New Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SUV costs from £21,275

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Nissan Qashqai-rivalling SUV will sit between the ASX and Outlander in Mitsubishi’s range and goes on sale in January 2018 for a higher price than some competitors

Pricing for the all-new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has been revealed ahead of its UK sales launch in January 2018. The rival to Nissan Qashqai will be priced from £21,275.

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

This means the Eclipse Cross will go up against cars such as the Skoda Karoq and Seat Ateca. The car’s starting price places it £1980 above the Qashqai, £400 above the Karoq and £2935 above the Ateca.

The Eclipse Cross range is split into three trim levels: 2, 3 and 4, with a reversing camera, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, cruise control, heated door mirrors and 16in alloys standard from the ground up. 

3 trim starts £1300 higher than the entry-level 2, while 4 is £2400 above this. Four-wheel drive is only available on automatic-equipped cars and commands a £1500 premium on 3 spec, on top of the £1275 for the automatic ‘box. Cars equipped with four-wheel drive get three traction control settings, with Auto, Snow and Gravel modes available. 

A First Edition, limited to 250 cars, initially tops the range, at £26,825, rising to £29,750 with four-wheel drive and an auto gearbox. 

Although the plug-in hybrid Outlander PHEV has been a success, Mitsubishi has been left behind in the SUV boom, with cars such as the Qashqai far outselling its offerings.

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

The Eclipse Cross will have the option of two engines: a new 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol with a new CVT transmission that is said to feature an eight-speed Sport Mode manual override and a 2.2-litre diesel, which is said to be specifically modified for the Eclipse Cross and comes with a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

Aesthetically, the Eclipse Cross gets the same Dynamic Shield front-end design as the ASX and Outlander, plus a new red exterior paint colour.

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

UK specifications will be announced closer to the car’s 2018 release date.

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 that is 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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