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Mitsubishi released their new Eclipse Cross earlier this year with a focus on improving performance, consumption and value for money. The Eclipse Cross was an enjoyable car to drive, performing well in all of these areas. It was difficult to fault the Eclipse Cross on much. It does, however, come in at a higher price than other vehicles in its class.


The drive

The drive was very smooth with a good amount of power under the bonnet and had agile handling. Even when you reach 120km/h on the highway it feels like you are only at the tip of the iceberg. Overall, it is quite an exuberant car to drive, never disappointing when you are behind the wheel (especially if you have it in the beautiful red variant).


It is Mitsubishi’s Innovative Valve Timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) that delivers the instant acceleration. The new MIVEC engine is slightly smaller, 1.5L as opposed to the previous 2L in the previous model. It delivers 110 kW of power and 250 Nm of torque.


The 8-step automatic CVT gearbox is designed to optimise fuel efficiency while the turbocharged engine is what gives you the exuberant drive. Fuel consumption is claimed at 7.7L/100km. The gear changes are smooth and the CVT is only noticeable when the vehicle is pushed.



The design

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is one of those cars where you either love the design or hate it. I lean toward the former and believe it has a modern design that is ahead of its time in appeal. It also distinguishes itself in a highly competitive market.


The only thing that was debatable was the stripe through the back window. It does not necessarily affect your field of vision and is not a danger but I was not a fan and there could have been a better way to design it.


It looks much larger from outside than what it is in the inside. It is by no means small but the rear, in particular, was unexpectedly not as spacious as it appeared from the outside. It appears as if the cutting edge design of the rear is prioritised over space.  Despite the unexpected size, the vehicle is still comfortable inside.


The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross comes with all the bells and whistles including tilt and telescopic steering wheel, cruise control, Bluetooth with voice control, paddle shifts, auto air-con with rear passenger vent duct, leather seats, heated front seats, rear seats with a 60/40 split, electric adjustable driver seat, LED headlamps linked to automatic dusk sensing function, rain sensing windscreen wipers, park distance control, rear view camera and active stability and traction control.


The Eclipse Cross also has head-up display (HUD) which reflects relevant vehicle information in full colour on a glass panel above the instrument cluster for easy viewing without the driver having to take his or her eyes off the road. The screen extends or retracts when the ignition is turned on or off.


One disadvantage is that the controls were difficult to use. I wanted to quickly glance at the fuel consumption but there was not a button or control to quickly display it. I spent a considerable amount of time trying to figure out how to do this and, in the end, only succeeded with the help of someone who knew the car. On the up side, once you do know how to check it, it should not be a problem again.


The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a fantastic car to drive with plenty of enthusiasm. The engine’s enthusiasm is matched with an incredibly stylish and forward-thinking design.


Good to know

The specs

Engine: turbocharged 1.5 MIVEC engine
Transmission: 8-step automatic CVT  

Power: 110 kW
Torque: 250 Nm
Fuel Consumption: 7.7L/100 km

Price: Starts at R409 995
Warranties: Mitsubishi’s Manufacturer’s Warranty of 3 years or 100 000 km, a 5-year / 90 000 km Service Plan and 5-year / unlimited mileage Roadside Assistance.


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