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Mitsubishi's all-new Eclipse Cross arrives in SA

2019-02-25 13:15
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Image: Wheels24 / Janine Van der Post

The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has arrived in South Africa

The latest arrival in the Mitsubishi SA stable expands the local product offering to six distinctive models in the range (ASX, Outlander, Pajero, Pajero Sport, Triton and now the Eclipse Cross).

A rich DNA

"Eclipse Cross, which surpassed the global sales milestone of 80 000 units since its international launch 12 months ago, boasts a coupe-like exterior and is perceived more modern, distinctive, dynamic, advanced and sportier than most of its competitors," says Nic Campbell, General Manager of Mitsubishi Motors South Africa.

GALLERY: 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

The CVT model will be available in 4x2 and all-wheel drive (AWD), both with a 6-speed CVT gearbox with Sports Mode coupled to Mitsubishi’s 2.0-litre MIVEC petrol engine.

The latest model offers cutting-edge technology to deliver a bold action adventure compact SUV that takes you beyond the everyday.

"The three primary product attributes of the SUV are stimulating design, confidence-inspiring driving and human connectivity," says Campbell.

Confidence-inspiring Driving

Powered by Mitsubishi’s proven 2.0-litre Mivec engine, coupled to a finely-tuned 6-speed CVT with 6-step Sports Mode, the Eclipse Cross offers excellent acceleration that gives the new model a dynamic feeling behind the wheel.

Mitsubishi’s unique Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) ensures outstanding stability in all road and driving conditions, offering agile handling for unequalled safety.

S-AWC is the integration of the vehicle dynamics control system with the controls of each component around the all-wheel-drive system, offering the driver additional safety and comfortable driving.

S-AWC guarantees ultimate driving safety through the electronically-controlled AWD System which distributes driving torque as required. 

This leads to the ultimate longitudinal driving force distribution while the Active Yaw Control (AYC) ensures excellent lateral driving force distribution. This allows additional steering assistance on any terrain.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

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If the driver unintentionally brakes or accelerates too much in a normal turn in slippery conditions, the system helps the driver to maintain control safely with usual steering inputs.

S-AWC detects the vehicle’s position, decides the proper torque distribution between the front and rear and left and right wheels using power and brake control, ensuring sure-footed control.

The highly-efficient power train, with Smart Driving Assist and Active Smart Safety, offers confidence-inspiring driving and ultimate peace of mind.

Another outstanding feature is the full-colour Head-Up Display (HUD) that sharpens the sensitivity of human and machine connection.

Human Connectivity

It has an advanced human-centric cockpit thanks to its meticulously designed layout, giving the driver intuitive command of the vehicle in all conditions on or off the road.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

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As an optional extra, connecting your mobile device to a 7" touchscreen Infotainment system (with built-in GPS) via Bluetooth allows the driver through Voice Control to access the phone’s compatible apps and stored information to get directions, make calls, send and receive messages and enjoy music from the phone or any Apple Car Play and Android compatible device.

Standard equipment is a standard touch-screen radio.

Everything is taken care of thanks to a smartphone storage tray and USB connectors in the centre console.

Model features

Specifications for the local range include a host of interior and exterior characteristics as well as active and passive safety features:

Interior

On the inside, it offers complete style and comfort with bolstered seats giving the driver relaxed support and unchallenged visibility.

The HUD conveys relevant vehicle information in full colour above the instrument cluster for easy viewing without the driver having to take his or her eyes off the road. The image brightness and display height can be adjusted to suit driver preference and time of day.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

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The screen extends or retracts when the ignition is turned on or off.

Apart from the HUD, the sporty, meticulously crafted cockpit includes next-generation technology and connectivity, enhancing driver awareness and control, including:

• Tilt and Telescopic Steering Wheel

• Multi-function Leather Steering Wheel with Audio and Cruise Control

• Bluetooth with Hands-free Voice Control

• Paddle Shifts

• Electric Windows (front and rear)

• Driver Window Auto up/down function

• Automatic Air-conditioning with Rear Passenger Vent Duct

• Leather Seats• Slide and tilt-adjustable rear seats with 60/40 split

• Electric Adjustable Driver Seat and Heated Front Seats

• Accessory Sockets and USB Ports

Exterior features include:

• Electric Adjustable Fold-away Mirrors with Indicator Light

• Projector Halogen Headlights with Manual Levelling Device

• DRL (Daytime Running Lights)

• Dusk Sensing Headlamps

• Front Fog Lamps

• Headlamp Washer

• Rain Sensing Windscreen Wipers

• Front and Rear Park Distance Control

• Rear Spoiler with High-mounted Stop Lamp

• Front Bumper Skid Plate (Silver)

• Tailgate Garnish (Chrome)

• 18" Alloy Wheels

• Full-size spare wheel

• Roof Rails

Safety features

True to all of Mitsubishi’s product offerings in South Africa, the all-new Eclipse Cross boasts a full complement of advanced active and passive safety features.

The new model has 7 airbags, including driver and front passenger, side and curtain airbags and a driver knee airbag, which provides an extra level of protection when the driver might need it most.

Highlighted by the advanced and brand-new S-AWC in the AWD version, both versions have:

• RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) Body Construction

• 7 Airbags

• Side-impact Protection Bars

• ISOFIX Child Seat Anchors

• ABS (Anti-lock Braking System)

• AYC (Active Yaw Control)

• EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution)

• BAS (Brake Assist System)

• HAS (Hill Start Assist System)

• ASTC (Active Stability and Traction Control)

• EPB (Electric Parking Brake)

• EPS (Electronic Power Steering)

• Central Door Locking with Motion Lock

• Anti-theft Protection Device

• Keyless Operating System

• Rear View Camera

Local range

The all-new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will be offered in two derivatives for the South African market – the two-wheel or front-wheel drive version and the all-wheel-drive model.

The 2.0-litre Mivec DOCH 16-valve 4-cylinder engine uses ECI-Multi-Point Fuel Injection with an output of 110kW @ 6 000rpm and 198Nm of torque at 4 200rpm.

Coupled to this engine, the INVECS-III CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) with its 6-step Sports Mode delivers effortless acceleration from any speed, slick gear changes and a smooth ride.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

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The driver can also control the shift steps via the Paddle Shifts behind the steering wheel. Keeping the engine at optimum performance at all times, the CVT enhances fuel efficiency.

All this is possible due to a newly modified torque converter & damper assembly, changes in final gear ratios and software.

In the AWD version, the driver can choose the AUTO, SNOW or GRAVEL drive mode depending on road conditions to enhance accuracy, straight-line stability and manoeuvrability on slippery surfaces.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

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The CVT with 6-step Sports Mode contributes to the 2.0 litre Mivec engine’s outstanding fuel consumption of 7.9 litres / 100km (combined cycle) for the 4x2 and 8.1 litres /100km for the AWD derivative.

The 4x2 derivative has a fuel tank of 63 litres while that of the AWD comes to 60 litres.

The introduction of Eclipse Cross as part of Mitsubishi Motors’ compact SUV range in South Africa has created the opportunity for the company to realign the ASX range with the introduction of two new derivatives – the ASX ES M/T and an ES 6-speed CVT derivative – with its retail prices at R359 995 and R379 995 respectively. An official press statement to follow in the last week of February 2019.

Pricing

The all-new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross enters its segment as a massive value-for-money offering.

Both models are covered by Mitsubishi’s Manufacturer’s Warranty of 3 years or 100 000km, a 5-year / 90 000km Service Plan and a 5-year / unlimited mileage Roadside Assistance.

Service intervals are every 15 000km.

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