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Technical Data
Transmission Manual
MPG Combined 42.2
CO2 154 g/km
Fuel Type Petrol
0 to 62 mph 9.7 sec
Key Features
Air Con
Leather Seats
Alloy Wheels
Cruise Control
Immobiliser/Alarm

Ten Second Review

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is easily the most class-competitive SUV that Mitsubishi makes. Stand-out styling, an efficient 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine and plush equipment levels are all strong points. Enough to make you look beyond the Qashqai and SEAT Ateca models that rule the mid-size volume-branded Crossover class? Quite possibly.

Background

Many of the volume makers are pretty committed to SUVs these days, but Mitsubishi is a brand even more focused on this genre than most. Apart from the rare Mirage Juro citycar, every model in its line-up is an SUV, with none of them more important than the contender we're going to look at here, the Eclipse Cross. This was the last design that Mitsubishi engineered before it was enveloped by the Renault Nissan Alliance, which means that very probably, it will be remembered as the last car the Japanese brand developed entirely on its own. It's certainly an important model, pitched directly into the Qashqai class of family hatchback-based SUVs that have been primarily responsible for driving sales of this genre.

Driving Experience

For the time being, there's just a single engine option, an all-new 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol unit developing 163hp and 250Nm of torque which will be available with a six-speed manual gearbox or CVT automatic transmission with a Sport mode, manual override and paddle shifters. CVT boxes end to be a bit jerky, but Mitsubishi says it's worked hard in this case to combine the running cost benefits of belt-driven CVT technology with the smoothness and responsiveness of a traditional torque converter automatic. Four-wheel drive is an option further up the range, the AWD set-up incorporating the latest generation of Mitsubishi's Super All-wheel Control (S-AWC) system that offers a choice of three drive modes - Auto, Snow and Gravel. In standard auto mode, torque is split 80:20 front-to-rear, though up to 45% of drive can be sent backwards if a lack of traction demands it. Individual wheels can also be braked if slip is detected. This drivetrain will be standard on the 2.2-litre diesel-engined variant that Mitsubishi plans to launch late in 2018. As for performance, well the manual 2WD model makes 62mph from rest in 10.3s en route to 127mph flat out. The acceleration figure improves to 9.3s on the auto model, while for the 4WD auto variant, the readings are 9.8s and 124mph.

Design and Build

We like the styling of this Eclipse Cross - and think buyers will too. It's the work of the company's new design chief Tsunehiro Kunimoto and is certainly more distinctive than the Mitsubishi norm. The Japanese maker claims it's a 'radically new direction' for the genre, which may be over-stating things a bit. Still, the look is sleek and not too generic, particularly nice touches including the extended wheel arches and the split-rear screen. Inside, you're treated to what the brand describes as a 'cockpit-style driving environment'; it's certainly a lot nicer in terms of perceived quality than the interiors you'll find in a first generation ASX or Mitsubishi's more expensive Outlander model. That's just as well, considering the current prevailing class standard. The raked roof and narrow side glass impinge a little on rear visibility. At the back, rear seat passengers are treated to slide-and-recline adjustment for the 60:40 split rear seat; in fact, the rear seat back has eight different recline settings and the base has up to 200mm of travel. The boot is wide but shallow, and will only take 341-litres of luggage, which is a little below the class standard. Still, it'll probably be sufficient for most likely owners.

Market and Model

As you'd expect, prices are class-competitive, though Mitsubishi hasn't made any attempt to offer a really basic version priced against entry-level derivatives of segment leaders like the Nissan Qashqai or the SEAT Ateca. So for potential Eclipse Cross buyers, prices start at just over £21,000 for the entry-level '2'-spec variant. Most will want to find the £1,300 premium to get t mid-range '3' trim, at which point you'll be offered the opportunity of finding around £1,500 for automatic transmission - or around £2,800 r more automatic transmission and 4WD. There's also a plusher '4' level of trim. All Eclipse Cross variants are well specified, with even the entry-level '2' version offering niceties like a rear view camera, a DAB radio with six speakers, cruise control, climate control air conditioning, 16-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass and a 'Smartphone Display Audio' infotainment set-up that's compatible with the 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone mirroring systems. There's plenty of the latest camera-driven safety stuff as standard too, including Lane Departure Warning and a 'Forward Collision Mitigation' autonomous braking system that uses radar technology to detect a risk of collision. Seven airbags, dusk and rain sensors and automatic operation of the headlamps' dipped beam come as standard too.

