For the first time, Mitsubishi makes an entrance with its newest, edgy and tech packed Cross Eclipse, set to Dominate the Crossover Utility Vehicle segment. It’s nicely tucked between the Mitsubishi Outlander and Mitsubishi ASX in the Mitsubishi family lineup.
The designers of the new model Eclipse Cross decided very early to create a dynamic, distinct, agile and sophisticated car that defines the new design philosophy of Mitsubishi. With a rich history of a fun to drive car, The Eclipse was at its time one of Mitsubishi’s best selling models. With the new Eclipse Cross, Mitsubishi hopes to revive the old eclipse legacy of great driving dynamics into a new generation car. The new Eclipse Cross comes loaded with an impressive assortment of new tech and safety features.
The new Eclipse Cross features Mitsubishi’s DYNAMIC SHIELD front design concept that embodies a high gloss piano black that gives a premium sporty finish that is exciting to look at. It features a sharp looking pair of headlights with a set of Daytime Running Lights that distinguish it well from competition.
Mitsubishi’s new design language defines the rear end of the Eclipse. A rear spoiler nicely tucks away the rear mirror wiper. A new tubular LED taillight forms a continuous brake light spanning across the rear dissecting the rear mirror in two. when illuminated it helps give off a brave appearance in the rear. The second half of the rear window descends into a brick-like finish of the rear tailgate.
The Eclipse rides on new and well capable 225/55 R18 alloy wheels encompassing the vehicle’s both front and rear disc brakes that are incredible at washing down the vehicle’s speed. A new shade of Red Diamond, a high gloss premium metallic paint is available across the model range.
A newly designed interior that is well implemented greets us upon entry into the car. Mitsubishi design team presents us with a new dimension on design that signals an exit from the traditional somber design of Mitsubishi. A well executed interior features luminous silver and piano black accents wrapped up in high quality material.
A high resolution infotainment system sits dominantly above the dashboard and features Android Auto and Apple Carplay functionalities. The volume dial has been removed to make way for a new touchpad that allows for tap and swipe motions for ease of use and ensures minimum distraction while driving.
Mitsubishi incorporates a new color Head Up Display mounted beyond the steering wheel and well into the driver’s line of view. It feeds the driver information on speed, lane departure warnings, front collision mitigation system, cruise control and paddle shift gear position. Leather seats in orange stitching help the Eclipse maintain a premium allure.
Mitsubishi really outdone themselves in the design of this new car and includes an impressive set of new features such as both front and rear heated seats, comfortable metallic paddle shifters, heated steering wheel, dual climate control, two USB ports and the signature Rockford Fosgate audio system.
Mitsubishi also includes new safety features for the eclipse such as Adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, front collision mitigation system, reverse and side cameras and lane departure warning system.
Overall length: 4405mm
Overall width: 1805mm
Overall height: 1685mm
Ground clearance: 180mm
Engine and Transmission
Mitsubishi offers a well capable 2 liter 16 valve DOHC MIVEC engine that produces 110kw/6000 rpm and 198Nm/4200 rpms. It is coupled to a 6 speed INVECS III CVT transmission with sports mode. A 2WD drive system comes as standard for the Kenyan market and helps transfer the power to the ground. It also has a 63 liter fuel tank that is surprisingly bigger than that of it’s bigger sibling the Mitsubishi Outlander.
“The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is an all new product offering in one of the largest segments in the automotive industry. Our research and analysis show that the CUV category will continue to grow for many years, and with the addition of the Eclipse Cross, Mitsubishi is well positioned with the right products at the right time. With its distinctive styling,advanced technology and all new interior, the Eclipse Cross will be a very competitive CUV in its segment.” Don Swearingen, Executive Vice president and Chief Operating Officer.