ALL-NEW 2018 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE CROSS ARRIVES IN CANADIAN SHOWROOMS NEXT MARCH
- Eclipse Cross offers stimulating design, confidence-inspiring driving and technology
- Distinctive styling and SUV function with a starting MSRP of $27,798
- All-new 1.5-litre direct-injection turbo engine
With a reputation of sporty driving and advanced technology, the Mitsubishi Eclipse sports car was one of company’s best-selling and iconic vehicles ever. Now, the Eclipse moniker is making its comeback with the same reputation for driving dynamics and technology in the form of a compact Crossover Utility Vehicle, the all-new 2018 Eclipse Cross. The Eclipse Cross is a fusion of sharp coupe looks and dynamic SUV mobility with signature Mitsubishi Motors styling, technology and performance.
The Eclipse Cross will join the RVR and Outlander to form a formidable CUV lineup for Mitsubishi Motors. The Eclipse Cross contains many all-new features including a 1.5-litre turbo-charged engine, dual-pane, power-sliding panoramic roof, 7-inch thin-type Smartphone link Display Audio with touchpad controller , Head-Up Display (HUD) and heated rear seats.
“The 2018 Eclipse Cross will chart a new course for Mitsubishi Motors in Canada. It is the culmination of all our successes and strengths in the SUV space, and goes further with its distinctive styling, advanced technology and all-new interior,” said Tony Laframboise, president & CEO, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada. “The compact SUV segment shows no signs of slowing in Canada, and the addition of the Eclipse Cross puts our company and our dealerships in a stronger, more competitive position,” he added.
Coupe-Like Styling in a CUV Package
The inspiration for the exterior styling of the all-new Eclipse Cross is that of a competitive sprint runner in the “Get Set” position. They are crouched down in their lane and on their mark, muscles are defined, energy evident and movement is dynamic. Watching a runner in the set position is highly anticipatory, and such is the emotion while looking at the Eclipse Cross.
Similarly, the Eclipse Cross’ coupe form 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 aggressive fender arches projecting the image of a powerful athlete.
The front of the Eclipse Cross features Mitsubishi Motors’ signature DYNAMIC SHIELD front design concept. The concept is a protective shield shape visually formed by the black central area represented by a black radiator grille that hints to the performance of the car. The black area is embraced from three directions – the left, right, and bottom. DYNAMIC SHIELD emphasizes the front end’s functionalities aimed at protecting both people and the car itself.
The dynamic and characteristic rear design 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 and stable appearance from the rear.
A new red exterior colour joins the palette, Red Diamond premium metallic paint. This comes from a newly developed painting process that creates a high intensity and brightness. This new paint process incorporates five layers and a three-bake process. The standard coating is layered with semi-transparent red and clear coating, creating a high-colour saturation and intensity that produces a highly refined finish.
High-Quality and Sporty Interior
The interior of the Eclipse Cross represents a new design direction for Mitsubishi Motors with a quality and refinement that has never been seen before. The cockpit style interior wraps around the driver for a sporty feel. Everywhere the driver looks and everything they touch is of premium quality with no compromise to attention to detail. This is achieved by the use of high-grade interior materials and detailing to a macro level.
Almost immediately noticed once inside the Eclipse Cross is a high-resolution, thin display on top of the instrument panel. This 7-inch monitor is used to control the Smartphone link Display Audio system and is able to connect to your smartphone and allow control through the display. Both Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlay compatible, the system can control apps via voice recognition through Google Assistant or Siri. The Smartphone link Display Audio can also be controlled by the standard touchpad controller*, which allows for tap/swipe operation and ease of use while driving.
Another new interior feature for the Eclipse Cross is a full-colour Head-Up Display (HUD) that provides the driver with real-time vehicle information. The system consists of a full colour 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, such as: speed, cruise control setting, Forward Collision Mitigation warnings, Lane Departure Warnings and paddle shift gear position. 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 HUD system is standard on the GT price line.
A first for Mitsubishi Motors, Eclipse Cross offers heated rear seats on the GT price line; both the left and right rear seats can be heated with the push of a switch mounted on the back of the floor console. The rear seats also offer multiple seating adjustments to accommodate for passengers and/or cargo. The rear seat back angle has nine reclining positions and can slide forward-backward up to approximately 200 mm (8 inches) to balance passenger comfort and cargo capacity based on needs.
Also new for the brand and found in the Eclipse Cross GT is a panoramic sunroof with dual-pane glass panels, with the front panel featuring both tilt and slide capability, opening up to approximately 432 mm (17 inches) for an open-air feeling.
Confidence-Inspiring Driving with 1.5-Litre Turbo
Eclipse Cross comes standard with a 1.5-litre direct-injection turbo-charged power plant that offers a compelling combination of drivability, performance and efficiency. This new turbo technology provides both strong torque and better fuel efficiency. The engine produces 152 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 184 lb-ft torque at 3,500 rpm. An impressive torque curve at a very low rpm also comes standard. Maximum torque is achieved at just 2,000 rpm. It features advanced technology such as sodium filled exhaust valves to maximize performance and efficiency and the torque is greater than both the 2.0-litre and 2.4-litre engines utilized in other Mitsubishi Motors products. While providing great power and response, the new turbo engine features excellent efficiency as well.
