Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 2020: Exceeding 4WD
Ah, Mitsubishi. When my father bought three diamonds, all of them were Astron engines, Sigma high-roof wagons and then Magnas and the like.
The company knows how to create passenger cars, make them here and if you’re a bearded Akubra hat, you bought a Pajero. And if you’re a weirdo, you bought the weird little Pajero io, because why didn’t you?
Times have changed and Mitsubishi has changed with them. Now almost all SUVs, Mirage seem to everyone (fortunately) have forgotten and even Lancer like Methuselah is no more. I think the car will never die (yes, it will live in our hearts, etc.).
The Eclipse Cross has arrived not a moment too soon for Mitsubishi. Although ASX is still a strong seller for the brand because the Outlander is better, there is a gap in which Mazda, Hyundai and Toyota (among others) create quite a lot of hay.
Mitsubishi needed to be in that market and in order to do so, revived the name of a late 90s sports coupe (yes, really) and slapped it into an incredible looking SUV. If you are going to plug a gap, go big, right?
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 7/10
In 2020, Mitsubishi made one of the annual adjustments and even then, it was hardly considered an adjustment. The same goes for ES, starting at $ 29,990 but getting into the LS and you have a new box to mark – ES 4WD, $ 2500 premium compared to $ 2,990 LS 2WD.
Exceed is still available with both systems for $ 36,690 or $ 39,190 depending on the number of control wheels.
The car I had for the week was the flagship Exceed AWD, which meant 18-inch alloys, six-speaker stereo, dual-zone climate control, front, side and reverse cameras, keyless start and start. , front and rear parking sensors, active cruise control, automatic LED headlights with high automatic headlights, head display, partial leather seats, mirrors and electric windows, auto wiper Space saving and spare parts.
The tiny screen (in the large frame) on the dashboard features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and looks pretty good at doing that, which is a good change for Mitsubishi. No sat nav, though, which nearly forty grand looks a bit stingy.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 7/10
Well hello, Mitsubishi style, where have you been? The last decade of tamed Mitsubishi design. The recent rise of the range has come to the front of the ‘Shield’ on, everything is not Mirage.
Eclipse Cross is like big uncle Kev making a bomb in the pool at Christmas. It wakes everyone up, including me. I’m not saying I’m a special fan – there’s a lot going on – but I had trouble complaining about cars that looked boring in the past and then putting in cars that didn’t look boring. .
The Dynamic Shield front is quite good and tells you who created the car from the moment you go. The steep rear monitor dominates the profile, giving it a little edgy so far missing from the lineup.
The LS-based black version is probably the best of the lot because Exceed’s chrome really emphasizes sharp angles. And of course, the polar tail door – that fast glass responds to a vertical glass panel and it’s split in the middle like a Honda CR-X. That is a bit distracting from the inside, though.
The inside is much calmer, with Exceed scoring first and new lights for MY20. I quite like this interior, although, everything feels more significant than ASX in particular, but it also looks very modern.
It’s a pity for the ASX steering wheel to go along, though as you’ll see shortly, I’m not saying it is ironic.
How realistic is the inner space? 7/10
Strictly speaking, Eclipse Cross is not a midsize SUV. When you look at the numbers, its wheelbase is no longer than the overwhelming ASX but it shares its foundation. But Eclipse has a few tricks up the sleeve.
The first is that the spacious back seat (for its size) can slide forward and back 200mm. On top of that, the seats recline to 32 degrees, which is quite comfortable. The 60/40 splits are also separated so you can adjust the boot space that way.
With the rear seats sliding all the way, you start with 341 liters and if you go the other way, it’s 448 liters, embarrassing the bigger machines. Drop the back seat completely and the space goes to 1122 liters.
However, the load space and boot aperture are very narrow, so be aware that this may limit flat-pack adventures. It still has plenty of space for a relatively small car.
You also get four cupholders (two in the front, two in the back), again for the bottle holder and a map bag on the back of each front seat.
If you like towing, the towing capacity of 1600kg trailers is surprisingly traction and 750kg doesn’t have a pretty nice standard.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 7/10
Eclipse Cross scored the rarest things – a completely new Mitsubishi engine – weighing only 1.5 liters on four cylinders.
With the aid of the turbo, the car’s 1555kg weight – the kids would call this ‘a fat boy’ – was towed at 110kW / 250Nm.
The entire range of use of this engine and gearbox varies continuously, and in Exceed AWD controls all four wheels.
There are eight ‘fake’ gears in the CVT that work when you use the paddle.
A little surprising (to me anyway) is the discovery that ‘Super All-Wheel Control’ (S-AWC) uses center differential. An Isuzu MU-X doesn’t even have one of them.
How much fuel does it consume? 6/10
Fuel sticker that you will see 7.7L / 100km, seems high to me. It turned out to be a small way, even by fuel sticker standards, the bold 1.5-liter delivers 10.3L / 100km.
The combination of hefty weight and non-stop starts to reduce the efficiency you can expect from a small capacity turbo, which is a pity.
What safety devices are equipped? What is a safety assessment? 9/10
Loaded into Exceed are seven airbags, ABS, stability and traction control, forward AEB, adaptive cruise control, reversing camera, lane departure warning, lane change assist, and spot monitoring. blind and rear traffic warning.
Add to that a complex device that helps prevent unintentional unintended acceleration events when you ride a bike under 10km / h.
Mitsubishi thought it would protect people and objects within four meters before or after but the dog would not stand still long enough for me to test that function. I quite consider it a concept.