Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

13 February 2019

MITSUBISHI is hoping to make its rivals cross by eclipsing them with upgrades to its popular mid-range SUV, which first arrived here just a year ago.

The company has revealed that the range is already in line for improvements in a bid to maintain sales that have already passed the 80,000 mark.

Described as a Coupe SUV, the Eclipse Cross is said to appeal mostly for its sleek design in a sector of the market in which most competitors place practicality ahead of appearance.

However, for 2019 the shape stays the same but the appearance is enhanced and the equipment list improves.

There is also a new limited-edition Black Edition plus the addition of Mitsubishi Connect telematics, new machine-finished 16-inch alloy wheels and an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

Models with two wheel drive get active yaw brake control, whilst a new pearlescent paint option of very distinctive so-called lightning blue becomes an option.

Prices range from £21,290 for the two wheel drive entry-level version to more than £30,000 for the flagship model with four wheel drive and automatic transmission.

Challenging established favourites such as the Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008, SEAT Ateca and Toyota C-HR, the Eclipse Cross is powered initially only by a 1.5-litre petrol engine.

A diesel alternative is likely to follow, and there is a choice of manual or automatic transmissions.

There is a further choice of two or four wheel drive systems and three trim levels that are imaginatively named Cross 2, Cross 3 and Cross 4, although inexplicably there is no standard Cross or even Cross 1.

Prices start at £21,290 for the entry-level version, which has front wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission.

The turbocharged engine that is shared by all models generates 163bhp of power and 250Nm of torque, or pulling power for trailers, horseboxes and caravans.

The new automatic transmission with Sport mode, manual override and paddle shifters, is described as having the compactness and running cost benefits of a CVT with the smoothness and responsiveness of a traditional automatic.

This is linked to a sophisticated four wheel drive system that offers a choice of three advanced drive modes of Auto, Snow and Gravel.

The entry version comes with a touch-pad controller, smartphone display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rear view camera, DAB radio with six speakers, cruise control and climate control.

There are also LED daytime running lights, Bluetooth connectivity, 16-inch alloy wheels, tinted rear windows and heated door mirrors.

All versions get Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Mitigation, Active Stability Control, Hill Start Assist, Brake Assist, seven airbags, dusk and rain sensors and automatic operation of the headlamps.

The Eclipse Cross 3 builds on the specification of the 2 by adding 18-inch alloy wheels, a head-up display, heated front seats, front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and keyless start, electrically folding door mirrors, silver side sills and an electronic handbrake on automatic versions.

Completing the line-up, the flagship Eclipse Cross 4 adds leather trim, electrically-adjustable driver’s seat, panoramic sunroof, Rockford Fosgate sound system with nine speakers and a suite of advanced driver assistance systems.

These include LED headlamps, 360-degrees parking camera, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control.

All models come with a five-year warranty covering the first 62,500 miles.