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Mitsubishi ECLIPSE CROSS HATCHBACK SPECIAL EDITIONS 1.5 Black 5dr CVT 4WD

Mitsubishi ECLIPSE CROSS 1.5 Black 5dr CVT 4WD
Mitsubishi ECLIPSE CROSS 1.5 Black 5dr CVT 4WD
Mitsubishi ECLIPSE CROSS 1.5 Black 5dr CVT 4WD
Mitsubishi ECLIPSE CROSS 1.5 Black 5dr CVT 4WD
Mitsubishi ECLIPSE CROSS 1.5 Black 5dr CVT 4WD
Mitsubishi ECLIPSE CROSS 1.5 Black 5dr CVT 4WD
Mitsubishi ECLIPSE CROSS 1.5 Black 5dr CVT 4WD
Mitsubishi ECLIPSE CROSS 1.5 Black 5dr CVT 4WD
Mitsubishi ECLIPSE CROSS 1.5 Black 5dr CVT 4WD
Mitsubishi ECLIPSE CROSS 1.5 Black 5dr CVT 4WD
Mitsubishi ECLIPSE CROSS 1.5 Black 5dr CVT 4WD
Mitsubishi ECLIPSE CROSS 1.5 Black 5dr CVT 4WD
Mitsubishi ECLIPSE CROSS 1.5 Black 5dr CVT 4WD
Mitsubishi ECLIPSE CROSS 1.5 Black 5dr CVT 4WD
Mitsubishi ECLIPSE CROSS 1.5 Black 5dr CVT 4WD
Mitsubishi ECLIPSE CROSS 1.5 Black 5dr CVT 4WD
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Mitsubishi ECLIPSE CROSS 1.5 Black 5dr CVT 4WD
Mitsubishi ECLIPSE CROSS 1.5 Black 5dr CVT 4WD
Mitsubishi ECLIPSE CROSS 1.5 Black 5dr CVT 4WD
Mitsubishi ECLIPSE CROSS 1.5 Black 5dr CVT 4WD
Mitsubishi ECLIPSE CROSS 1.5 Black 5dr CVT 4WD
Mitsubishi ECLIPSE CROSS 1.5 Black 5dr CVT 4WD
Mitsubishi ECLIPSE CROSS 1.5 Black 5dr CVT 4WD
Mitsubishi ECLIPSE CROSS 1.5 Black 5dr CVT 4WD
Mitsubishi ECLIPSE CROSS 1.5 Black 5dr CVT 4WD
Mitsubishi ECLIPSE CROSS 1.5 Black 5dr CVT 4WD
Mitsubishi ECLIPSE CROSS 1.5 Black 5dr CVT 4WD
Mitsubishi ECLIPSE CROSS 1.5 Black 5dr CVT 4WD
Mitsubishi ECLIPSE CROSS 1.5 Black 5dr CVT 4WD
Mitsubishi ECLIPSE CROSS 1.5 Black 5dr CVT 4WD
Mitsubishi ECLIPSE CROSS 1.5 Black 5dr CVT 4WD
Mitsubishi ECLIPSE CROSS 1.5 Black 5dr CVT 4WD

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG36.70
  • 0-62mph10.4 secs
  • Top Speed124 mph
  • C02175 g/km
  • BHP163
  • Torque184 lbs/f
  • P11D37%

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.

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If you're looking for a Qashqai-class family SUV but want something a little different, Mitsubishi's Eclipse Cross offers an interesting alternative. Jonathan Crouch reports.

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 Ownership

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.

