By Barry Green
Mitsubishi has added a new small SUV to its stable with the arrival of the Eclipse Cross Coupe.
Priced from $30,500, it goes on sale in dealerships nationwide on December 22.
Positioned between the top-selling ASX and Outlander models, the Eclipse Cross is the first of Mitsubishi’s new generation.
It is 50mm longer, 28mm higher and shares the same width as ASX. Cargo capacity is 341 litres with the back-row seat in its rear-most position, 448 litres in the forward-most position and 1000+ litres with the seats folded.
Mitsubishi sees it as a rival for the Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson and Mazda CX-5.
The Eclipse Cross is available in two specification levels and three variants: LS 2WD ($30,500), Exceed 2WD ($36,000) and Exceed AWD ($38,500). The latter uses the latest generation of Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system that offers a choice of three advanced drive modes: Auto, Snow and Gravel.
Common to all variants is a 1.5-litre, direct-injection turbo petrol four-cylinder engine producing 110kW of power @ 5500rpm and 250Nm peak torque @ 1800rpm.paired with an 8-step CVT.
Developed with Mitsubishi Motors’ Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) vehicle body, seven airbags and seatbelts designed for passenger protection, Eclipse Cross provides class-leading safety, the company says.
Collison safety is further enhanced with a high-shock absorbing front end and safety spaces under the bonnet.
The Eclipse Cross has achieved a maximum five star ANCAP safety rating.
Active safety technology is also extensive and includes Forward Collision Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, Automatic High Beam, Adaptive Cruise Control and Hill Start Assist.
The Exceed variants also boasts Blind Spot Warning with Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Head-Up Display, the latter displaying essential vehicle information through an image projected on the windscreen above the instrument panel.
Look for more details and our drive review when the Eclipse Cross is officially launched in Tasmania in January.
(Prices not inclusive of on-road costs).