MITSUBISHI has introduced the second-generation Eclipse Cross and it’s promising to cause a stir in the highly competitive compact sport-utility vehicle (SUV) market.
The newcomer is not only a game changer for Mitsubishi in terms of attractiveness, but is a segment breaker with sleek, sporty design and SUV capabilities.
Key features of the new range include a striking new exterior design, an extensive list of comfort features, improved practicality, proven performance, impressive safety credentials, enhanced technology and connectivity, and greater value for money.
Mitsubishi Motors SA general manager Nic Campbell said: “Through dynamic performance, spirited design and progressive technology, the new Eclipse Cross is crafted to ignite passion. It will inspire customers to be bold and to break away from the norm.”
The new model’s vibrant styling creates a fresh sportiness and stylishness, while the sharply moulded lines make a bold statement on the road.
Its design is a balance between the sporty wedge shape of a coupe and the practicality, space and comfort of a SUV.
Apart from creating an adventurous character, this creates a sense of sophistication.
The cabin has an upgraded sporty design and is packed with an extensive selection of features.
“Spaciousness is one of the greatest strengths of the new Eclipse Cross. Finding a comfortable driving position is easy, thanks to electric seat adjustment, now standard for both driver and passenger seats, while maintaining plenty of head and leg room for all occupants,” said Campbell.
It will be offered in two derivatives: both are front-wheel drive and feature a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
There are two engine options, the first being Mitsubishi’s latest 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo-charged petrol engine.
It delivers impressive performance of 110 kW at 5 500 rev/min, with 250 Nm of peak torque.
This powerplant is coupled with an eight-step automatic INVECS-III CVT gearbox which supports smooth, powerful acceleration and outstanding fuel efficiency.
The second engine option is the 2.0-litre MIVEC DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engine which uses a multipoint fuel injection system and offers 110 kW.
The new Eclipse Cross range is priced aggressively, starting from R459 995 for the 2.0 GLS derivative and R499 995 for the 1.5t GLS.