A very happy new year for Mitsubishi fans.

It looks like 2018 is already shaping up to a busy year for the Mitsubishi team in the UK – as well as the arrival of the firm's new Eclipse Cross in January, the Japanese car maker has just announced that its Shogun Sport SUV will be arriving in the spring. It will add to the existing range of ASX, Outlander, L200 and Shogun models as well as the forthcoming Eclipse Cross.

Mitsubishi says that the new car has been designed to get through the 'most demanding' of terrain and features seven seats to make it a truly go-anywhere family wagon.

Power comes from Mitsubishi's 2.4-litre diesel engine, which produces 180bhp and maximum torque of 317lb ft at 2,500rpm, mated to an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission and the company's Super Select II all-wheel-drive system. Technology-wise, standard specification includes such features as Hill Descent Control, Trailer Start Assist, Hill Start Assist and a dedicated off-road mode, which will allow a choice of driving modes that can be selected to suit differing types of terrain.

2018 Mitsubishi Shogun Sport

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Inside the Mitsubishi Shogun Sport you can choose between space for seven people or folding seats that give you up to 1,488 litres of space when the back two rows are folded down flat.

Two specifications of the Shogun Sport will be available from launch. Both will feature leather upholstery, keyless entry with push-button start, LED day running lights and the Mitsubishi Smartphone Link Display Audio system that allows users to connect to apps or other features of their Apple or Android phones via the touchscreen or voice control.

The range-topping model adds further luxury, says Mitsubishi, with heated front seats and the company's most advanced safety features, including Forward Collision Mitigation, which uses radars in the front grille to judge whether there is risk of a collision with the vehicle in front, Blind Spot Warning and Multi-around Monitor System that employs cameras at the front, rear and in the door mirrors to display a bird’s-eye view around the car.

UK pricing and full specification details have yet to be revealed, but Mitsubishi says they will be announced closer to the car's launch.

2018 Mitsubishi Shogun Sport