Mitsubishi have a relatively new design concept, Daring Grace, and under this the designers have extended the front and rear overhangs to express the elegant and dynamic proportions of the Eclipse Cross.
The front end adopts an evolved Dynamic Shield design concept, including new headlamps and LED daytime running lamps. The restyled rear creates a more sleek and elegant appearance, while also expressing the strength and toughness of an SUV.
When you open the door, the Eclipse Cross welcomes you in with premium finishes, ergonomic comfort, and abundant features. For its medium size there is actually a decent amount of room inside. The rear seats offer ample legroom and with a new, larger headrest design, all five seats are comfortable.
There is a new improved 8” touch screen infotainment system that delivers effortless connectivity and Mitsubishi’s Smartphone link Display Audio (SDA) technology links Eclipse Cross with your phone via Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. The screen is now mounted in a position closer to the driver for improved touchscreen operability and visibility.
The redesign has increased luggage room to 405-litres, which is a significant increase from the previous model. For larger loads, the rear seats can be folded forward.
Carried over from the previous model, the Eclipse Cross comes with the 1.5-liter MIVEC direct injection turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The MIVEC engine is all-aluminum and lightweight and seems to balance the distinct priorities of power and efficiency. Now while there is power, it only works well when it comes to doing longer trips. It feels rather flat and lacking in acceleration when you really want the power.
This does partly come down to the engine being paired with an eight-speed sports mode continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Eclipse Cross has been designed to optimize low fuel consumption and this has led to a disappointing experience when doing anything other than long road trips.
The new Eclipse Cross road performance is made possible by an electronically controlled 4WD system in combination with Mitsubishi’s well-established Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) system.
S-AWC offers integrated control of Active Stability Control (ASC), Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) and Active Yaw Control (AYC) to regulate braking force and torque. The integrated control of these systems with finely tuned rear suspension by adopting the rigidly connected rear suspension crossmember produces vehicle behaviour true to the driver’s intent and delivers ample manoeuvrability.
Driving in the city and local suburbs the Eclipse Cross really feels like it has found its home. Take it on highways, country roads and mountains and the Eclipse Cross begins to show that it really shouldn’t be there.
While it drives smoothly, it is not the quietest inside and really does not have a great feel on twisty roads. There were no spirited drives in this SUV because it is a city dweller and belongs amongst the tall buildings of the manicured grass of suburban front yards.
For drivers’ peace of mind, the new Eclipse Cross employs driver assistance technologies such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Mitigation system (FCM), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Blind Spot Warning (BSW) with Lane Change Assist (LCA) and Automatic High Beam (AHB) in response to the acceleration, deceleration or stopping of the vehicles or objects ahead.
It comes with a 5-star ANCAP rating, offering additional peace of mind.
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It seems that Mitsubishi have wanted to fill a gap in between their own SUVs. They have and it is the Eclipse Cross. While it is not a bad SUV overall, it lacks room of the Outlander and the nimbleness of the ASX.
If you plan on staying within the city or do not care for enjoyment of fun weekend drives, the Eclipse Cross could be for you. While that is harsh to say, there are better options within the brand to buy.
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross LS AWD $35,090 plus on-road costs.