Mitsubishi has come to action in the Indian market after a long silent period with the recent launch of the all new Outlander. Although the Japanese UV maker has taken a long time to be active again in the happening Indian auto market, the company is now expected to pull up its socks and introduce more new products soon. In fact, Mitsubishi is already gearing up to bring in its new Eclipse Cross to India. The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a 5-seater compact SUV, which is equipped to the brim and already impressing the international SUV buyers.
Uttam Bose, the MD at Mitsubishi India, while talking to the media on the sidelines of the new Mitsubishi Outlander launch revealed that the Eclipse Cross is actually preparing to make its way to India. As some features are mandated by the Indian regulations, the Eclipse Cross will come to India braced with these features by 2020.
Bose has confirmed by saying that among the Mitsubishi products that are in the pipeline for Indian launch, the Eclipse Cross will be coming sooner. The Eclipse Cross is already powered by BS-VI compliant engine. The vehicle only needs to be equipped with OBD-II, a speed alert system and a seat belt reminder system and it will be ready to launch in India.
The Eclipse Cross is based on the modified version of the Outlander’s platform. Post its Indian launch, it will go up against the other premium compact SUVs already selling in India, but dimension-wise it is slightly larger than the popular Jeep Compass.
In terms of looks, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross gets a bold and sporty visual appeal with a heavily chrome laden front fascia, a coupe-like sloping roofline and attractive split-tailgate styling. The 5-seater Eclipse Cross gets a plush and heavily loaded interior. Deepending on its variant, it offers leather seat upholstery, a 7.0 inch touchscreen infotainment system along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, a premium Rockford Fosgate audio system, dual-zone climate control, a 360-degree parking camera, a head-up display and a panoramic sunroof among much more.
The Eclipse Cross is also highly focused on safety and is braced with advanced safety equipments including 7 airbags, a lane departure warning system, rear cross traffic alert, a collision mitigation system and much more. The SUV boasts of Euro NCAP’s 5-star safety rating.
Globally, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross gets a 1.5L turbocharged petrol mill offering 163 hp of power and 250 Nm of torque, paired with a CVT gearbox. In India, the SUV is expected to come with a BS-VI compliant 2.2L diesel motor likely coupled with an 8 speed automatic transmission. The global petrol Eclipse Cross is available in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options, the diesel could be equipped with AWD as standard.
We think that Mitsubishi has done a wise thing by deciding to launch the Eclipse Cross in India, as the premium compact SUV market is really booming here. If Mitsubishi can price it right, then the Eclipse Cross might become a game changer for the company.
Moreover, India will get many premium compact SUV/crossovers in future and the highly feature loaded Eclipse Cross will only heat up the competition. It can be safely said that the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will be a great rival of the highly successful Jeep Compass in India.
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