Nissan Qashqai gets yet another rival
Mitsubishi has revealed its answer to the Nissan Qashqai, the all-new Eclipse Cross, scheduled to make its official public premiere at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show next week. If the car looks familiar to you, that’s because it shares most of its design components with the XR-PHEV and XR-PHEV II concepts, revealed in 2013 and 2015.
Think of it as a larger ASX with coupe-SUV bodystyle, positioned below the Outlander in the brand’s lineup. At the front, the compact SUV features Mitsubishi’s so-called Dynamic Shield design concept with a massive radiator grille, flanked by chrome strips and a pair of sleek headlights. The overall profile is muscular thanks to the prominent character line at the door handle level and the raked roofline. The rear end is dominated by the high-mounted, stretched LED rear lamps, dividing the rear window into upper and lower segments. Distinctive, huh?
The Eclipse Cross features an all-new 1.5-litre direct-injection, turbocharged petrol engine with yet unspecified power, mated to a newly-developed CVT transmission with eight-speed Sport Mode manual override. Power distribution is managed through an electronically-controlled 4WD system, which sends the optimum amount of torque to the rear wheels depending on the situation. The Active Yaw Control system (AYC) distributes torque and brake force between the rear wheels, using information on steering angle, yaw rate, drive torque, brake force, and wheel speed.
Diesel fans will be able to opt for the familiar 2.2-litre turbodiesel unit, which has been retuned specifically for the Eclipse Cross. It gains a new eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Exact specifications are expected next week, when the model will make its first public appearance in Geneva. Sales across Europe are planned to start in early 2018 with prices and availability to be announced closer to its on-sale date.
Gallery: Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
CIRENCESTER – Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will debut the all-new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show on 7 March 2017 (Hall 2, 10:15 UK Time).
The all-new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will join MMC’s global line-up of 4X4 and SUV vehicles - including the Mitsubishi ASX compact SUV, Outlander mid-size SUVs – and is due to go sale in the UK early in 2018.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will compete in the C-SUV segment and will appeal to style-conscious drivers its sharp coupé looks and muscular SUV stance, as well as its advanced levels of connectivity and all-wheel control technology which delivers an enjoyable, reassuring feel that elevates the driving experience.
Characteristic Dynamic Design
The sharp and dynamic Mitsubishi SUV coupe form is distinguished by its wedge profile with its bold beltline and strong character line; a forward raked rear window; the sharply truncated rear gate and short overhang; and muscular wings that contribute to an athletic appearance.
The front design of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross features MMC’s trademark Dynamic Shield concept, which refers to the protective shield shape visually formed by the black central area and highlighted by bold brightwork on either side of the grill. Distinctive auxiliary lamps are recessed deep in the front fascia adding drama and sophistication to the SUV’s front-on appearance.
At the rear, the high-mounted, stretched rear lamps divide the rear window into eye-catching upper and lower segments and when illuminated the tubular LED and central LED brake lights form a single bar of light running across the tail, giving the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross a broad and unmistakable appearance from the rear.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross also heralds the arrival of a new red body colour. The standard coating is layered with semi-transparent red and clear coating, and this creates high levels of colour saturation with a highly-refined finish.
Inside, the new SUV’s dashboard is shaped using horizontal lines, with silver metal frames and a black and silver monotone color scheme helping create a sense of refinement that is both dynamic and sporty. With its table-like infotainment display and new Head Up Display, the futuristic cockpit inspires a sense of excitement for the driver. For maximum comfort and flexibility, the rear seat features a 60:40 split with long slide-and-recline adjustment.
Connectivity that inspires new adventures
The Eclipse Cross is fitted with the Smartphone Link Display Audio system, a Touchpad Controller and Head Up Display. Together they allow the driver to access different types of information conveniently and safely.
Smartphone Link Display Audio supports Apple CarPlay*1, the smarter, safer way to use your iPhone*1 in the car. The driver can use Siri*4 or the Smartphone Link Display Audio’s touch screen to receive directions optimised for traffic conditions, make and receive calls, access text messages, and listen to music, all in a way that allows them to stay focused on the road. Smartphone Link Display Audio also supports the Android AutoTM*2 which provides voice-controlled operation of Google MapsTM,*2 Google PlayTM*4 music and other apps. The Touchpad Controller can operate audio functions like radio, as well as Apple CarPlay.
Placing the Touchpad Controller in the centre console allows the driver to easily operate the Smartphone Link Display Audio.
The Head Up Display unit makes driving safer by presenting vehicle speed, data from the active safety systems and other necessary information that minimises eye movement and provides instant readability.
Enjoyable and stable driving dynamics with all-wheel control technology
Eclipse Cross uses an electronically-controlled 4WD system that feeds the optimum amount of torque to the rear wheels depending on the driving situation and the road surface. MMC’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) integrated vehicle dynamics control system incorporates brake-activated AYC*3.
The addition of a three-point strut tower brace at the front and the strategic use of structural bonding at the rear in particular have increased body rigidity. The stronger body and detail optimisation of the suspension ensure precise handling and superior vehicle stability.
Eclipse Cross offers two powertrains that deliver an outstanding balance of power, performance and efficiency. The new 1.5-litre direct-injection turbocharged petrol engine is available with a new CVT transmission with 8-speed Sport Mode manual override, while MMC’s proven 2.2-litre common rail direct-injection turbocharged diesel engine is modified specifically for Eclipse Cross is fitted with a new 8-speed automatic transmission.
The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is due to go on sale in the UK early in 2018 with pricing and final UK specification to be announced closer to its on-sale date.
MMC stand at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show
Together with the Eclipse Cross, the MMC stand will also showcase the Mitsubishi eX concept – the manufacturer’s electric compact crossover show car, ASX, Outlander and L200.