Mit­subishi Eclipse Cross

Mit­subishi may have closed the door on the Lancer’s il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer and has opened an­other on the Mit­subishi Eclipse Cross XLS.

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What is a Mit­subishi Eclipse Cross? Well, if you take a Mit­subishi ASX and pump it up by a few hun­dred pounds or you take a Mit­subishi Out­lander and trimmed it down some, you’d have an Eclipse Cross. Though in the in­ter­ests of ac­cu­racy, the Eclipse Cross sits atop an Out­lander plat­form which makes it larger by a smidge than its ri­vals in class. Of course, that’s only part of the pic­ture. This gives you the phys­i­cal size of the fresh and funky five-seater SUV. It doesn’t tell you that that the Eclipse Cross is likely to be the next Triple Di­a­mond su­per­star. It uses a new gen­er­a­tion en­gine, which can trace its an­ces­try back to 2004. The 1.5-litre tur­bocharged MIVEC en­gine in­cor­po­rates di­rect in­jec­tion and port in­jec­tion to de­liver smooth and en­thu­si­as­tic per­for­mance. This com­pact en­gine has been matched to an eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion with pad­dle shifters. This combo is a well-suited match-up and com­ple­ments the fresh look of the Eclipse Cross, which is a lit­tle fa­mil­iar but a lot fresher, par­tic­u­larly around the boot area, where Mit­subishi has con­trived a mod­ern look and in­jected some se­ri­ous styling cues. In­side, the Eclipse Cross is a happy mix of great spa­tial con­sid­er­a­tion for five oc­cu­pants and some new driver-friendly tech – like the touch pad Com­man­der track pad which con­trols car/driver in­ter­fac­ing. And the car/driver in­ter­fac­ing is so­phis­ti­cated too: along with mu­sic con­trol­la­bil­ity, Ap­ple Carplay, An­droid Auto and Google maps are avail­able through the cen­tre touch­screen which you now don’t have to touch and get grubby fin­ger­prints all over – you can use the pad in­stead. To drive – which is what we should be do­ing with our cars th­ese days – the Eclipse Cross is a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde trick. It’s per­fectly happy trundling about town all day long, yet it has the abil­ity to rapidly spool up the turbo quickly and with­out fuss for those times when you need – or want – a lit­tle more get up and gone. Han­dling is ex­cel­lent with the donor Out­lander’s char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally muted body­roll even fur­ther re­duced in the Eclipse Cross and with the added ad­van­tage of Mit­subishi’s Su­per All Wheel Con­trol adding in­creased sta­bil­ity. Mit­subishi’s sound engi­neers have re­ally done the com­pany proud with this SUV. Given its ac­tual size – rather than its com­pact, ap­par­ent one – and its sharply chis­elled edges, the Eclipse Cross is a dod­dle to park and its re­verse cam­era is spec­tac­u­larly ac­cu­rate for those trick­ier than they look park­ing spots. Mit­subishi has in­stalled as much techno-wiz­ardry pos­si­ble to keep Eclipse oc­cu­pants safe. This in­cludes lane change as­sist, for­ward col­li­sion mit­i­ga­tion, au­to­matic head­light dip­ping, ad­justable speed lim­iter, hill start as­sist and ac­tive trac­tion con­trol, along with Smart brake and brake as­sist. Fi­nal anal­y­sis: the Mit­subishi Eclipse Cross is a wor­thy – if not wor­thier – re­place­ment for the Mit­subishi Lancer. It may not have the rally cre­den­tials, but it cer­tainly has the tech, the style (sub­jec­tive yes, but valid as no one can deny its there) and of course, Mit­subishi’s con­sis­tently cus­tomer-fo­cused eye on sharp pric­ing, along with the Di­a­mond Ad­van­tage war­ranty pro­gramme. A win­ner? Most as­suredly.

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