JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, launched originally in South Africa towards the end of 2018, has downsized its engine to a 1500cc unit from the previous two-litre but added turbocharging.
Though 25% of its cylinder volume has disappeared the engine is said to deliver 110kW at 5500rpm and 250Nm from 2000-3500rpm to spin a continuously variable gearbox optimised, its maker says, towards fuel efficiency .
The shell is unchanged but blue and white finishes have been introduced.
The all-aluminium engine uses direct fuel-injection and a single-scroll turbocharger to take the two-wheel drive leisure buggy to 100km/h in less that nine seconds (should you be so inclined!) using an eight-step constantly variable gearbox which, Mkitsubishi says, can achieve 7.7 litres/100km – 13km/litre is not, however, really something to shout about from a 1.5 engine.
Paddle shifts on the steering-wheel can be invoked should the driver feel like overriding the CVT.
The cabin design and layout is similar to that of the Eclipse Cross 2.0 launched in South Africa a year earlier with carbon-fibre door inserts an addition to earlier models.
Eclipse units will have a full-size alloy-rimmed spare wheel a head-up display showing vehicle information in full colour on a glass panel above the instrument cluster for easy viewing without the driver having to take eyes off the road.
The display can be expanded or retracted altogether but, whatever, the car’s tech and connectivity, a slew of modern control/info stuff also exists: tilt/telescoping and leather-wrapped steering-wheel assembly pocked with audio and cruise-controls buttons.
Bluetooth, powerED windows all round, auto aircon, leather upholstery – the front seats heatable, the rear sliding and tiltable – accessory sockets and USB ports are part of a features list that includes
- Power-folding external mirrors
- Diode headlights/daytime running lights with auto on/off according to external light and foul-weather lights
- Auto screen wipers
- Front and rear parking radar
- Rear ”spoiler” with third breaking light
- Front belly plate
- 18″ alloy wheel rims
- Roof rails
Crash mitigation and protection equipment includes:
- Seven crash-mitigation bags
- Side-impact protection bars
- Child-seat anchors
- Anti-brakes with electronic pressure
- Hill-start assistant, stability and traction control
- Auto door-locking
- Keyless doors and ignition
- Rear video
The 1.5T joins the existing two litre range of Eclipse two- and all-wheel-drive units.
…AND SO TO THE PRICES:
”The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 1.5T, its maker reports, ”enters its segment with better performance figures than that of its the two-litre models and is positioned at the top of the range.”
Eclipse Cross 2.0L CVT (two-wheel drive) – R409 995
Eclipse Cross 2.0L CVT (AWD) – R449 995
Eclipse Cross 1.5 T CVT (two-wheel drive) – R459 995
Warranty and Service
The new model is covered by the same manufacturer’s warranty of three years or 100 000km*, five-year or 90 000km* service plan, and five-year, unlimited distance, roadside assistance.
Service intervals 15 000km.
*Whichever comes first.