Mitsubishi’s latest Coupe SUV is sort of a culmination of the recent trend, where car makers are gearing towards building a model that has sporty looks and yet is different. This is where the Eclipse Cross comes in to look like a coupe but drive like an SUV. How is it different?
While maintaining the brand’s ‘Dynamic Shield’ front design concept found on all of Mitsubishi’s current SUVs, the rear is a distinction on its own. The high-mounted, stretched rear lamps horizontally divides the forward-rake rear window into two. Due to this, there could be quite a polarising opinion when looking out towards the rear. When illuminated, the rear-lamps and brake lights form a single bar of light that runs across the rear design. The wedge shaped profile, coupe lines and daytime running lights gives the Eclipse Cross a character unlike others.
With the 4WD model arriving second quarter 2018, the Eclipse Cross features a 1.5-litre turbocharged MIVEC engine outputting 161 hp with a maximum torque of 250 Nm from 1,800 to 4,500 rpm mated to a INVECS III CVT with 8-Speed Sports Mode.
For the 4WD model, the system combines electronically-controlled with the brand’s Active Yaw Control (AYC), the Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) system. The S-AWC system supplies optimal drive torque to the rear wheels, as well as optimal drive and brake torque to the left and right front wheels for incredible stability and control. The 3-point strut tower brace at the front enhances body rigidity.
The cabin of the Eclipse Cross is modern and familiar, yet offers a different approach to that of the Outlander for example. When available, Smartphone Link Display Audio through the 7-inch display allows the driver to see a host of information, and operate through the Touch Pad Controller. The system is also Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible. For drivers, the Head Up Display also makes it easier to view vehicle speed and other information safely.
Yet, the highlight for the interior has to be the rear seats. With a 9-step reclining and 200 mm sliding adjustment, it is the only SUV in its class that offers such flexible legroom for the passengers, as well as boot space.
Having been awarded ASEAN NCAP’s five-star safety rating thanks to Mitsubishi’s RISE body safety, the Eclipse Cross also features advanced safety technologies such as Forward Collision Mitigation System, Automatic High Beam and Hill Start Assist. 7-Airbags, Multi-around Monitor round up the safety available.
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