All-new Eclipse Cross from Mitsubishi

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, July 7th, 2018

2018 Eclipse Cross

2018 Eclipse Cross

BY DAVID GOODSPEED
Special Contributor
autoworlddavid@yahoo.com

Not sure which crossover utility vehicle is right for you or
your family? Well, while you have been sitting there, the field has
gotten even more crowded. Welcome to the fold the all-new Eclipse
Cross from Mitsubishi. This CUV squeezes into the triple-diamond
showroom bookended by a duo of Outlanders.
Mitsubishi has resurrected a name from its past in the form of
Eclipse but this new model is no coupe or convertible with a lift kit.
The new Eclipse Cross is said to feature “coupe-like” styling but
honestly has no resemblance whatsoever with the Eclipse that was so
popular a couple decades ago in these showrooms.
Mitsubishi did seek to resurrect the fun-to-drive attitude with
this new model and loaded it with the latest new technology the
automaker offers.
The new Eclipse Cross features the most dynamic styling yet in
the modern Mitsubishi showroom, and is quite distinctive from the
sides and rear. At times I was reminded of a couple other models when
viewing the split windows of the rear hatch, one of which was the
much-maligned Pontiac Aztek…but Mitsubishi makes it work.
Inside we find comfortable seating for up to five in two rows
and under the hood is a peppy little turbocharged engine.
This new model is offered in front- and all-wheel drive models
(the latter a la Super All-Wheel Control with selectable drive modes).
Let’s talk about the powertrain and running gear for a moment.
Mitsubishi is offering only one engine and transmission setup in the
Eclipse Cross (for now) but in our week behind the wheel we found that
it worked quite well. A direct-injected, turbocharged 1.5-liter
gasoline engine provides the 152hp and 184 lb. ft. of torque needed to
make the Eclipse Cross go and it does so with a good bit of gusto off
the line. This is no rally vehicle and does not pretend to be but the
powertrain performs more than adequately. A CVT gearbox is mated to
the engine (the growing trend these days) but it does offer a sport
mode that simulates gear shifts for those not completely sold on a
continuous drive as the vehicle gains speed.
The S-AWC all-wheel drive system does a great job keeping the
vehicle headed where it needs to go in all types driving conditions
while not pretending to be a serious off-roader. Think of the new
Eclipse Cross as your foul- and fair-weather-driving friend.
There is a host of new safety technology offered in the Eclipse
Cross, some of which we have seen in the newest Outlander utility
models. These include blind spot warning and lane change assist, rear
cross traffic alert, forward collision mitigation, lane departure
warning, adaptive cruise control system, multi-view camera system, and
automatic high beam.
Mitsubishi also offers active stability control, traction control
logic, hill start assist, tire pressure monitoring system, and
electric park brake with auto hold.
Fortunately we rarely ever have to test the majority of these
safety systems but the peace of mind afforded just knowing they are
there delivers a more pleasurable driving experience.
Inside, Mitsubishi has given its new cute ute a more
driver-oriented cockpit with all of the important controls within easy
reach. Atop the center stack resides a 7-inch color touchscreen
display. Drivers also benefit from a new full color heads-up display
that delivers real-time driving information.
All of the basic creature comforts are here including digital HD
radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, Bluetooth
connectivity, satellite radio, touchpad controller, and redundant
steering wheel-mounted controls.
Trim levels offered include ES, LE, SE, and SEL with our tester
arriving in SE S-AWC packaging.
Mitsubishi Connect is a new subscription-based telematics service
that is debuting on the Eclipse Cross. It offers a host of connected
services including automatic collision notification, SOS emergency
assistance, driver information assistance, roadside assistance, stolen
vehicle assistance, alarm notification, mileage tracker, and remote
services for locks, climate control, lights, horn, car finder, vehicle
settings, and parental controls.
Pricing for the new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross begins at
$23,295. Our tester came rolling in with a final window sticker of
$28,310 – not bad for a turbocharged compact crossover with all-wheel
drive.
Fuel economy is rated for 25 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.
Driving the new Eclipse Cross we found the little turbo motor to
exhibit very good acceleration while not overpromising on performance.
We have tested other similar vehicles in this class recently and found
the Mitsubishi to be very competitive. We did get to take a few
corners and twisty roads with some enthusiasm and found the Eclipse
Cross to handle quite well with little body roll. It was easy to drive
and rode quite comfortably and quiet.
Front and rear seating accommodation is ample and supportive and
the vehicle feels a bit larger than the footprint it occupies and I
mean that as a compliment.
The new Eclipse Cross fits just above the Outlander Sport in the
Mitsubishi showroom, barely, but offers new styling and more spirited
driving over its stablemates.
There is a plug-in hybrid variant offered on the larger Outlander
and perhaps we will see some of that technology trickle down to the
Eclipse Cross. I think that would really elevate the appeal of this
new model while also bringing the necessary fuel economy improvement
to make the badge more competitive.
Mitsubishi just finished celebrating 100 years in the automotive
business and while they got down a few years ago things are looking up
for its consumer division so let’s hope they can keep the momentum
rolling.

Tags

Leave a comment

XHTML: You can use these html tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>