Additionally, the new turbo engine used in the Eclipse Cross is mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) featuring an 8-step Sport Mode function with wide gear ratio to extract the most out of engine performance. As a result, engine noise is reduced and the step shift control can provide direct and powerful acceleration feeling similar to a traditional automatic transmission.
Super All-Wheel Control for Unmatched Handling
When Mitsubishi was conceptualizing a new CUV, one of the most important factors the product planning group implemented was driving performance – particularly Super All-Wheel Control.
For Canada, all Eclipse Cross pricelines are equipped with Mitsubishi Motors’ 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 system uses braking to control the supply of torque to the left and right wheels for improved stability and control. It’s based on the same principles as the S-AWC systems in the Outlander and Outlander PHEV, and builds upon Mitsubishi’s legacy of all-wheel control technology.
The S-AWC also uses an advanced sensor monitoring system to detect driver and vehicle behaviour. Sensor information is gathered from steering angle, wheel speed, engine torque, T/M gear ratio, yaw rate, longitudinal/lateral acceleration and brake pressure. Three driver-selectable modes are available (AUTO, SNOW, GRAVEL) to enhance the S-AWC performance and logic depending on the driving conditions.
All of these components make up the S-AWC system, which is far more advanced than a simple 4WD system. The S-AWC improves traction in all weather and driving conditions, including snow, rain, ice, gravel and dust.
Technology for All-Around Safety
Advanced safety technology supports safer, more confident driving — on the road and in parking lots, day and night. 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.
Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Lane Change Assist (LCA) – This safety feature uses radar sensors in the rear bumper to detect vehicles in rear blind spots, on the right and left sides. An indicator appears in the door mirror when BSW is active and the turn signals are off. When a vehicle is detected and the turn signals are on, an indicator blinks in the door mirror on that side and a warning sound is given to the driver.
Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) – An indicator appears in the combination meter display when RCTA is active. If radar sensors in the rear bumper detect an approaching vehicle nearby while reverse gear is engaged, a warning message appears in the multi-information display, an audible alert sounds and an indicator blinks in both door mirrors.
Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) – Helps prevent a frontal collision or reduce the severity of that collision if it becomes unavoidable. Responds to vehicles and pedestrians via camera and laser radar.
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) – The Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system uses an onboard camera to monitor lane position in front of the vehicle audibly and visually, alerting the driver if it detects the vehicle leaving its lane unintentionally.
Adaptive Cruise Control System (ACC) – Maintains a selected distance between the vehicle and the car ahead via radar for greater safety and peace of mind. It reduces driver stress especially during traffic jams on highways.
Multi-View Camera System – The views from cameras mounted on the front, rear and sides of the vehicle (including a bird’s-eye view) can be displayed in various combinations to help reveal what is in blind spots and help you park.
Automatic High Beam (AHB) – These headlights automatically adjust between the brightness levels depending on the surrounding lights.
Pricing, Models and Warranty
All four Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross pricelines feature Super All-Wheel Control as standard, including: the base ES, SE, SE Tech package and GT.
With a starting MSRP of $27,798, the Eclipse Cross ES priceline is well-equipped with such standard features as: Heated power side view mirrors with integrated LED indicator lamps, rear spoiler, 18-inch alloy wheels, colour multi-information display screen, high-contrast speedometer and odometer, Bluetooth wireless technology, 7-inch thin-type Smartphone link Display Audio system with Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlay compatibility, steering wheel mounted audio, cruise and phone controls, rearview camera, automatic climate control, power door locks (and windows) with remote keyless entry and panic alarm, seven airbags and anti-theft alarm.
With a starting MSRP of $29,998, moving up to the Eclipse Cross SE priceline additionally offers: Blind Spot Warning (BSW) with Lane Change Assist (LCA), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), electric parking brake, paddle shifters, heated and power folding side-view mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob, rain-sensing wipers and premium seat fabric. A step up to the SE Tech package at an additional $2,000 adds Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), auto high-beam headlamps, auto-dimming rear-view mirror with HomeLink and black roof rails.
At the top of the line, the Eclipse Cross GT has an MSRP of $35,998, offering power panoramic roof, LED headlamps, Head-Up Display (HUD), Multi-View Camera system, 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate® premium audio system (nine speakers), leather seating surfaces, power driver’s seat, heated steering wheel and rear seats.
Finally, a unique, limited Diamond Edition Eclipse Cross is available from November 25 exclusively online via a special pre-order site. The Diamond Edition begins as an Eclipse Cross GT and features a strikingly unique body kit package and the lustrous Red Diamond paint created by a five-coat process that includes the layering of a semi-transparent red and clear coating for a high-colour saturation and intensity that produces a highly-refined, deeper finish. Red Diamond is the most premium exterior finish ever offered by Mitsubishi Motors.
Only 150 Diamond Edition models will be produced for the on-line promotion. Additionally, the Diamond Edition Eclipse Cross – which features an MSRP of $37,498 – receives black-painted 18 inch alloy wheels, front and rear silver bumper garnish and extensions to the front and rear corners along with the side sill.
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is backed by the best warranty in the world: 10 years or 160,000 km limited powertrain warranty and a five years or 100,000 km limited new vehicle warranty along with five years, unlimited mileage roadside assistance.
The Eclipse Cross will arrive in Canadian dealerships in March 2018. For more information please visit www.mitsubishi-motors-pr.ca.