Another mid-sized SUV has arrived in the UK in the form of the all-new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. Here are the details, including the UK price, running costs, specs and how it looks.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will go on sale in the UK with just the one 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol, which develops 163hp and 184lb/ft (250Nm) of torque, but there will be a choice of a six-speed manual or automatic.
0-62mph takes as little as 9.3 seconds and as much as 10.3 seconds, depending on the transmission, while the fuel economy is up to 42.8mpg. CO2 comes in at 151g/km for the lightest version, which weighs 1,455kg.
In the case of the automatic, Mitsubishi says it uses the ‘latest step logic technology’ that combines the small footprint and running costs of a CVT with the ‘smoothness and responsiveness’ of a traditional automatic.
Another choice will be whether to have two or four-wheel drive, the latter of which uses Mitsubishi’s Super All-wheel Control system (S-AWC) that provides Auto, Snow and Gravel traction modes to keep you from getting stuck.
In terms of practicality, Mitsubishi says the rear seat back has eight different recline settings and the base has up to 200mm of travel, which will work nicely with its 60:40 split rear seat and boot area. Ground clearance is 183mm, in case you want to drive over things.
There are three trim levels, starting with ‘2’ rather confusingly. This trim gets a touchpad controller, support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rear-view camera, cruise control, climate control, LED daytime running lights, Bluetooth connectivity, 16-inch alloys, privacy glass and heated door mirrors.
Above that is the ‘3’ grade, which adds 18-inch alloys, head-up display, heated front seats, front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry, keyless start, electrically folding door mirrors, electric handbrake (if you go auto), dual-zone climate control and silver side sills.
At the pinnacle of Eclipse Cross motoring in the UK is the ‘4’ grade, which adds leather trim, electric driver’s seat adjustment, panoramic roof you can open electronically, Rockford Fosgate sound system with nine speakers, LED headlamps, 360-degree parking camera, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control.
There is actually one more trim level but it is for a limited run of just 250 cars. The First Edition builds on grade 4 with a premium paint finish, carbon-finish bumper and side extension kit with red inserts, unique floor mats and unique badging.
No matter which grade you go for, Lane Departure Warning, for example, Forward Collision Mitigation, ABS, Hill Start Assist, Brake Assist, automatic wipers, automatic rain sensors, automatic headlights and seven airbags are standard fittings.
The Mitsubishi will be available to order from October, 2017, priced from £21,275 for a two-wheel drive grade 2 car, rising to £22,575 if you want grade 3 as manual and £23,850 for the front-wheel drive auto.
A four-wheel drive Eclipse Cross 3, meanwhile, starts from £25,350. Then there is the grade 4, which can be yours from £24,975 if you can forgo all-wheel drive. Last, but not least, is the £26,825 First Edition. A five-year / 62,500-mile warranty is standard.