Nissan Qashqai-rivalling SUV will sit between the ASX and Outlander in Mitsubishi's range and goes on sale in January 2018 for a higher price than some competitors
Doug Revolta Autocar
21 September 2017

Pricing for the all-new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has been revealed ahead of its UK sales launch in January 2018. The rival to Nissan Qashqai will be priced from £21,275.

The all-wheel-drive SUV has coupé-like styling inspired by the XR-PHEV concept of 2015 and will sit between the ASX and Outlander models in Mitsubishi’s line-up.

This means the Eclipse Cross will go up against cars such as the Skoda Karoq and Seat Ateca. The car's starting price places it £1980 above the Qashqai, £400 above the Karoq and £2935 above the Ateca.

The Eclipse Cross range is split into three trim levels: 2, 3 and 4, with a reversing camera, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, cruise control, heated door mirrors and 16in alloys standard from the ground up. 

3 trim starts £1300 higher than the entry-level 2, while 4 is £2400 above this. Four-wheel drive is only available on automatic-equipped cars and commands a £1500 premium on 3 spec, on top of the £1275 for the automatic 'box. Cars equipped with four-wheel drive get three traction control settings, with Auto, Snow and Gravel modes available. 

A First Edition, limited to 250 cars, initially tops the range, at £26,825, rising to £29,750 with four-wheel drive and an auto gearbox. 

Although the plug-in hybrid Outlander PHEV has been a success, Mitsubishi has been left behind in the SUV boom, with cars such as the Qashqai far outselling its offerings.

Mitsubishi now has a new boss in Carlos Ghosn after he left Nissan to take the helm, so a wave of new models is expected. In the short term, the Eclipse Cross will need to do much to boost sales in a growing market before the Japanese manufacturer's future plans are revealed.

The Eclipse Cross will have the option of two engines: a new 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol with a new CVT transmission that is said to feature an eight-speed Sport Mode manual override and a 2.2-litre diesel, which is said to be specifically modified for the Eclipse Cross and comes with a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

Aesthetically, the Eclipse Cross gets the same Dynamic Shield front-end design as the ASX and Outlander, plus a new red exterior paint colour.

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Inside, the Eclipse Cross gets a tablet-like infotainment system with a Smartphone Link Display Audio system that supports the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring apps. It also gets a touchpad controller and head-up display. Meanwhile, the rear seats split-fold 60/40.

Future plans for the company include a replacement for the Outlander and Outlander PHEV, which is expected in 2020, while a more direct Juke rival that is smaller than the ASX is tipped for a 2019 launch. 

It's not clear when the ageing Mitsubishi Shogun will be replaced, although reports suggest an equally rugged new model has long been under development.

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28 February 2017
Oh dear, they styled the back as an homage to the outgoing Honda Civic. I cant see this being a common sight in the UK

28 February 2017
[quote=artill]Oh dear, they styled the back as an homage to the outgoing Honda Civic. I cant see this being a common sight in the UK[/quote] I was thinking more an homage to the Pontiac Aztek or at least the bastard child of them both !

28 February 2017
messed up btw ?!!

1 March 2017
A few years ago, some automotive publications mentioned that a sporty SUV will replace the void leaved by the iconic Lancer EVO. Is this the vehicle?

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28 February 2017
...what a dogs dinner! I really despair at Japanese 'design', its like they either ran out of ideas or never had one in the first place. The last time I saw a vehicle with a rear end like that it had been hit from behind by a tractor, and the front is no better.....those nice big scoops will channel stones into the fog lights perfectly.....better start stocking up on replacements Mitsubishi!

28 February 2017
As Artill states why the Honda Civic Tailgate with no Wiper!?

28 February 2017
artill and aston01, what makes you so sure that there's no rear wiper fitted? On the Range Rovers it's mounted under the uppermost rear spoiler out of sight until it's being operated. If you ever get a chance to look at the rear of one, you may see it tucked away out of vandals way, or the clean swept area on the rear glass. And yes, I know that it will be a pain to change!

28 February 2017
Why have they chosen to use that name, couldn't they have come up with a new name rather than using a name they have used on multiple coupe's?

28 February 2017
I think it looks ok, but the back seat will be a very gloomy space, especially for children who will barely be able to see over the high door. Stupid in a supposedly family vehicle.

28 February 2017
[quote=scrap]I think it looks ok, but the back seat will be a very gloomy space, especially for children who will barely be able to see over the high door. Stupid in a supposedly family vehicle.[/quote] Worse even than my Sportage

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