With a reputation of being fun to drive and advanced technology, the Eclipse sports car was one of Mitsubishi’s best-selling and iconic vehicles ever. Now, the Eclipse moniker has made a comeback in the form of a CUV. Meet the Eclipse Cross, Mitsubishi’s newest crossover, in the Nepalese market. A compact CUV, the Eclipse Cross will join the Outlander series to form a formidable CUV lineup for Mitsubishi in the Nepalese market. It is priced between Rs 1,02,50,000- Rs 1,09,50,000.
The Eclipse Cross contains many all-new features including a 1.5-liter direct-injection turbo- engine, dual-pane, power-sliding panoramic roof, 7-inch smartphone link, thin display audio with touchpad controller, Head-Up Display (HUD), heated seats, and Super All-Wheel Control.
The front of the Eclipse Cross feature’s Mitsubishi’s signature ‘Dynamic Shield’ front design concept that emphasizes the front end’s functionalities. According to Mitsubishi, the exterior styling of the Eclipse Cross is inspired from the ‘Get Set’ position of a runner.
The coupe-like side profile of the Eclipse Cross is distinguished by its wedge profile with distinctive beltline and strong character line; a forward raked rear window; the angular rear gate and short overhang; and beefy fenders.
The eccentric rear is distinguished by the almost cubist styling created around the high-mounted, stretched rear lamps and by how it horizontally divides the forward-rake rear window into two. When illuminated, the tubular LED brake lights and the central LED hi-mount stop light form a single bar of light running across the tail, giving Eclipse Cross a broad appearance from the rear.
The interior of the Eclipse Cross represents quality and refinement with no compromise on the detail. This is achieved by the use of high-grade interior materials and the use of piano-black and luminous silver interior accents. The cockpit-style interior wraps around the driver for a sporty feel.
Almost immediately noticed once inside the Eclipse Cross is a high-resolution, thin display on top of the instrument panel. This 7-inch monitor comes with smartphone connectivity with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. The Eclipse Cross also features s great-sounding audio thanks to its Rockford Fosgate audio system.
Another new interior feature for the Eclipse Cross is a full-color Head-Up Display (HUD) that provides the driver with real-time vehicle information. The system consists of a full-color LCD display that is mounted just beyond the steering wheel and close to the driver’s line of sight, allowing easier driving by minimizing the change of eye focus length. HUD provides driving information and critical safety messages to the driver. The display includes an up/down switch that allows the driver to lower the display into the dash if desired and brightness and height adjustment switches.
The Eclipse Cross also gets heated front seats. In the back, the rear seats offer multiple seating adjustments to accommodate for passengers and/or cargo. The rear seatback angle has nine reclining positions and can slide forward-backward up to nearly eight inches to balance passenger comfort and cargo capacity based on needs.
Also new for the brand and found in the Eclipse Cross is a panoramic sunroof with dual-pane, large power sliding glass panels with both tilt and slide capability. The front panel can open up to 17 inches.
Under the hood, the CUV gets a 1.5-liter direct-injection turbo power plant that delivers 152 HP of power at 5,500 rpm and 250 NM of torque at 2,000 rpm. It features advanced technology such as sodium-filled exhaust valves to maximize performance and efficiency and the torque is greater than 2.0L and 2.4L engines in other Mitsubishi products. The engine is mated to an 8-speed CVT gearbox.
When you see an SUV with the three-diamond logo you can be sure it has a strong four-wheel-drive heritage, and the Eclipse Cross continues in the mold set forth by Mitsubishi’s other vehicles. The vehicle is equipped with Mitsubishi’s proprietary, advanced S-AWC (Super All-Wheel Control) system, which enhances both straight-line stability and cornering performance by precisely controlling the torque supplied to each of the four wheels.
The S-AWC system is an integration of the vehicle dynamics control system that monitors each component around the 4WD system, including: Active Stability Control (ASC), Anti-lock Brakes (ABS), Active Yaw Control (AYC) to distribute driving torque to the rear wheels and between right and left wheels by additional brake force and the electronically controlled 4WD system. The Active Yaw Control function measures a vehicle’s angular velocity on its vertical axis. In relatively easier terms, it measures how far your vehicle is tilting in a turn.
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross S-AWC explained:
From intelligent sensors that track the vehicle’s surroundings and warns of danger to active driving assistance and solid passive protection, the Eclipse Cross delivers a complete portfolio of advanced safety features. Safety techs include Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Lane Change Assist (LCA), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control System (ACC), Multi-View Camera System, and Automatic High Beam (AHB).
The Eclipse Cross has already arrived in Leon Motors’ dealerships across the country.