13 April 2018

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 2018 Car Review

An all-new vehicle from a manufacturer is something like a breath of fresh air to the automotive market; the Eclipse Cross from Mitsubishi Motors is just that, and some!

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Designed as a snug fit between the current Outlander and ASX in size, but exceed both in terms of latest styling, performance and technology.

The excitement piece for Mitsubishi has to be the fitment of an all-new 1.5ltr Direct Injection Turbo engine and CVT with 8-speed Sport Mode. This method actually puts some of the fun back into driving with the CVT transmission due to the power delivery from the turbo being produced at lower revs than previous non-turbo applications.

When looking at the exterior design, a few different vehicles come to mind, however the new Advanced Dynamic Shield front fascia (sounds very superhero-like) still shouts “Mitsubishi”. Laced with chrome accents, 18” alloy wheels, and privacy glass as standard, the Eclipse gives off a markedly premium vibe.

The hero colour is Red, Brilliant Red, and thanks to a multi-layered base and clear coat process – featuring a rich red pigment, highly reflective aluminium flakes and mica, viewing on a clear sunny day is quite impressive.

Boasting an impressive range of safety features as standard, and creating a strong platform to be built upon leading up to the top-spec VRX model. The addition of radar functionality, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning (with lane change assist), Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Multi-Around View Monitor make the VRX a very attractive proposition.

More premium features have been added to the adaptive cruise control, which now allows low speed operation even to the point of standstill, increased following distance settings, and improved detection around corners and when vehicles cut in.

The Eclipse is a great drive, very comfortable which is exactly what Mitsubishis are always known for, and now there is a vehicle that remains as functional as ever, with more oomph, premium look and feel.

So if the best vantage point for the next celestial phenomenon happens to be a little off the beaten track, the AWD Eclipse Cross is a safe bet to get you there – and in style and comfort too. With no expense of the latter, the 2WD provides a competitive entry point for discerning motorists who want to experience the most exciting phenomenon to enter Mitsubishi’s orbit in recent years.

At a glance


Eclipse Cross: XLS, VRX


1,500cc DI Turbo


From $41,690 +orc

ANCAP safety rating

5-Star ANCAP


112kW, 254Nm Torque


CVT Step Shift Control Transmission

Fuel economy combined


Towing capacity

1,600kg braked, 750kg unbraked


2WD and AWD models available

Seating capacity


Luggage capacity Ltr/Payload Kg

Not listed

Safety systems

Airbags: Driver, Passenger, Side, Curtain & Driver's Knee


Smart Brake and Brake Assist

Active Traction Control

Forward Collision Mitigation

Lane Departure Warning

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