New Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SUV revealed

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

The SUV will sit above the ASX and Outlander; on sale in early 2018

The all-new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has been revealed ahead of its UK launch in early 2018.

The all-wheel drive SUV has coupé-like styling inspired by the XR-PHEV concept from 2015 and will sit above the ASX and Outlander models in Mitsubishi’s lineup.

Although the plug-in hybrid Outlander PHEV has been a success, the Japanese manufacturer has been left behind in the crossover boom with cars like the Nissan Qashqai far out-selling Mitsubishi’s offerings.

Mitsubishi now has a new boss after Carlos Ghosn left Nissan to take the helm, so a wave of new models is expected but the Eclipse Cross will do much to boost sales in a growing market in the short term before its future plans are revealed.

It will have the option of two powertrains – a new 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine with a new CVT transmission that is said to feature an eight-speed Sport Mode manual override.

The other powertrain is the 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel which is said to be specifically modified for the Eclipse Cross and gets a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

It gets the same Dynamic Shield front-end design as the ASX and Outlander, and also gets a new red body colour.

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Inside, the Eclipse Cross gets a tablet-like infotainment system with a Smartphone Link Display Audio system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also gets a touchpad controller and head up display, and the rear seats have a 60:40 split.

Pricing and UK specifications will be announced closer to its 2018 release date but its starting price is expected to be higher than the Outlander, which starts from £24,984.

Future plans for the company include a replacement for the Outlander and Outlander PHEV, which is expected in 2020, while a more direct Juke rival, smaller than the ASX, is tipped for a 2019 launch. 

It’s not clear when the ageing Mitsubishi Shogun will be replaced, although reports suggest an equally rugged new model has long been under development.

Source: Autocar Online

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