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    New Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross – a cool, capable crossover

    by contentdeveloper on Wednesday, Oct 18 2017

    The global SUV frenzy is not expected to end soon; on the contrary in the coming years the demands of the SUVs are likely to be much higher. In such a time, Japanese SUV maker Mitsubishi brings out the Eclipse Cross which aims to win over the buyers despite being a late entrant in the modern SUV market.

    The global SUV frenzy is not expected to end soon; on the contrary in the coming years the demands of the SUVs are likely to be much higher. In such a time, Japanese SUV maker Mitsubishi brings out the Eclipse Cross which aims to win over the buyers despite being a late entrant in the modern SUV market.

    Taking the opportunity of a rare total solar eclipse that happens once in a century, Mitsubishi took the wraps off its new Eclipse crossover to the world. However, this Eclipse is not anything extraordinary, but is worthy and capable nonetheless. It can charm with its capabilities on the busy urban streets, the highway stretches and also on the dusty off-roads, equally well.

     

    Mitsubishi offers its new Eclipse at a starting tag of £21,275 and offers it in both two-wheel Drive and All-Wheel Drive versions. In terms of transmission there’s manual 6 speed or paddle-shifting CVT automatic gearbox options. However, when it comes to the engine, there are no choices at all.

    Mitsubishi didn’t choose to go the diesel way for its Eclipse, and it is available with only a 1.5 litre turbocharged petrol engine. The engine, being a petrol is definitely refined and also very responsive and offers great performance, especially on lower revs. The Eclipse is also going to come in a plug-in hybrid version, but not anytime soon, while a mild hybrid version is also not expected until 2019.

     

    The 1.5L petrol mill offers 163 hp of max power which doesn’t sound much, but the crossover offers a good, linear performance and a pleasant comfortable ride, while body roll is not much noticeable. The Eclipse can sprint from 0-62 mph in only 10.3 seconds, while offering a top speed of 127 mph.

    When pushed harder either for speed on the smooth roads or for romping around on bad terrains, the Eclipse impresses you with its maker’s acclaimed Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system with its DNA from World Rally adventures. The crossover offer great control and stability to confidently take on the roads no matter what condition.

    When styling is concerned, the new Mitsubishi Eclipse is based on the eX-Concept, while donning a familiar face that keeps in line with the new family of SUVs. It’s tapered rear design might give the impression of crapped rear seat. However, it is actually very spacious and offers sufficient legroom and headroom even at the back. There’s good cargo space as well to make it an overall complete package.

     

    The interior is very well designed and comfortable, while it also very loaded in terms of features considering its class. It offers touch-pad controller and touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay support, climate control, rear view camera and more. Higher trims offer premium leather upholstery and a plethora of active safety techs.

    The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross’ top-end trim is the First Edition tagged at £29,750, which is a limited edition model and comes flaunting all bells and whistles.

    In a nutshell, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is cool, capable, practical and affordable all in a neat package. It is always better to be fashionably late than never, Mitsubishi proves that.


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