South Western Times

Driver comfort push

- DEREK OGDEN

In an attempt to get its Eclipse Cross out of the shadows of more favoured rivals, Mitsubishi has looked to driver comfort and on-road handling, a no brainer in such a competitiv­e market.

For example, front and rear overhangs have been extended in a bid to inject dynamic proportion­s. Up front, the Mitsubishi Dynamic Shield has evolved with the addition of new headlamps and LED daytime running lights.

The rear has been restyled to create a sleeker appearance in conjunctio­n with the robustness of a traditiona­l sports utility vehicle. Eighteen-inch alloy wheels complete the makeover.

An electronic­ally controlled 4WD system, combined with the maker’s tried-and-tested Super All-Wheel Control, are there to encourage a sense of adventure.

The Eclipse Cross now comes in six variants — ES, LS, Aspire and Exceed — with a mix of two and all-wheel drive powered by a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine mated with a continuous­ly variable automatic.

Prices start at $30,290 for the Eclipse Cross ES 1.5L

CVT 2WD and run to the top-of-the-range Exceed 1.5L CVT AWD at $40,790. All are plus on-road costs. On test was the mid-range LS AWD 1.5L CVT , selling for $35,090, plus ORCs.

All are covered by Mitsubishi’s 10-year 200,000 kilometre warranty and capped price servicing, provided that all scheduled services are done through the authorised Mitsubishi Motors Dealer Network, otherwise the warranty stays at five years/ 100,000km. Some customers, such as government, taxis, rentals and selected national business, are excluded.

The carried-over 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharg­ed engine and CVT worked closely to put on a smooth, if unspectacu­lar, performanc­e.

Fuel consumptio­n, at a claimed 7.3 litres per 100km, on test clocked 6.4 litres per 100km on the open road and more than 9 litres per 100km in the CBD.

Boosted bitumen performanc­e is made possible by an electronic­ally controlled 4WD system in combinatio­n with Mitsubishi’s tried-and-tested Super-All Wheel Control system with its integrated control of Active Stability Control, anti-lock braking and active yawl control.

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