Geneva: Mitsubishi Eclipse sharpens up

eX concept car also on show

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The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross debuts at the Geneva Motor Show as the Japanese brand makes a determined effort to crack the ultra-competitive mid-sized SUV market.

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Mitsubishi believes that the Eclipse Cross will appeal to style-conscious drivers, focusing on its ‘sharp coupé looks and muscular SUV stance’. Even the name has a sporty connection, last used on a two-door coupe and convertible sold in the US before 2012.

The Eclipse Cross is a compact-looking car, with distinct angles on the nose and a body shoulder line that rises towards the backwards-sloping roof line. The rear screen is particularly sharply angled.

When it goes on sale in the UK early in 2018 the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will be offered with two powertrains – the 2.2-litre turbodiesel familiar from other Mitsubishi models and a new 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine.

Both units gain new transmissions – a CVT with eight-speed manual override on the petrol engine and an eight-speed auto with the diesel. It’s not clear yet whether a front-wheel-drive version will be in the range, but the car will certainly be offered with Mitsubishi’s electronically-controlled 4WD. The ‘Super All-Wheel Control’ (S-AWC) vehicle control system will be included, this boasting an Active Yaw Control activated by the brakes.

Red Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross on display at the Geneva Motor Show
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will go on sale in the UK in early 2018. Photo: Andrew Charman

With the Eclipse Cross, Mitsubishi will launch a major reworking of its interior design. Horizontal lines dominate the styling with silver framing, while the technology available includes a tablet-style infotainment display and a new Head Up Display.

A Smartphone Link Display Audio system uses a touchscreen to connect to Apple CarPlay, including using the Siri personal assistant built into iPhones. Android Auto devices are also supported including voice control of features such as Google Maps and Google Play.

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Also on Mitsubishi’s stand is the eX concept, a car that previews a potential future compact crossover with an electric drivetrain.

Also on Mitsubishi's stand alongside the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross was the eX concept car
The eX concept car previews a potential future compact crossover. Photo: Andrew Charman

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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