Cost of Usership

Thanks to Mitsubishi's new engine technology, an Eclipse Cross costs barely any more to run than a 1.6-litre petrol version of the brand's smaller first generation ASX SUV model. To be specific, we're talking 42.8mpg and 151g/km of CO2 for the base 2WD manual petrol model, those figures changing to 42.2mpg and 154g/km if you choose the auto gearbox. Choose the top 4WD auto variant and the figures are 40.4mpg and 159g/km. There's a decent five year warranty, pre-paid servicing packs are available and residual values should be strong. As you'd expect in this day and age, there's a 12-year anti-perforation warranty. And three years of pan-European roadside assistance and homestart are included in the price.

Summary

The Eclipse Cross won't trouble premium-brand SUVs in this class but it's an interesting alternative to the volume-maker contenders in the sector. Stylish looks, strong levels of equipment, state-of-the-art safety provision and a long warranty will make this Crossover stand out in the showrooms - to the point where only those who need involving driving dynamics and a huge boot will dismiss it out of hand. In short, there's a lot of potential here. In the Qashqai-class, not everyone wants a Qashqai. Widen your shopping brief and include this contender; it'll represent an interesting alternative to the segment benchmark.

CO2 (g/km)
154
HC+NOx
Not Available
Particles
Not Available
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
170
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
170
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
170
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High
176
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max
176
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min
176
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High
147
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max
147
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min
147
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low
220
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max
220
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min
220
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium
160
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max
160
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min
160
Camshaft
DOHC
Catalytic Convertor
Yes
CC
1499
Compression Ratio
10.0:1
Cylinder Layout
IN-LINE
Cylinders
4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)
75
Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
84.8
Engine Layout
FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery
TURBO INJECTION
Gears
6 SPEED
Number of Valves
16
Transmission
MANUAL
EC Combined (mpg)
42.2
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
47.1
EC Urban (mpg)
34.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
7.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
7.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
7.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
7.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
7.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
7.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
6.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
6.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
6.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
9.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
9.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
9.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
7.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
7.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
7.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb
37.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
37.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
37.7
WLTP - MPG - Extra High
36.2
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
36.2
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
36.2
WLTP - MPG - High
43.5
WLTP - MPG - High - Max
43.5
WLTP - MPG - High - Min
43.5
WLTP - MPG - Low
29.1
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
29.1
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
29.1
WLTP - MPG - Medium
39.8
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
39.8
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
39.8
Badge Engine CC
1.5
Badge Power
163
Based On ID
Not Available
Coin Description
Not Available
Coin Series
2
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
18E
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
12
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
97
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
78
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
80
NCAP Safety Assist %
71
Safety Concerns?
Not Available
Service Interval Frequency - Months
12
Service Interval Mileage
12500
Special Edition
Not Available
Special Order
Not Available
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
62500
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
5
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
Not Available
Timing Belt Interval Mileage
Not Available
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
0 to 60 mph (secs)
Not Available
0 to 62 mph (secs)
9.7
Engine Power - BHP
163
Engine Power - KW
120
Engine Power - PS
Yes
Engine Power - RPM
5500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
184
Engine Torque - MKG
25.5
Engine Torque - NM
250
Engine Torque - RPM
2400
Top Speed
127
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Alloys?
Yes
Space Saver?
Not Available
Tyre Size Front
215/70 R16
Tyre Size Rear
215/70 R16
Tyre Size Spare
TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style
Not Available
Wheel Type
16" ALLOY
Height
1685
Height (including roof rails)
Not Available
Length
4405
Wheelbase
2670
Width
1805
Width (including mirrors)
Not Available
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
63
Gross Vehicle Weight
2050
Max. Loading Weight
625
Max. Towing Weight - Braked
1600
Minimum Kerbweight
1425
No. of Seats
5

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Transmission Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual
Fuel Type Petrol Petrol Petrol Petrol Petrol Petrol
Seats 5 5 5 5 5 5
Doors 5 5 5 5 5 5
CO2 154 g/km 155 g/km 147 g/km 118 g/km 121 g/km 107 g/km
MPG 42.2 41.5 44.1 55.4 53.2 60.1
BHP 163 117 140 131 140 80
0 to 62 9.7 sec 12.2 sec 9.3 sec 9.3 sec 10.9 sec 12.7 sec

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