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ITSUBISHI'S Eclipse Cross sits
somewhere between the Japanese
marque's ASX and Outlander but
has a personality all of its own. Its
compact dimensions belie its spaciousness
and complemented by generous inclusions,
this SUV is punching above its weight.
The Eclipse Cross is offered here in
Australia in three grades, the mid-level LS,
the newly arrived entry-level ES and the
top-spec Exceed. The versatile crossover is
pushing hard to make its mark in a segment
that surprisingly still has some wiggle room.
The Eclipse Cross may very well be one of
the more stylish examples in the Mitsubishi
stable featuring trademarks of the brand with
a modern twist. The reserved front end with
the new grille combines well with a more
sculpted rear for a car that is noticeable in a
busy mid-size SUV segment.
The Eclipse Cross carries this attitude
inside too for an interior that is sensible and
practical but an obvious step up from some
of the more tired of Mitsubishi's offerings.
Drivers familiar with the brand will recognise
the instrumentation with a favoured blue hue
and some of the switchgear as well.
But on the whole, the designers have
opted for sleeker lines, a simple mix of
materials and uncomplicated dials and
buttons which help add to that sense of
spaciousness usually amiss in an SUV of this
Storage options are effective with two
cupholders upfront, bottle holders in the
doors and compartment for phones and keys.
Standard kit in the top-of-the-range Exceed
is generous and includes others, dual-zone
climate control, auto headlights and LED
daytime running lights, rain-sensing wipers
and reverse camera.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross features a dual
control 7.0-inch infotainment unit that works
through a touchpad in the centre console. Like
those featured in luxury brands, we found the
touchpad fiddly with the intuitive touchscreen
more suited to changes on the run.
There is a six-speaker sound system with
DAB+, Bluetooth connectivity for phone
calls and audio streaming. The system pairs
seamlessly with your smartphone for Apple
CarPlay and Android Auto which means you
can happily use your favourite apps.
Navigation is through smartphone too with
the Eclipse Cross going without an in-built sat-
ENGINES / TRANSMISSIONS
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross range is
powered by a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol paired with
a CVT automatic. The engine is good for 110kW
of power and 250Nm of torque.
Despite their efficiency we are not usually
mad for a CVT, but in the Eclipse Cross full
torque is available low down the range which
makes smooth CVT performance.
The Eclipse Cross gets a five-star ANCAP
rating thanks to a long list of active and passive
features. Along with seven airbags, including
one for the driver's knees, a 360-degree camera
and blind spot. It also gets rear cross traffic
alert, lane change assist, active cruise control
and a new forward collision warning system.
The front seats are supportive and able
to accommodate wider shoulders, with the
driver's seat electrically adjustable as you
search for that optimum spot.
Passengers in the rear can travel in comfort
with room under the front seat for feet and
headroom not particularly disadvantaged by
the sloping roof or sunroof unless you are a
tall adult. More legroom is available should
you wish courtesy of the 60:40 sliding rear
seat which borrows space from the boot when
The boot itself is quite compact, which is
not unexpected in a vehicle of this size, with
a higher loading lip and a space saver spare
under the floor.
The raised driving position in SUVs are often
an advantage in terms of visibility, and while
that is the case with the Eclipse Cross, visibility
is hampered somewhat by the split rear
window. The lower entry point for the rear seats
makes it slightly tricky for parents strapping
young kids into their seats, the two IsoFix
points are certainly handy.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a nifty little
unit well suited for the challenges of urban
driving. The chassis is set up for a compliant
ride which offers comfort over bumps and
common road irregularities.
Our test car featured Mitsubishi's all-wheel-
drive system which gives an added sense
of surety under foot. In practical terms this
equates not only to stability in wet conditions,
for example, but also in confidence into
corners, composure through roundabouts and
a more settled drive overall.
You will find the Eclipse Cross an
enthusiastic participant who gets about its
job with such little fuss that you will be happy
to look the other way when execution doesn't
always match the intention.
It is an easy car to navigate around the city
and shopping centres, is able enough once at
speed on highways and sturdy on unsealed
It may need a reassuring breath when
carrying a load up a hill, can be slow to start
when asked for a burst of speed and the
steering is lighter than you might like, but its
good manners and willing nature are hard to
Our Eclipse Cross used around 8.5L/100km
(official figures are 7.7L/100km) but you can fill
it up with 91RON which makes a nice change.
Eclipse Cross with a five-year/100,000km
warranty – unlimited distance would have been
a nicer touch. Servicing prices are capped for
the first three visits with service intervals at
15,000km or 12 months.
The Eclipse Cross is a lovely surprise package
from Mitsubishi. It's pleasing exterior, modern-
like flexible interior and generous inclusions
and safety package make it a real consideration
for buyers who want more space than a small
SUV but with a compact footprint. In the
Eclipse Cross, Mitsubishi have found a real
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Exceed pricing
Price: from $38,500
Engine: 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol
Output: 110kW at 5500rpm and 240Nm at
Transmission: Continually Variable
Fuel: 7.7L/100km (ADR Combined)
Warranty: 5 years/100,000km
Safety Rating: 5 star ANCAP
For up to date news on the Mitsubishi range,
contact Hutchinson Motors LMCT 6390, corner
Ninth Street and Deakin Avenue, phone 5021
6300 or visit www.hutchinsonmotors.com.au
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross gives buyers a
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