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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.
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.