The first batch of the new Japanese SUV have arrived.

It's about to be launched in showrooms across the UK, and the first examples of the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SUV have finally arrived on our shores. The first shipment from Japan arrived in Bristol over the festive period, and even more are on their way ahead of the car's launch later this month.

The car's already been a hit with customers, says Mitsubishi, with attractive pricing and competitive finance packages persuading many to put their name down for one already.

'We anticipate that the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will quickly become one of our most popular models and we are preparing to meet demand, while also ensuring that lead times are optimised for customers, whether they are purchasing at a dealership or through Mitsubishi Buy Online,' said Mitsubishi's UK managing director, Lance Bradley. 'With its distinctive style, high levels of equipment and impressive value, the Eclipse Cross will appeal to a whole spectrum of car buyers.'

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Three trim levels are available for the new Eclipse Cross – 2, 3 and 4 (no, we don't know what happened to 1 either, maybe it's still stuck in Bristol). To celebrate the launch of the new SUV, Mitsubishi is also selling 250 'First Edition' versions of the car which come with a few extra goodies.

No matter which trim level you opt for, all versions of the car will be powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine, paired with either a six-speed manual an all-new eight-step CVT automatic transmission. If you opt for four-wheel drive, the manual will be off-limits.

Lane departure warning and radar-guided forward collision mitigation technology also come as standard, and have helped the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross to achieve a maximum 5-star Euro NCAP rating.

The Eclipse Cross is priced from £21,275 on the road, with the range-topping 4 version starting from £24,975.

Gallery: 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross