range at £31,999. As you continue reading, you’ll learn what’s new – both design-wise and specs-wise – in this self-described “off-road status symbol”. But first, let’s take a look at this beaut’:

Mitsubishi Shogun SWB Barbarian

What we have here is an exceedingly bold design fitting of the SUV’s barbaric roots. It looks aggressive, muscular and strong. Mitsubishi describes how several of its new styling elements – the front overhang, the bold front grille, the upright windscreen, the high beltline and the enormous wheel arches – all help “underline its tough, authentic, off-road ability.” In other words, this is a car that talks the talk AND walks the walk.

Aside from the exterior modifications described above, what else is new in the Shogun SWB barbarian?

In addition to the aggressively masculine design cues in the Barbarian’s new bodywork, you’ll also notice new dual colored 20-inch gloss black and silver Le Mans alloy wheels. There are also three color-schemes available: Black Pearl (pictured), Eiger Grey and Cool Silver.

Inside, you’ll find a cornucopia of technology additions and cabin improvements. Each Barbarian SUV will feature beautiful L200 Barbarian-style leather seats and trim with carbon fiber inserts to match the car’s color scheme, along with a matching leather-wrapped steering wheel. You’ll also notice new alloy pedals at your feet, along with the standard premium tech. goodies like AC and built-in GPS and DAB digital radio.

Performance-wise, the new Mitsubishi Shogun SWB Barbarian only comes with one engine option, but it’s a good one. It’s a 3.2L four-cylinder turbocharged diesel that outputs an earnest 197bhp, which can be paired with a five-speed automatic or a standard transmission. With the manual, you’ll be able to launch yourself from 0-60 in under 10 seconds, despite the SUV’s hefty size and weight.

The Mitsubishi Shogun SWB barbarian may seem like a strange car to add to the lineup, especially in Europe where other automakers are busy focusing on compact crossovers and hatchbacks. But, Mitsubishi emphasizes that “sales are up 78% on the Shogun LWB variants and an impressive 150% for the Shogun SWB variants year-on-year.” Even though it might not make perfect sense, Mitsubishi says that “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.”