South Western Times
Driver comfort push
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.