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Geraldton Guardian - - Front Page - Ewan Kennedy

Mit­subishi has long been a leader in SUVs in Aus­tralia, with the Pa­jero, launched in the mid-1980s, prov­ing you can have com­fort and off-road abil­ity at the same time.

A new model has just joined the Mit­subishi SUV range, the Eclipse Cross. Sit­ting be­tween the ASX and Out­lander, it joins many oth­ers in this class in be­ing as much about style as func­tion. It has a slop­ing roof that’s more coupe than wagon, hence the Cross in the name in­di­cat­ing it’s a cross­over.

The rear has an in­ter­est­ing dou­ble-screen ar­range­ment with the screens di­vided by high-mounted LED brake lights. It prob­a­bly doesn’t do much for rear vi­sion, as we’ve no­ticed in other ve­hi­cles that have tried this style in the past, with our eyes be­com­ing con­fused.

Un­for­tu­nately, the pres­sure of busi­ness meant we weren’t able to at­tend the me­dia launch of the Eclipse Cross, but we have one on its way in a cou­ple of weeks and will road test it then.

In­side, the in­stru­ment area of the Eclipse Cross has an al­most fu­tur­is­tic style that looks to be at­trac­tive and func­tional.

The rear seat can slide back and for­wards to jug­gle pas­sen­ger-lug­gage space.

Clev­erly, the rear seat back­rests (60:40 split) can be set at dif­fer­ent an­gles to let you choose be­tween

oc­cu­pant com­fort and lug­gage vol­ume.

Power comes from an ul­tra mod­ern turbo-petrol 1.5-litre, four-cylin­der en­gine that pro­duces 110kW of power. Torque is im­pres­sive, reach­ing its max­i­mum of 250Nm at 1800, and hold­ing it there to 4500 revs. Trans­mis­sion is through an ef­fi­cient CVT unit, but you can pre­tend it’s a con­ven­tional au­to­matic by us­ing eight pre­set ra­tios. This will slightly re­duce ef­fi­ciency, but will please those who can’t adapt their ears to the sound of a CVT. There is no man­ual op­tion.

It is of­fered in two-wheel drive (the front wheels) and all-wheeldrive. The lat­ter is only avail­able in the top-line Ex­ceed model.

Turbo-diesel en­gines are sold in other mar­kets, but given the de­crease in pop­u­lar­ity of small diesels in Aus­tralia, it’s un­likely we’ll see them here.

Mit­subishi’s Smart­phone link Dis­play Au­dio (SDA) con­nects through An­droid Auto and Ap­ple Car Play. Users can con­nect to se­lected apps, in­clud­ing nav­i­ga­tion, stored on their smart­phone. Eclipse Cross is sold in the usual Mit­subishi model des­ig­na­tions of LS and Ex­ceed. Prices be­gin at $30,500 rec­om­mended re­tail for the Eclipse Cross LS 2WD.

The Ex­ceed 2WD ($36,000) adds dual-zone air-con­di­tion­ing, leather in­te­rior, power and heated front seats, LED head­lamps with au­tolev­el­ling and sun­roof. Eclipse Cross AWD Ex­ceed ($38,500) comes stan­dard with the same equip­ment, with the ad­di­tion of Mit­subishi’s Su­per All Wheel Con­trol four-wheel drive sys­tem.

Pic­tures: Mar­que Mo­tor­ing

The all-new Mit­subishi Eclipse Cross is al­most a coupe in shape.

The rear has an in­ter­est­ing dou­ble-screen ar­range­ment, with the screens di­vided by high-mounted LED brake lights.

The in­stru­ment area is at­trac­tive and func­tional.

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