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Mitsubishi's Ultimate Van

Sat, 16 Jun 2001
Depending on where you live, your tax office may have a broad or narrow minded view of what constitutes a commercial vehicle for 'benefit it kind' taxation. But assuming Hector is an enlightened inspector, and you can prove a genuine commercial need, you could be driving Mitsubishi's new Shogun 3.2 DI-D as your company motor at a very favourable tax rate.

It also makes a lot of commercial sense. Its towing limit is 2,800kg, so if you need a tough tow-car and don't need back seats it's ideal.

Payload is 500kg and cargo capacity is 1,651 litres with a high sill height which can be beneficial to backs when loading heavy boxes. Dimensions of the load area are 1,290mm x 1,090mm x 1,030mm.

Performance on or off the road is very strong. The 3.2 litre direct injected diesel engine develops 162bhp at a low 3,800rpm and a massive 275lb ft (373Nm) torque at 2,000 rpm. On the road it gets to sixty in 11.5 seconds and up to a top speed of 106mph, delivering a sensible 29.1mpg on the EU combined cycle and 256g/km CO2.

Of interest to off-roaders, its SS4-II selectable four wheel drive system provides a gear selection range from two-wheel-drive high to four-wheel-drive ultra-low, with two other modes in between. There is also a rear as well as centre diff lock for extreme conditions.

Prices start at £17,995 on the road, plus VAT and air-conditioning is available as an optional extra at £950, plus VAT. Whether a VAT registered business can reclaim input VAT will depend on the nature of its business in relation to the vehicle.

All Mitsusbishis now come with a reassuring three year 100,000 mile warranty and three year pan-European recovery.

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