Mitsubishi took the wraps off of its Eclipse Cross CUV late November, revealing details and specs for a vehicle that, sadly for some Mitsu fans, is not a revival of the old sports car that badge used to belong to.
The new Eclipse Cross is instead a crossover, one powered by a 1.5-litre 152-horsepower four-cylinder mated to a CVT driving power to all four wheels.
Above and beyond some simple 4WD system, though, the Eclipse Cross will come standard in Canada with S-AWC (Super All-Wheel Control), which monitors the Active Stability Control (ASC), Anti-lock Brakes (ABS), and Active Yaw Control (AYC) to specifically meter out torque to each wheel as appropriate. AUTO, SNOW, and GRAVEL modes help the driver give the system an idea what it’s working with.
A host of active safety systems are also available on Eclipse Cross Adaptive Cruise Control to Forward Collision Mitigation.
Mitsubishi says the level of quality and refinement is better than it’s been in any of their previous vehicles, with premium materials everywhere you touch. Standout features for the brand include a heads-up display (HUD); available heated rear seats; and a two-pane panoramic sunroof.
Finally, outside, Mitsubishi says it gave Eclipse Cross a coupe-like, wedge-shaped profile, designed to evoke a powerful athlete. This is balanced by “almost cubist” styling out back, and the “dynamic shield” grille. The CUV is available in a new five-layer Red Diamond metallic paint.
The 2018 Eclipse Cross starts at $27,798 and tops out around the $35,000 for the highest trim, before options. You can expect to see them in Canadian showrooms in March 2018.