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All-new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross set for launch in UK

  • Fastback SUV from Mitsubishi UK
  • Three versions – Eclipse Cross 2, 3 and 4
  • Manual and auto – and a special launch version
2018 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE CROSS: Image: Mitsubishi UK / Newspress
2018 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE CROSS: Image: Mitsubishi UK / Newspress

CIRENCESTER, England – An all-new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will be available in Britain with stickers reading from the equivalent of R372 000 when it goes on sale in January 2018.

The SUV, Mitsubushi told Carman’s Corner in a media release, was developed with three core areas – inspiring design, driving dynamics and advanced technology – and will be available in three trim levels: Eclipse Cross 2, Eclipse Cross 3 and Eclipse Cross 4.

For now each will be powered by a new 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine capable of 122kW and 250Nm driving a six-speed manual or advanced new automatic transmission with Sport mode, manual override and paddle-shifters (depending on model).

2018 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE CROSS: Image: Mitsubishi UK / Newspress
2018 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE CROSS: Image: Mitsubishi UK / Newspress

The new transmission, Mitsubishi adds, will benefit from the packaging and running-cost benefits of a constantly variable transmission with the smoothness and responsiveness of a traditional auto.

COCKPIT ‘DRIVING ENVIRONMENT’

The  Eclipse Cross will be available with two- or all-wheel drive, the latter incorporating the latest of Mitsubishi system that has three drive modes – auto, snow, and gravel.

The Eclipse Cross, it’s claimed, is “extremely well-specified” – even the entry Cross 2 will have a  touch-pad controller, smartphone display audio compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rear camera, radio with six speakers, cruise control, aircon, diode daytime running lights, Bluetooth, 16″ alloy wheel rims, privacy glass and heatable external mirrors.

“The cockpit-style ‘driving environment’ in the Eclipse Cross,” Mitsubishi says, “reinforces its focus on driving pleasure and cabin space, the latter enhanced by slide/recline adjustment for the 60:40 split rear seat on all models.

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“To optimise loading comfort and facilitate the carrying of loads of various sizes and shapes, the rear seat-back has eight recline settings and the base has up to 200mm of fore/aft travel.”

All versions will have lane-keeping, front collision mitigation, anti-lock brakes, stability control, hill-start assistance,  seven crash bags, auto-on and self-dipping headlights, and rain sensors – each standard on the entry-level Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 2.

FLAGSHIP LINED WITH LEATHER

The Eclipse Cross 3 adds 18″ alloy wheel rims, head-up display, heatable front seats, front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone aircon, keyless entry/start, power external mirrors, silver sills and an electronic handbrake (auto versions).

The flagship Eclipse Cross 4 builds on the 3’s specification with leather upholstery, powered driving seat, power sunroof, RockfordFosgate Premium sound system with nine speakers, and a suite of driver assistance systems that includes diode headlights, all-around parking camera, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic coverage, and “following” cruise control.

2018 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE CROSS: Image: Mitsubishi UK / Newspress
2018 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE CROSS: Image: Mitsubishi UK / Newspress

A First Edition special – only 250 units – based on the Eclipse Cross 4 will be available for a short time with a premium paint finish, carbon-finish bumper corner and side extension kit with red inserts, extra silver styling details front and rear, First Edition mats with red trim, and First Edition badging.

The cars will go on sale in the UK in October 2017. You can find out more on the EclipseCross website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Service intervals 20 000km or annually. Warranty five years or 100 000km.

 

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