Mitsubishi has launched a new version of its Shogun Sport SUV designed to appeal to businesses and tradespeople.

The rugged 4x4 is imaginatively named the Shogun Sport Commercial, and although it looks much the same as the SUV on which it is based, it features blacked-out side windows and sacrifices five of the seven seats to create a flat-bottomed load space.

In total, that load bay measures more than 1.9 metres in length, while the gap between the two rear wheel arches measures exactly a metre. From floor to ceiling it’s a little larger, at 1.04 metres, giving you a total capacity of 1,488 litres, if you use the German Automobile Industry Association’s method of measurement. Oddly, that’s exactly the same as you’d get from a normal Shogun Sport with the rear seats folded down.

2019 Mitsubishi Shogun Sport

From the driver’s seat, though, the Commercial is more or less identical to its passenger-carrying stablemate. The newcomer is based on the range-topping ‘4’ version, so you get a touchscreen multimedia system with the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity systems, not to mention push-button start, heated leather seats and a 360-degree manoeuvring camera that gives you a top-down view of the car and its surroundings. You also get a 510-watt sound system and USB device charging connectors, plus a three-pin plug socket in the centre console.

And it’ll look much like a Shogun Sport 4 on the outside, too, thanks to the black window coverings and the 18-inch alloy wheels. You even get the same safety kit, with autonomous emergency braking to help prevent or mitigate an impending crash and blind-spot monitoring to warn you when a vehicle is lurking in the blind spot over your shoulder.

2019 Mitsubishi Shogun Sport

Under the skin, both the Shogun Sport and its Commercial sibling share much with Mitsubishi’s L200 pick-up truck, including the tough ladder chassis and the 178 bhp 2.4-litre turbocharged diesel engine. As a result, the Shogun Sport Commercial can tow trailers weighing as much as 3.1 tonnes and carry more than 600 kg in the boot.

When empty, though, it get from a standstill to 62 mph in 11 seconds and hit a top speed of 112 mph, and if driven more conservatively, Mitsubishi says its 2.1-tonne vehicle will return something around 32.8 mpg.

2019 Mitsubishi Shogun Sport

It inherits the standard Shogun Sport’s off-road capability, too, with low-ratio gearing, lockable rear and centre differentials and hill descent control all featured as standard. It also comes with Mitsubishi’s Super Select II 4WD system, which allows the driver to choose settings using a terrain selector. That way, the car can be set up for driving on gravel, mud/snow, sand or rocks.

The Commercial version inherits something of the Shogun Sport’s price, too, commanding a starting price of £32,504 plus VAT.

Gallery: 2019 Mitsubishi Shogun Sport Commercial