MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE CROSS REVIEWS | 2018 MODEL
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2018 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE CROSS VRX – AN ECLIPSE WORTH VIEWING
SOURCE: AUTOCAR | YEAR: 2018 | WORDS: PETER LOUISSON | PHOTOS: TOM GASNIER
YOU’RE NOT MEANT TO LOOK DIRECTLY AT A SOLAR ECLIPSE UNLESS YOU’RE A STABLE GENIUS PRESIDENT. BUT MITSI RECKONS ITS NEW ECLIPSE CROSS IS A BIT OF A PHENOMENON. IS IT REALLY?
Got to hand it to the Mitsubishi Motors crew; they are experts at marketing vehicles locally, many of which you’d not describe as being at the technological cutting edge. Some date back a ways too. Yet in 2017 MMNZ secured a comfortable fifth place in new vehicle sales, miles ahead of Hyundai and nipping at the heels of Mazda which is a consistent tech innovator. Just goes to show there’s more than one way of rackin’ ‘em up.
The success is largely on the back of Outlander and ASX in fifth and seventh positions on the passenger car front, though both were eclipsed (sorry) by Triton, the fourth most popular ute. For 2018, Mitsubishi adds another high rider to the fray, the new Eclipse Cross (Eclipse henceforth) filling a gap you may not have noticed between ASX and Outlander. If you think of this as an upmarket coupe-style version of ASX you’re not too far wide of the mark. And pricing of the two-model Kona competitor is interesting. The base XLS 2WD variant has an RRP of $41,690 but carries recommended sales pricing of $34,990.
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross VRX – New Car Review – Solid Allrounder
SOURCE: DRIVELIFE | YEAR: 2018 | WORDS: FRED ALVREZ | PHOTOS: FRED ALVREZ
Sitting in between the ASX and the Outlander comes Mitsubishi’s new Eclipse Cross. We’ve all seen the ads on TV – this is something Mitsubishi does well. Can the Eclipse Cross live up to the TV hype?
Currently there’s just two models in the range, the XLS and the VRX (tested), and both front-wheel drive. The base XLS is priced at $41,690 and the VRX at $45,590. The TV adds show the pricing starting at $34,990 but this was a December special. I’m not sure if that pricing has carried on or not. Mitsubishi’s New Zealand website still shows a ‘Special Offer’ of $34,990.
Both models are fitted with a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder turbo petrol motor, putting out 122Kw of power and a good 254Nm of torque. Both are also fitted with the same transmission – a CVT with an 8-speed stepped mode.
On the safety side of things, Forward Collision Mitigation with windscreen-mounted laser and camera, Lane Departure Warning, Auto High Beam, Rain-Sensing Wipers and Dusk-Sensing Headlights all come as standard. The VRX adds radar functionality plus Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning (with Lane Change Assist), Rear Cross Traffic Alert and a Multi-Around View Monitor.