Mitsubishi’s all-new mid-sized SUV, the Eclipse Cross has just gone on sale in the UK, six months after its global debut. Positioned in between the ASX and Outlander, the Eclipse Cross is set to rival other five-seater SUVs such as the Volkswagen Tiguan, Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5.
In UK, the Eclipse Cross is motivated by a sole, all-new 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces 163 hp and 250 Nm of torque mated to a choice of six-speed manual or CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) with eight-stepped ratio and Sport mode. Sprinting to 100 km/h from standstill takes 9.3 seconds on the 2WD CVT equipped Eclipse Cross while the manual clocks in a full second slower at 10.3 seconds. The heavier 4WD CVT completes the century sprint in 9.8 seconds.
The Eclipse Cross is available with two- or four- wheel drive configuration, the latter gets Mitsubishis latest generation Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system, an electronic dial that optimises the vehicles dynamics to three driving modes – Auto, Snow and Gravel.
Another highlight of the Eclipse Cross is the standard safety equipment across the range, inclusive of seven-airbags, ABS, Active Stability Control, Hill Start Assist, Brake Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) and automatic high beam. Yep, even on the cheapest variant on sale.
Depending on variant, the Eclipse Cross comes equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless-entry and start, leather upholstery, rear view camera, privacy glass and panoramic sunroof. Range topping variant gets additional 360-degree parking camera, Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Lane Change Assist (LCA) and Adaptive Cruise Control (automatic only).
Prices for the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross starts from £24,975 (RM142k) to £27,900 (RM158k). What do you think dear readers? Think this all-new high-tech SUV with its aggressive styling have what it takes to take on other giants?