Mitsubishi got in early on the current craze for SUVs and a model revolution means a big update for the adventurous Eclipse Cross. The popular five-seat SUV has taken a step upmarket and further honed its driver appeal. It’s also adopted a spruce new look: a redesign of the front grille, lights and valance gives the car a sporting stance and the rear sculpturing leaves a dynamic impression. Capping things off is a colour palette featuring seven appealing metallic hues and stylish 18-inch alloy wheels.
Once again, the Eclipse Cross promises taut and agile handling in a smooth-riding car that excels around town but loves to escape the blacktop. Two variants are available – the 2WD Eclipse Cross and the AWD model, which maximises stability and roadholding with its Super All Wheel Control driving system. Both are powered by a 1.5-litre MIVEC turbo-petrol engine that delivers 112kW and 254Nm of torque for ample performance. And in each case, the smooth automatic transmission has eight speeds and a Sports mode.
In terms of equipment levels, our pick is the Eclipse Cross in luxurious VRX trim. This spec level incorporates leather seats, an integrated dual sunroof, and an invaluable Head-Up display that projects critical driver info into your line of sight.
A leather steering wheel houses audio, cruise control and hands-free phone function, while a crystal-clear 8.0-inch touchscreen display takes care of infotainment options. These include the all-important Smartphone Link Display Audio that connects seamlessly to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Meanwhile a Multi-Around View Monitor gives you a bird’s-eye view of surroundings in the broad central display screen.
Besides the latest braking technology, the Eclipse Cross also offers an intelligent safety net with Forward Collision Mitigation and Lane Departure Warning. Occupants further benefit from seven airbags and the reassurance of a five-star ANCAP safety rating.
As you know, a reputation for reliability precedes any new Mitsubishi and a five-year Diamond Advantage warranty applies. For absolute peace of mind, Mitsubishi covers the powertrain for 10 years.
So, if you’re looking for a versatile SUV that’s great to look at, superb to sit in, fun to drive, brilliantly sized, and cost-effective to run, the compelling Eclipse Cross comfortably eclipses much of the opposition.