Mitsubishi is hoping customers will be looking at its new compact SUV as an early Christmas present when it goes on sale December 22. Although more expensive than the Outlander, the new Eclipse Cross sits between it and the compact ASX to expand the Japanese brand’s SUV range.
“Mitsubishi has a long history in developing innovative and exciting new models and the Eclipse Cross will build on our reputation as a leader in the SUV segment,” said John Signoriello, Mitsubishi Australia CEO. “We are excited to be able to announce the details of the forthcoming Eclipse Cross and we are looking forward to a strong 2018, as our expanded SUV range hits the road.”
The Eclipse will be offered in two trim levels, LS and Exceed, with the former only available in two-wheel drive but both will share the same engine. Standard equipment on the LS includes 18-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, front fog lights, keyless entry and ignition, cruise control, cloth seats, Bluetooth, 7-inch infotainment touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and a six-speaker sound system.
Standard safety equipment includes airbag protection for all occupants, reversing camera, autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warning.
Exceed models are available with all-wheel drive and come equipped with more standard equipment such as LED headlights, dual-zone air-conditioning, panoramic sunroof, head-up display, leather-trimmed upholstery, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.
The top-end model also includes Mitsubishi’s ultrasonic mis-acceleration mitigation system, which can detect if a driver has accidently hit the accelerator pedal at low speeds (below 10km/h) and reduce engine power accordingly.
The only available powertrain, for now, is a 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission. The engine produces 110kW of power and 250Nm of torque and when driving the two-wheel drive it returns a combined fuel consumption of 7.7L/100km; in all-wheel drive it is a little thirstier, returning 7.7L/100km.
Available from the end of December, pricing for the LS starts from $30,500 and the Exceed two-wheel drive is priced at $36,000 (plus on-road costs), while opting for the all-wheel drive Exceed will add an additional $3,500.
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross pricing and specifications
On sale: December 22
Price: LS 2WD $30,500, Exceed 2WD $36,000, Exceed 4WD - $38,500 (plus on-road costs)
Engine: 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol
Power: 110kW at 5500rpm
Torque: 250Nm at 2000-3500rpm
Transmission: CVT automatic, front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive
Fuel use: 7.3L/100km (2WD)/7.7L/100km (4WD)