The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross was unveiled during the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. It’s an all-new SUV that aims to slot inside Mitsubishi Motors Corporation’s global lineup that currently consists of vehicles such as Outlander and Outlander PHEV, and the ASX compact SUV.
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Even as it is unveiled, the new Eclipse Cross will without a doubt find itself in a rival-infested crossover marketplace. On basic dimensions alone, it compares to Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape, Hyundai Tucson, and Honda CR-V, to name a few. To help ward off these notoriously competitive options, Mitsubishi says the new model, for the most part, is handsomely styled, capable, and features an array of up-to-date technology.
Moreover, it fuses dynamic SUV mobility and sharp coupe looks with the automaker’s performance and styling. In terms of performance, Mitsubishi says the new model comes with distinct features able to elevate the driving experience. The all-wheel drive system is enjoyable, and savvy buyers will find its smartphone connectivity indulging.
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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Review
- exterior redesign
- interior changes
- engine specs & performance
- price & Release date
The exterior of the latest Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is uniquely designed in various ways. One, the fenders look beefy and project the vehicle’s powerful athleticism. Two, the rear gate has been sharply cut off. And three, its wedge profile is distinct thanks to the strong character lines and beltline.
Up front, Mitsubishi says the vehicle comes with what it calls Mitsubishi Motor’s Corporation’s Dynamic Shield (MMCDS) design concept. It wields a protective shield at the front end and is represented by a black radiator grille. This, the automaker says, demonstrates the level with which the vehicle is determined to protect both the passenger and the car.
At the rear, the new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross gets a cubist styling created by the forward-rake rear window and stretched rear lamps.
While the interior seems to be a huge departure from anything we’ve seen in the past, it still appears to carry over some cheap and lackluster materials. These are however limited to the trim and dashboard panels. On the bright side, the seats feature premium features such as contrast stitching and leather upholstering.
Away from the materials, the new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross also offers an impressive collection of connectivity, infotainment and convenience features. For example, the vehicle comes equipped with the Smartphone Link Display Audio system, a Head Up Display, and a Touchpad Controller.
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Smartphone connectivity is via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Also, Mitsubishi says you can use either the Smartphone Link Display or Siri to be able to make calls, listen to music, access text messages, and get traffic info.
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Engine Specs & Performance
Mitsubishi is yet to disclose the output and spec figures. Nonetheless, the new model should be expected to come equipped with an all-new direct injected 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine paired to a new CVT system.
Besides these, the automaker has also indicated its intentions of expanding the offers to include a 2.2L diesel engine. Pairing for this powerplant should be via the 8-speed automatic. And should you decide to get feisty, there’s the electronically-controlled 4WD system mated to the Super AWD control system option.
Pricing & Release Date
At this point no one really knows how much the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will be offered for. However, my crystal ball tells me that Europe will get it first this coming fall, after which America’s release date will follow shortly. Pricing should start at around $22,500 for the base model.
But you’d be wrong to assume the compact SUV segment is a ghost town. The segment, as I said before, is awash with all manner of competition. Some rivals here include the Nissan Rogue, Mazda CX-5, Kia Sportage, and Hyundai Tucson. But for the sake brevity, we will only discuss two options – the Rogue and the CX-5.
So what bragging rights does the Rogue have? Well, for starters, the Rogue is one with some praiseworthy aspects. For example, it scores high in terms of the cargo capacity and seat comfort. Additionally, it is comfortable, has a rich collection of user-friendly technologies, and features best in class front seat comfort. On the downside however, its poor exterior visibility and lethargic acceleration make it an eye sore. Pricing is competitive and starts from a low of $25,765.
Introduced back in 2013, the CX-3 from Mazda on the other hand is a stylish small crossover SUV. Its handling and steering are a nuance relative to other vehicles offered here. Again, it is superbly quiet on the highway, and its cabin is attractive. Pricing starts from around $25,185 for the base model.
I can’t really get over the fact that Mitsubishi decided to drop both the Lancer and EVO program. Unexpected things seem to be the order of the day there. This notwithstanding, I’m optimistic with the recent offering although not as much about its name. Except for the name, I’m set to join Mitsubishi bandwagon of wishing it all the best as it tries to make a name for itself in this rival-infested segment.