Combining sharp and stylish coupe lines with the practicality of the SUV, the Eclipse Cross offers drivers extra desirability.
Mitsubishi Motors’ Eclipse Cross takes its name from a coupe model sold in the US since 1989 and a shortening of crossover, a contemporary evolution of the SUV design. Launched recently in Indonesia at GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show 2019 (GIIAS), the Eclipse Cross offers buyers a blend of panache, comfort and practicality with a sprinkling of added allure.
Design and Technology
Mitsubishi dubs the distinctive front of the vehicle the Dynamic Shield, a shape that not only sets the energetic design tone but makes the Eclipse Cross more streamlined to improve efficiency and boost the vehicle’s overall aesthetic appeal.
The front LED headlights run deep into the front wing and, along with the bonnet and edgy indented doors and panels, craft a sleek side view that eases smoothly into the rear coupe-style tailgate. The tailgate is large and offers easy access to the boot and comes with a rear screen divider to complete the Eclipse’s flowing lines without reducing rear visibility. An attractive exterior, it gets a further boost from large doors and the double sunroof. The Eclipse Cross is available in Red Diamond, Silky White and Amethyst Black.
Once inside, the cabin is roomy and well laid out. The comfortable leather seats offer ample leg room and a high degree of adjustment. The boot is a good size and the large tailgate makes loading easy and comfortable. Aside from its great looks, the Eclipse Cross is a practical vehicle and is at home in most environments thanks to its Active Yaw Control and Active Stability and Traction Control systems.
The Eclipse Cross has a full colour Head Up Display set above the steering that allows the driver to view their speed, cruise control indicators, enabled advanced safety features and more, all while staying focused on the road ahead. There is also a 7-inch infotainment screen that projects from the top of the dash and is operated through a touchpad controller between the front seats. Amongst other functions, this makes it simple to set up the Smartphone-Link Display Audio with just the touch of a finger.
Performance and Safety
Designed for exhilaration, the Eclipse Cross is fitted with a responsive and fuel efficient 1.5 litre turbocharged petrol engine. The performance is further enhanced by direct fuel injection, an integrated exhaust manifold cylinder head, a sodium-filled exhaust valve, MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing Electronic Control system), and some clever tech via the Continuously Variable Transmission, the INVECS III, which features 8-speed sport mode for added fun.
In a world where safety is paramount, the Eclipse Cross comes equipped with an array of Advanced Safety Features. There are seven SRS Airbags to protect drivers and passengers in the event of a collision, as well as the Forward Collision Mitigation System that can prevent collisions and detect other vehicles and pedestrians via its camera and laser radar system.
With the Eclipse Cross, Mitsubishi has successfully combined coupe looks and the practicality of a compact SUV. The leather seats, sunroof and general panache make this a very attractive buy for those who value style and substance.
Asia Dreams November 2019 – January 2020