Mitsubishi unveils plug-in hybrid version of Eclipse Cross for Australia and NZ

Andrew Cummings
October 16, 2020

Look for the 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross to arrive in US showrooms during the first quarter of next year.

MITSUBISHI has officially debuted its updated Eclipse Cross small SUV contender, which is set to touch down in local showrooms next month, with a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant confirmed for an Australian launch next year. The result is a vehicle that looks sleek, stable, upscale and unique. ECLIPSE CROSS' iconic three-dimensional taillights extend upwards and inwards, and enhance the look with a stable and wide presence. This combination features on the door trims, too.

Mechanically, U.S. -spec Eclipse Cross models are unchanged.

The cabin of this vehicle came with comfortable leather seats dedicated to 5 passengers, its positions and temperature can be controlled via advanced electronic systems, and the auto also got a new design for the steering wheel and transmission, and a distinctive steering interface supported by a modern multimedia system based on an 8-inch touch screen that can connect wirelessly With smart phones and devices. The layout has been altered slightly as well, positioning the new 8-inch smartphone-link display audio (SDA) system close to the driver and front passenger. The previous touchpad for its operation is gone, both for more storage space and, we hope, to make it easier to access functions.

It scores the twin-motor 2.4-litre 4WD PHEV from the Outlander, with a handful of changes to cope with the difference in size between the two cars (though it hasn't told us exactly what those changes are yet).

For the PHEV variant, the system automatically selects from three driving modes to suit various conditions: EV, Series Hybrid or Parallel Hybrid.

The Eclipse Cross has also received a light interior update, delivering a more sophisticated feel over the outgoing model. The use of a compact turbocharger is meant to not only reduce fuel consumption but also minimize turbo lag for a more dynamic drive.

The 2022 Eclipse Cross will continue to be powered exclusively by a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that generates 152 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The model comes with the automaker's proven S-AWC all-wheel-drive system.

Combining SUV versatility with bold, distinctive design, the ECLIPSE CROSS has won multiple global awards, including the Good Design Award in 2018 and the RJC Car of the Year in 2019.

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