CROSS PUR­POSE: MIT­SUBISHI’S SLICK PLAY INTO THE CROSS­OVER MAR­KET

Mit­subishi, fa­mous for sturdy 4x4s, launches an­other sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­ven­tion into the smaller SUV seg­ment: the mid-sized Eclipse Cross

Belfast Telegraph - NI Carfinder - - Front Page - BY PAUL CON­NOLLY

WHAT’S NEW?

With this smart new model, fall­ing some­where between a cross­over and a medium-sized SUV, Mit­subishi is sig­nalling a change of in­tent away from its rep­u­ta­tion for re­li­a­bil­ity and stur­di­ness, and to­wards pre­mium qual­ity.

The Eclipse Cross has an up­mar­ket cabin, smart new looks and bags of kit and driver as­sists.

It’s keenly priced too, with en­try level mod­els com­ing in around the £21,275 mark and the flag­ship trim cost­ing around £27,900.

It is avail­able in three trim lev­els – Eclipse Cross 2, Eclipse Cross 3 and Eclipse Cross 4. Com­peti­tors in­clude the Peu­geot 3008 and Seat Ateca.

It fits into the Mit­subishi range above the ASX and be­low the larger Out­lander, which in turn looks up at the fa­mous Shogun 4x4.

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?

The front de­sign of the Mit­subishi Eclipse Cross fea­tures the com­pany’s trade­mark Dy­namic Shield con­cept, which refers to the pro­tec­tive shield shape vis­ually formed by the black cen­tral area and high­lighted by bold bright­work on ei­ther side of the grill.

Dis­tinc­tive aux­il­iary lamps are re­cessed deep in the front fas­cia adding “drama and so­phis­ti­ca­tion” to the SUV’S front-on ap­pear­ance.

At the rear, the high-mounted, stretched rear lamps di­vide the rear win­dow into eye-catch­ing up­per and lower seg­ments and when il­lu­mi­nated the tubu­lar LED and cen­tral LED brake lights form a sin­gle bar of light run­ning across the tail, giv­ing the Mit­subishi Eclipse Cross a broad and un­mis­tak­able ap­pear­ance from the rear.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

There are two en­gines from launch, with oth­ers

pected soon in­clud­ing po­ten­tially an hy­brid ver­sion draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from its plat­form-sib­ling the Out­lander PHEV.

The new 1.5-litre di­rect-in­jec­tion tur­bocharged petrol en­gine is avail­able with a new CVT trans­mis­sion with 8-speed Sport Mode man­ual over­ride.

For diesel fans, Mit­subishi’s ex­ist­ing 2.2-litre com­mon rail di­rect-in­jec­tion tur­bocharged diesel en­gine is mod­i­fied specif­i­cally for Eclipse Cross and is fit­ted with a new 8-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

DRIVE FUNC­TIONS

The Eclipse Cross will also be avail­able with two-or four-wheel drive, the lat­ter in­cor­po­rat­ing the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of Mit­subishi’s Su­per All-wheel Con­trol (S-AWC) sys­tem that of­fers a choice of three ad­vanced drive modes – Auto, Snow and Gravel.

IN­SIDE THE CABIN

The com­pany’s de­sign­ers have opted for the pop­u­lar cock­pit-style driv­ing en­vi­ron­ment in a roomy cabin en­hanced by slide-and-re­cline ad­just­ment for the 60:40 split rear seat on all mod­els.

To op­ti­mise load­ing com­fort and fa­cil­i­tate loads of var­i­ous sizes and shapes, the rear seat back has eight dif­fer­ent re­cline set­tings and the base has up to 200mm of travel. This gives lots of shapes and op­tions to max­imise load­space.

PAS­SEN­GER SAFETY

The Mit­subishi Eclipse Cross pro­tects its oc­cu­pants, other driv­ers and pedes­tri­ans with an ar­ray of safety fea­tures and sys­tems.

Im­pres­sively, all ver­sions in­clud­ing the en­try-level vari­ant, will have Lane De­par­ture Warn­ing, For­ward Col­li­sion Mit­i­ga­tion (FCM) that uses radar tech­nol­ogy to de­tect a risk of col­li­sion, ABS, Ac­tive Sta­bil­ity Con­trol, Hill Start As­sist, Brake As­sist, seven airbags, dusk and rain sen­sors and au­to­matic op­er­a­tion of the head­lamps’ dipped beam.

EN­TRY-LEVEL MODEL

As in­di­cated, Eclipse Cross is well spec­i­fied, with even the en­try-level 2 ver­sion of­fer­ing fea­tures such as a touch-pad con­troller, Smart­phone Dis­play Au­dio com­pat­i­ble with Ap­ple Carplay and An­droid Auto.

There is also a rear view cam­era, DAB ra­dio with six speak­ers, cruise con­trol, cli­mate con­trol air con­di­tion­ing, LED Day­time Run­ning Lights, Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity for hands-free calls, 16-inch al­loy wheels, pri­vacy glass and heated door mir­rors.

MID-LEVEL MODEL

The Eclipse Cross 3 builds on the spec­i­fi­ca­tion of the 2 ver­sions by a range of ex­tras in­clud­ing 18-inch al­loy wheels, a head-up dis­play, heated front seats, front and rear park­ing sen­sors, and elec­tri­cally fold­ing door mir­rors. You can spec 4WD and au­to­matic ver­sions.

FLAG­SHIP MODEL

Eclipse Cross 4, the range-top­per, piles on good­ies like leather trim, elec­tri­cally-ad­justable driver’s seat, elec­tric open­ing panoramic roof, and a Rock­ford Fos­gate Pre­mium sound sys­tem with nine speak­ers.

It also fea­tures a suite of ad­vanced driver as­sis­tance sys­tems in­clud­ing LED head­lamps, 360˚park­ing cam­era, Blind Spot Warn­ing (BSW), Rear Cross Traf­fic Alert (RCTA), Lane Change As­sist (LCA) and Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol (au­to­matic only).

SPE­CIAL LAUNCH EDI­TION

There’s also a spe­cial UK ‘ First Edi­tion’ model avail­able for a lim­ited amount of time, with a suite of fancy ex­tra like car­bon-fin­ish bumper cor­ner and a side ex­ten­sion kit with red in­serts.

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