Mitsubishi launches second generation Eclipse Cross

Mitsubishi set to upset compact SUV segment with aggressively priced new Eclipse Cross

Reuben Van Niekerk
Mitsubishi
Eclipse Cross
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Mitsubishi is hoping to disrupt the highly competitive compact SUV segment with the introduction of the second generation Eclipse Cross.

The Eclipse Cross offers a sleek, sporty design and SUV capabilities while being a compelling value proposition for customers.

 

Key features include a striking new exterior design, an extensive list of comfort features, improved practicality, impressive safety credentials, enhanced technology and connectivity and greater value for money.

 

Vibrant exterior design

Updated styling adds a fresh sportiness while the sharply sculpted character lines make a bold statement on the road. The design combines the elements of a sporty wedge shape of a coupe with the practicality of an SUV. The Eclipse Cross is now 140mm longer while the dynamic shield concept ensures an expressive yet dynamic front face. Details such as twin oval headlamps contribute to the high-tech image.

 

The rear end of the Eclipse Cross has evolved significantly. The split rear tailgate has been replaced by a sharply sculpted hexagonal design and now features a single piece of glass. The taillights now feature a three-dimensional Y-shaped design and follow the shape of the rear windscreen.

 

Additional exterior features and equipment include amongst others Projector LED headlights, Daytime Running Lights, Front and Rear park distance control, front bumper skid plate, 18-inch alloy wheels and roof rails.

 

Inside story

The interior of the Eclipse Cross features an upgraded sporty design that is jam packed with an extensive selection of features.

 

Electric seat adjustment is standard for both the driver and passenger seats. The increased length also means a larger boot capacity of 437 litres, which increases to 1 074 litres with the rear seats folded flat.     

 

The Smartphone-Link display features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay mirroring, trip information, fuel consumption data, vehicle health indicators and air-conditioning comfort display settings via an eight-inch display.

 

Technology and convenience additions include a new premium Mitsubishi sound system, multi-function steering wheel with audio and cruise control functionality, paddle shifters, heated front seats, accessory sockets and USB ports to name a few.

 

A heads-up display projects relevant information onto the windscreen allowing drivers to remain informed while keeping their eyes on the road. 

 

Under the bonnet

The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will be offered in two derivatives, both featuring front-wheel drive and using CVT transmissions.

 

Mitsubishi’s 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine delivers 110kW and 250Nm and is coupled to an eight-step INVECS-III CVT transmission that keeps the engine at optimum performance an enhances fuel consumption.

 

The second engine option is a 2.0-litre MIVEC DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engine that offers 110kW and 198Nm. This engine is paired to a six-step INVECS-III CVT transmission that ensures effortless acceleration from any speed and a smooth ride.

 

Impressive safety credentials

Like all Mitsubishi models in South Africa, the new Eclipse Cross is fitted with a full suite of advanced active and passive safety features including but not limited to seven airbags, ABS with BAS and EBD, active stability and traction control and a rear view camera.

 

Pricing and availability

The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is now available at Mitsubishi dealerships countrywide.

 

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 2.0 GLS

R459 995

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 1.5t GLS

R499 995

 

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