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Exterior Features
Metallic paint
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Auto high beam
Automatic rain sensing wipers
Black door garnish
Black door mirrors
Black door sashes
Black front grille
Black roof rails
Black wheel arch garnishes
Chrome tailgate handle
Colour keyed door handles
Colour keyed rear spoiler
Dusk sensing headlights
Electric heated folding door mirrors
Front and rear electric windows
Front and rear fog lamps
Front skid plate - Black
Gloss black front bumper centre
LED daytime running lights
LED headlamps with auto levelling
Power panoramic glass sunroof
Rear high-mounted stop lamp
Rear skid plate - black
Rear windscreen wiper with washer
Shark fin roof aerial
Side and rear window privacy glass
Silver side sill garnish
Variable intermittent front wash/wipe
Visible VIN plate
Driver Convenience
'Lights On' warning buzzer
360 degree parking camera
Adaptive cruise control
Android Auto
Apple car play
Automatic start/stop system
Blind spot warning
Engine start/stop button
Front and rear parking sensors
Head up Display
Lane change assistant
Lane departure warning system
LCD multi information colour display
Power Steering
Rear cross traffic alert
Smartphone link audio display
Smartphone tray
Speed limiter
Tachometer
Touch pad controller for infotainment system
Trip computer
Voice control system
Entertainment
Bluetooth with music streaming
DAB Digital radio
Front twin USB port
Rockford Fosgate premium audio with 9 speakers
Interior Features
12V power socket in rear
4 way electrically adjustable drivers seat
60/40 split folding rear seat
Black leather gear knob
Cargo room underfloor compartment
Centre rear armrest
Chrome interior door handles
Coathanger (1)
Drivers footrest
Dual zone climate control
Floor console box with lid
Front and rear interior lamps
Front centre armrest
Front door pocket bottle holders
Front sunvisors with vanity mirrors
Glovebox
Heated front seats
Height adjustable drivers seat
Height adjustable front headrests
Height adjustable rear head restraints
Illuminated front cupholders
Leather door trim inserts
Leather upholstery
Leather wrapped steering wheel
LED illuminated smartphone tray
LED Interior illuminated drink holder
Luggage area lamp
Map reading lamp
Needle punch floor carpet
Retractable assist grips (4)
Retractable luggage cover
Slide and recline adjustable rear seats
Steering wheel audio controls
Sunglasses holder
Tilt/telescopic steering column
Safety
2x 2nd row ISOFIX child seat mountings
3x3 point rear seatbelts
ABS/EBD
Active city braking
Active stability and traction control
Brake assist
Brake auto hold
Electronic parking brake
Emergency stop signal system
Forward collision mitigation system
Front passenger airbag deactivation switch
Front seatbelt pretensioner
Front, side, curtain and knee airbags
Hill start assist
Reinforced Impact safety evolution (RISE) body safety system
Seatbelt warning lamp
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Ventilated front disc brakes
Security
Deadlocks
Immobiliser
Keyless entry and start operation system
Locking wheel nuts
Steering lock
Thatcham Cat.1 alarm
Trim
Gloss black dashboard
Wheels
18" Black Alloy Wheels
Tyre inflation kit
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 175
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 196
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 196
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 196
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High 205
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max 205
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min 205
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High 170
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max 170
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min 170
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low 245
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max 245
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min 245
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium 187
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max 187
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min 187
Engine and Drive Train
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 1 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 36.7
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 39.2
EC Urban (mpg) 33.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 8.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 8.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 8.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 9.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 9.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 9.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 7.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 7.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 7.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 10.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 10.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 10.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 8.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 8.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 8.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb 32.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 32.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 32.5
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 31
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 31
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 31
WLTP - MPG - High 37.7
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 37.7
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 37.7
WLTP - MPG - Low 26.2
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 26.2
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 26.2
WLTP - MPG - Medium 34
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 34
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 34
General
Badge Engine CC 1.5
Badge Power 163
Based On ID 81349
Coin Series Black
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 20E
Manufacturers 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
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 12500
Special Edition Yes
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 62500
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 5
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 10.4
Engine Power - BHP 163
Engine Power - KW 120
Engine Power - RPM 5500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 184
Engine Torque - MKG 25.5
Engine Torque - NM 250
Engine Torque - RPM 2400
Top Speed 124
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 225/55 R18
Tyre Size Rear 225/55 R18
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1685
Length 4405
Wheelbase 2670
Width 1805
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 60
Gross Vehicle Weight 2150
Max. Loading Weight 590
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1600
Minimum Kerbweight 1560
No. of Seats 5

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Mitsubishi connect telematics control unit £400.00
Exterior Features
Pearlescent paint FOC
Paintwork
Metallic - Atlantic Grey FOC
Pearl - Amethyst black FOC
Pearl - White FOC
Trim
Leather - Black FOC
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