Mitsubishi has recently introduced the all new Eclipse Cross to the South African market and it is most certainly not the Eclipse we remember from The Fast & The Furious movie! This model is aimed to compete directly against the Hyundai Tuscon, Peugeot 3008, Mazda CX-5 and Hyundai Creta.
I feel that the all-new Eclipse Cross has quite a bold, but appealing look to it with all the sharp lines and chrome accents that feature throughout the car. There is however a design flaw that I don’t quite understand, and it is that of the rear “light bar”… Now, I should mention that it is not a functioning light bar, but more of a fashion statement in a world, where it seems rear light bars are becoming increasingly popular. Perhaps Mitsubishi plan to add a real one in future models. As it stands it could create a problem amongst buyers of this car, because the bar runs across the rear windscreen and blocks the driver from being able to see cars traveling behind you, which may be a cause for concern.
Interior & Specs:
There are currently 2 variants of the Eclipse Cross that are available, which are only separated by FWD (R399 995) and 4WD (R449 995). The FWD model we had features a 2.0L, 4-cylinder petrol unit that pushes out 110 kW and 198 Nm of Torque. Interestingly, both of these models have the same interior features coming as standard, such as; a touch screen infotainment system, all-round electric windows, Sat-Nav, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, USB connectivity, heated front seats, climate control, multi-functional steering wheel, a pop-up Heads Up Display (HUD), rear-view camera, parking sensors, as well as automatic light/rain sensors, which is impressive to say the least. All of this helps to provide a relaxing and comfortable, day to day driving experience.
Mitsubishi say that the Eclipse Cross can achieve 7.9L/100 km, however after we had the car for about a week, we only managed to get it closer to 9.0L/100 km.
As this is aimed to be a family car, safety is going to be a top priority for Mitsubishi, so the car comes standard with; 7 airbags, ISOFIX child seat mounts, Anti-Lock Braking (ABS), with Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), as well as Brake Assist Systems (BAS), Active Stability Control (ASC), traction/yaw control and hill start assist. If that isn’t enough to persuade your thoughts about the safety on this car, it has also received an incredible 5/5 stars in the Euro NCAP crash and safety assist tests.
Let’s just get straight to the point… It drives like a dream! With the addition of a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) gearbox in the Eclipse Cross, it adds to the comfort and elegance of the driving experience, because you hardly notice the gear changes, unless you are a bit heavy with your right foot. Often, CVT gearboxes are frowned upon amongst motorists because it lacks the engagement between car and driver. Now for a car of this size, that is not what matters, despite the addition of the big paddle shifters to influence sportier driving. The only time you might find yourself changing gears manually is for economical driving or to pull off a swift overtaking maneuver (Using the paddles may prove to be a bit sluggish at times). I personally enjoyed the smoothness of the CVT gearbox because it also creates a quieter cabin on the open road with low Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH).
The Eclipse Cross is competitively priced and kitted out with loads of technology as standard, but is this the mid-sized family SUV for you? Well, despite the minimal flaws, it makes a strong case for itself and is unlikely to disappoint thanks to its incredible driving ability.