Bolder style, tech & performance set improved Eclipse Cross apart
It was not difficult for us to like the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. We were immediately impressed how the original disrupted the highly competitive South African compact sport-utility vehicle scene. It’s since gone on to prove a game changer in Mitsubishi’s already most competitive SUV line-up. A sleek and sporty segment breaker and a compelling value proposition, the Eclipse Cross is already a hugely popular choice among lifestyle charged SA families.
NEW ECLIPSE CROSS STARS ON SPACE
Now this striking, practical, comfortable and well equipped sport ute has benefited an impressive upgrade. It now stars on space, improved performance and enhanced tech, and most significantly, even greater value for money. 140 mm longer than before, it packs a high tech new engine. And benefits Mitsubishi’s latest take on its bold, sharp and sculpted Dynamic Shield design language. To make an even more sophisticated statement on the road.
That extra length brings a sleeker, more adventurous character. Dusk-sensing auto-levelling daytime-running projector twin oval LED headlamps and front fog lamps contribute to its high-tech image. Sportier rear styling meanwhile benefits a sculpted new single hexagonal glass design to replace the old split rear window. And new Y-shaped 3D tail lamps extend elegantly upward and inward to frame the new rear window.
The improved Eclipse Cross also has cool new 18-inch alloys, a front skid plate, roof rails and a rear spoiler with high-mounted stop lamp. Add power folding wing mirrors, rain-sensing wipers and front and rear park distance control.
SPLENDIDLY EQUIPPED COOL CABIN
Keyless entry makes for easy access to Eclipse Cross’ plush cabin. Where comfy leather seats now feature power adjustment and heating for both the driver and front passenger. The leather-clad tilt and telescopic multifunction paddle shifter steering wheel comes with audio and cruise control. It also runs Eclipse Cross’ new Mitsubishi integrated Intuitive Technology infotainment. To connect, entertain, guide, protect and alert the driver and passengers.
With heads-up display, Android Auto and Apple Car Play, the eight-inch display mirrors your smartphone, yt has voice control. Bluetooth connectivity and USB ports accessory ports and comes with a new premium Mitsubishi power sound system. So you can seamlessly get directions, make calls, send and receive messages and play your favourite music. The system also displays trip info, fuel consumption, climate and other trip and onboard info and there’s a reversing camera too.
Eclipse Cross has electronic power steering and an auto-hold electric parking brake and power windows front and rear. It has fully automatic air-conditioning with a rear passenger vent. Anti-theft protected it has central locking with auto door lock. That increased length also ensures that there is plenty head and leg room for all. And a larger 437 litre boot capacity too. That can be upped to 1,074 litres with the 60/40 split rear seats laid flat. Without compromising on a full sized spare wheel.
FULL ACTIVE & PASSIVE SAFETY SUIT
A full active and passive safety suit includes everything from seven airbags to ISOFIX child seat anchors. And Mitsubishi RISE body construction with side-impact protection bars. Add ABS anti-lock braking with brake assist and electronic force distribution. And active stability and traction control with yaw control and hill start assist.
There’s more good news under the bonnet. Mitsubishi’s new 110 kW 250 Nm turbo 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine is mated to an eight-step Invecs-III CVT gearbox. Driving the front wheels, it has brisk acceleration, impressive performance and outstanding fuel efficiency. It joins the proven 110 kW 198 Nm normally aspirated multipoint fuel injected 2-litre MIVEC DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder. With a six-step version of the Invecs-III CVT.
PRICED TO STUN
Best of all, Mitsubishi’s Eclipse Cross is aggressively positioned. It has a host of added features and benefits versus the outgoing model. Along with a three-year/100 000 km warranty and five-year/90 000 km service plan. Priced to stun, the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is ready to cement its place as a class leading compact SUV.
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Pricing 2.0 GLS R459K 1.5t GLS R499K