2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross – Old Name For a New Car

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The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is being badged as a new SUV with an old name; think of it as an Outlander medium – something between the Outlander Sport (compact platform) and Outlander (mid size platform). It will also feature the same signature grill and headlights from the current Outlander range.


Pricing and Engines

Contents

1. Pricing and Engines
2. Equipment Fitted
3. Driving
4. Release Date in the US
5. Stylish Car for a Small Budget

Price wise, it is going to be between $20,690 – $24,390 which puts it square in line with the competition.

Although there will be a number of engine choices worldwide, here in the U.S., we’re only going to get the 1.5 liter inline 4 with turbo charging. Not the most exciting engine, but then the Eclipse Cross isn’t going to set the world alight for being special, it just does what it needs to, and does it reasonably well.The little 1.5 liter 4 will be connected to a CVT (Constantly Variable Transmission) with 8 pre-programmed ratios, it will also have the ability to switch to all-wheel drive when needed.

Many people are saying that the purchase of a controlling stake in Mitsubishi last year by Nissan has made a significant difference to these models that are just launching, but the truth is that the Eclipse Cross had pretty much finished development before Nissan bought in to the company.

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross debut

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Equipment Fitted

For such a low price, the Mitsubishi is going to get some great equipment as standard, perhaps more than any other auto in this class, how about this as a starting list:
A brand new Smartphone Link Display Audio System which will support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, giving support for text messaging and SIM compatibility, a full color Heads Up Display (although projecting on to a smaller screen above the instrument panel rather than the windshield). The HUD will display speed and navigation instructions.

We will also have leather upholstery, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, dual zone automatic climate control, panoramic roof as options. Other standard equipment includes the S-AWC – Super All Wheel Control four wheel drive system with active Yaw control, automatic brake hold function, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring lane departure warning, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and navigation… all as standard, all within the $24,390 budget. You’d have to say, that’s quite impressive.

OK, so the Heads Up Display is perhaps a cheaper version, using a separate screen, but it works and it’s functional, sure, the motor leaves a little to be desired, some of the trim is at the lower end of the plastic market, but really – for the money, you’re getting a great package.

Add in the fact that Mitsubishi reliability as never been an issue and that Nissan will be pushing that even further, and it’s almost the perfect compact (ish) crossover vehicle.

Driving

But what will it be like to drive? First reports are that it’s decent. As we said earlier, this little Mitsubishi is never going to revolutionize the auto industry, but the handling and ride are said to be good, there’s no major issues of body roll or poor suspension setup and the steering is direct without being overly sensitive or too light (which is often the case in this type of smaller, compact crossover vehicle).

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Release Date in the US

Mitsubishi haven’t yet given a confirmed date for release in the U.S., all we really know is that it will be sometime either in the fall or just after in 2017, released as a 2018 model year.

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross release date: late 2017

Stylish Car for a Small Budget

The pictures that we’ve seen make the Eclipse Cross look quite stylish, it’s certainly pretty enough to live with the competition from the likes of Honda, Nissan, Chevrolet et al. As to whether packing that much technology into such a small budget will pay off remains to be seen – you’d have to ask where the money has been saved to allow the extra spending on tech and toys. Or maybe Mitsubishi have got it right and the other manufacturers have been doing things wrong all this time?

Whatever your thoughts on the Eclipse Cross, we’re not 100% convinced that there’s a need for a vehicle in between the current offering, but as with all the other manufacturers, Mitsubishi are just trying to cover as many bases as possible, therefore they are offering an ever widening range of vehicles, whether there is a need or not – just look at Rolls-Royce offering the big off-roader for example – trying to cover all the bases, whether it’s needed or not. (However, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan is hideously ugly – just the same as the Bentley Bentayga).

We know that Mitsubishi make great little auto’s, we think that Nissan’s investment should provide further improvements in to the line up, but how long will it be before we just get one manufacturer… Nisubishi?

What do you think of the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross? Is it something that you’re looking to buy? Let us know.

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The new crossover from Mitsubishi promising great level of equipment, fabulous design for an affordable price.

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