Eclipse Cross: the tech tour

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SMART­PHONE COM­PAT­I­BIL­ITY

The stan­dard Smart­phone Link Dis­play Au­dio (SDA) in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem sup­ports both Ap­ple CarPlay and Android Auto. We tested CarPlay. Plug in your iPhone to con­trol func­tions di­rectly via the Eclipse’s touch­screen, in­clud­ing phone calls, texts, mu­sic and maps.

TOUCH­PAD CON­TROLLER

In­ter­act with the in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem via the touch­screen or Touch­pad Con­troller. Swip­ing your fin­ger across the pad high­lights var­i­ous op­tions, while press­ing down on the squishy sur­face con­firms your choice. Swip­ing up or down with two fingers con­trols the vol­ume.

DRIVER-AS­SIS­TANCE SYS­TEMS

The base Eclipse Cross gets For­ward Col­li­sion Mit­i­ga­tion to au­to­mat­i­cally brake the car, Lane-De­par­ture Warn­ing and an Au­to­matic High-Beam Func­tion. Topspec cars add Blind-Spot Warn­ing with Lane-Change As­sist and Rear Cross Traf­fic Alert, plus Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol.

HEAD-UP DIS­PLAY

Head-up dis­play is stan­dard on mid-spec Eclipse Cross 3 cars (from £22,575). It au­to­mat­i­cally ap­pears from the dash top to project key info in the driver’s line of sight, such as speed, for­ward col­li­sion mit­i­ga­tion and shift in­di­ca­tor. The dis­play an­gle and bright­ness can be ad­justed for dif­fer­ent driv­ers/ light con­di­tions.

360-DE­GREE CAM­ERA

A rear-view cam­era is stan­dard; top-spec cars get four cam­eras to pro­vide a com­pre­hen­sive view around the Eclipse on the cen­tral touch­screen. This com­pos­ite bird’s-eye view should help you spot any ob­sta­cles lurk­ing next to the car. Be­low 9mph, ul­tra­sonic sen­sors also warn of ob­jects close by.

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