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By Mario Cywinski


Historically, Mitsubishi Motors had been known as a passenger car company, with products like Gallant, Lancer and Evolution. As consumers continue to flock to the SUV segment, Mitsubishi is responding with a renewed focus on its sport utility and crossover portfolio including launching the new plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) version of its Outlander SUV, as well as the smaller RVR. The newest model to join the family, Eclipse Cross, slots in between the Outlander and RVR in the line-up.

“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.”

Mitsubishi Motors invited Canadian media to the Hockley Valley area, just north of Toronto, to experience the all-new 2018 Eclipse Cross. The Eclipse Cross took full advantage of the unseasonable mix of snow, wind and cold temperatures to showcase the capabilities of its standard Super All-Wheel Control system. The system can be set up to operate in auto mode, providing 4WD performance for a variety of conditions; snow mode, for snow covered roads and slippery conditions; and gravel mode, which is designed for times when high traction is needed.

Along with the 4WD system Eclipse Cross comes with a number of available safety features. Forward Collision Mitigation with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, Multi-View Camera System, and Automatic High Beams, join standard features: front, side (curtain and seat mounted), and driver knee airbags, stability and traction control, brake assist and override, hill start assist, tire pressure monitoring and more.

The Eclipse Cross comes with an all-new 1.5 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine offering 152 horsepower and 184 foot/pounds of torque mated to a CVT transmission with an eight-step sport mode. It is the first Mitsubishi to feature this engine. The engine uses Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control (MiVEC), direct injection, and a turbocharger with electronically-controlled waste gate actuator, which translates into better performance and fuel economy. To that end, the Eclipse Cross has estimated fuel consumption numbers of 9.3L/100 kilometres combines, 8.9L/100km on the highway, and 9.6L/100km in the city, drawing from its 60L fuel tank.

Stylistically the Eclipse Cross bears some resemblance to its big brother, Outlander, at least from the front. The side and rear profiles have their own DNA. The rear hatch has a split window which allows for a coupe like profile, while allowing for more cargo room. Cargo area behind the rear seats is 640L (626L with panoramic sunroof and subwoofer). An available panoramic sunroof offers two fixed glass pieces along with a centre glass pane that operates as a traditional sunroof.

Advanced technology features are part and parcel of any new vehicle today and Eclipse Cross is no exception. Mitsubishi has put a touchpad controller and Smartphone Link Display Audio with Android Auto and Apple Car Play as standard on Eclipse Cross. A heads-up display that pops up from the centre console is available and shows speed, seatbelt reminder, and information on lane departure warning, forward collision mitigation, cruise control, speed limiter and adaptive cruise control.

Four trim levels are available, ES, SE, SE with Tech package, and GT. All come with S-AWC. A special Diamond edition model is also available, it builds on the GT by adding a body kit package, red diamond paint, and black-painted 18-inch wheels. All trims offer a five-year/100,000 km basic warranty, Mitsubishi’s industry leading 10 year/160,000km powertrain warranty, and five-year/unlimited km roadside assistance.

As consumers show no signs of ending their love affair with SUVs, crossovers and trucks, Mitsubishi is well positioned with a strong selection of the vehicles customers want to buy .

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