The Word is Out About the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has been out for about several months now. The new crossover from Mitsubishi Motors first debuted during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show and then again during the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Details about the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross slowly petered out, such as the new cool technology throughout the Eclipse Cross cabin and the new upcoming Mitsubishi infotainment system, Mitsubishi Connect. Plenty of writers, editors, and drivers have had a chance to drive the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and now it’s time to see what people are saying about the last in-house vehicle we’ll see from Mitsubishi Motors.
“…the AWD system managed to find all the traction it needed on the smooth Spanish asphalt where our test drive took place, rarely being called upon to send torque aft.” – Car and Driver
Not just any all-wheel drive (AWD) system, the Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system designed by Mitsubishi can be found on the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. Mitsubishi is known for designing their own systems for engineering and optimizing vehicle performance, like the Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) system that improves engine performance, and the Intelligent & Innovative Vehicle Electronic Control System (INVECS) enhances vehicle transmission, the S-AWC system is designed to provide better handling of the vehicle for the driver. Especially when driving in poor driving conditions, drivers can have peace of mind with the S-AWC, an advanced integrated control system that manages the driving forces and braking forces of all four wheels to help realize vehicle behavior for better driver handling.
“The turbo [engine] smears its torque over a wide range, so [the Eclipse Cross] responds well from low down. It also sings sweetly and quietly at the top end … You can feel the [S-AWC] system shuffling [torque] to the tires that can use it, and the chassis and steering feed some info, and the balance is fine.” – Top Gear
While Mitsubishi gears up for its mysterious performance SUV, the e-Evolution, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a crossover that sits somewhere between the Mitsubishi Outlander and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport in terms of power, tech, and style. The entire Eclipse Cross lineup is powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter L4 engine, optimized with MIVEC, Mitsubishi’s version of variable valve timing, and direct injection fuel delivery. Able to deliver 152 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, the second most powerful in the lineup, not counting the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Paired to an 8-speed continuously variable transmission, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross offers a fuel economy of 26 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
“The Eclipse Cross carves a lot of people space from its compact footprint. You sit in the usual throne-like crossover attitude up front. Out back, there’s top-class leg room, and foot space under the front seats. Enough headroom too …” – Top Gear
Top Gear basically nailed it. The Eclipse Cross cabin is roomier than its predecessors and allows consumers to slide the back seat bench forward to open up cargo space in the rear or change up the seating configuration. And everyone is loving the setup of the center console and new tech. Well-designed and user-friendly, there’s a lot more to come than Apple CarPlay or Google Android Auto capabilities.
“The tech factor is high, with our fully loaded test car having a 7.0-inch touchscreen, a 360-degree-view camera system, adaptive cruise control, and a head-up display that projects onto a pop-up plastic reflector atop the instrument cluster. There’s also a touchpad controller between the seats, similar in feel to Lexus’s Remote Touch Interface…” – Car and Driver
Yep, all kinds of cool tech and new safety features are popping up in the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. The new Mitsubishi infotainment system is what we’re waiting on though. Mitsubishi Motors debuted the Mitsubishi Connect at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show by demonstrating two apps currently in beta version – an EV Charging Station Finder app and a Driver Scoring app. The former will be perfect for the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and future Mitsubishi alternative fuel vehicles, whereas the other is to help improve driving behavior, probably good for teen drivers.
We’re still waiting on some of the features we saw in this movie.
Sounds like big names in auto reviews are liking the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. Interested in testing it out for yourself? Come to University Mitsubishi and test drive one today.