Mitsubishi is expanding its SUV model range with the launch of the Shogun Sport, a new seven-seat family car that is equipped with switchable four-wheel drive for genuine go-anywhere ability.

Priced from £36,905, the Mitsubishi Shogun Sport has been designed to plug the gap between the more compact Mitsubishi Outlander and plusher, pricier Shogun. With its strong off-roading credentials, it could also look to steal sales from the more established Land Rover Discovery Sport, too.

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2018 Mitsubishi Shogun Sport

Despite the modern silhouette, the Shogun Sport uses the same rudimentary underpinnings as the Mitsubishi L200 pickup. That decision may not make this seven-seat SUV the most refined family vehicle on sale, but it could make it one of the most capable.

All versions come fitted with a 2.4-litre diesel engine that develops 177bhp and 317lb ft or torque. It’s mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox plus Mitsubishi's Super Select all-wheel drive system as standard, which includes Hill Descent Control, Trailer Start Assist, Hill Start Assist and a button that allows the driver to switch between two-wheel and four-wheel drive while on the move.

The Mitsubishi Shogun Sport is already on sale in Asian markets and Australia, where it's badged the Pajero Sport, but is set to go on UK sale this March in just two trim levels. The entry-level Shogun Sport 3 includes privacy glass, parking sensors, electrically-powered front leather seats, automatic LED headlamps and tail-lamps, dual-zone climate control plus a touchscreen infotainment system complete with a reversing camera.

The range-topping Shogun Sport 4 will cost £38,905 and adds heated front seats, adaptive cruise control, an upgraded 510-watt stereo plus more safety equipment in the shape of autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot warning and a 360-degree camera.

All Shogun Sport models will be available in two solid colours – red and white – and three metallic hues – bronze, grey and silver – and two pearlescent finishes – red and black. As with the rest of the Mitsubishi range, the Shogun Sport will also feature a five-year/62,500 mile warranty.

Gallery: 2018 Mitsubishi Shogun Sport