Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross compact SUV revealed

Pablo Tucker
February 28, 2017

Its distinct styling, with that sharply raked rear roofline, is the biggest difference between the Eclipse Cross and its other SUV counterparts. The standard red coating is layered with a semi-transparent red and clear coating to create high levels of colour saturation, which gives off a deeper and more three-dimensional finish.

The new interior tech also boosts the car's connectivity with the installation of the Smartphone Link Display Audio system, a Touchpad Controller and Head Up Display.

There's no word on boot space, but the rear seats will be 60:40 split fold only and the rear seats will offer slide-and-recline adjustment. This is integrated with the car's stability control and an active yaw control system, which manages drive between the rear wheels to help maintain control. The driver can use Siri*4 or the Smartphone Link Display Audio's touch screen to receive directions optimised for traffic conditions, make and receive calls, access text messages, and listen to music, all in a way that allows them to stay focused on the road.

The system supports the Android Auto which provides voice-controlled operation of Google Maps, Google Play music and other apps.

It has yet to reveal final power outputs for both engines, but said both will feature an electronically-controlled all-wheel drive transmission as well the company's Super All-Wheel Control vehicle dynamics system.

Two powertrains have been confirmed for the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross - a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine connected to a new eight-speed CVT gearbox, and a 2.2-litre turbo diesel paired with a conventional eight-speed torque converter automatic.

Measuring 4405mm long, 1805mm wide, 1685mm high and riding on a 2670mm wheelbase, the Eclipse Cross features a three-point front suspension strut tower and "strategic use of structural bonding" at the rear to increase body rigidity.

Aesthetically, the Eclipse Cross gets the same Dynamic Shield front-end design as the ASX and Outlander, plus a new red exterior paint colour.

The new Eclipse Cross will compete in the hotly-contested C-SUV segment, against rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai and Renault Kadjar.

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