MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE CROSS
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is the first of a new generation of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) cars – more capable and desirable thanks to sharp designs; engaging driving characteristics; advanced technologies, enhanced safety features and more inviting interiors.
- Distinctive SUV coupé exterior
- Bold “Dynamic Shield” visual identity
- Strong, flowing lines with sharply-defined beltline and sporty stance
- Eye-catching LED lighting front and rear
- Vibrant new red paint applied using all-new chromatic painting process
- Fine balance between design, visibility, space and aerodynamic performance
- High rigidity bodyshell with advanced construction and front suspension turret brace
- Suspension and steering calibrated for a more engaging driving experience
- S-AWC (Super-All Wheel Control) vehicle dynamics control system – more than an ESC system
- 1.5-litre, direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine
- Two transmission choices: Six-speed manual (FWD only) and advanced CVT automatic with eight-speed “Sport Mode” controlled via steering wheel paddle shifters (FWD and AWD)
Advanced Technologies and Enhanced Safety:
- 5-star NCAP safety rating
- Forward Collision Mitigation system (FCM)
- Lane Departure Warning system (LDW)
- Automatic headlights with automatic high-beam
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Reversing camera
- Seven airbags, including driver’s side knee airbag
- S-AWC chassis system
- LED daytime running lights
- Smartphone-link Display Audio (SDA) touchscreen infotainment system
- Touchpad controller
- Head-Up Display (available on Eclipse Cross Dynamic model and above)
- Other available features include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC, Exceed Auto only), Blind Spot Warning system (BSW) with Lane Change Assist (LCA), 360-degree camera and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA, Exceed only)
- Horizontal axis dashboard architecture with ‘information’ above and ‘operation’ below
- Japanese craftsmanship with high quality materials and solidly-weighted switchgear
- “Cockpit” environment generated by high console and deep seating position with well-bolstered seats
- Rear seat slide-and-recline adjustment to maximise versatility
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross in detail:
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross represents a new direction for the brand – it brings Mitsubishi Motors into the mid-size SUV class for the first time and immediately sets itself apart with its expressive and bold design, cockpit-like interior, sharp driving dynamics and advanced technologies.
The styling of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, which was inspired by and evolved from the Mitsubishi XR PHEV II Concept car, incorporates its dynamic contours and wedge-shaped beltline, resulting in a sporty, coupé-like shape with a tapered roofline, short overhangs and muscular front and rear fenders. The deeply sculptured upper and lower side character lines are also carried over from the XR PHEV II Concept.
The rear end is distinguished by its full width light bar, which incorporates LED brake lights, while further attention to detail is evident in the twin bubble roof (not available with the panoramic sunroof), which aids headroom and aerodynamics, and the rear wiper being hidden beneath the roof lip spoiler so as not to interfere with rearward visibility.
At the front, the Dynamic Shield visual identity sees the fog lamps and indicators set lower within striking bumper recesses, while the LED headlights and daytime running lights are located in the main headlamp assembly. The detailing, such as the mesh upper grille, subtly contributes to the sporty visual character of the car.
In addition to its more stylish design, the Eclipse Cross also represents a significant enhancement of the perceived quality of Mitsubishi Motors products, with materials, textures, colours and trim more consistent with the concept of fine Japanese craftsmanship and arranged such that they contrast and complement each other perfectly.
This is perhaps most obvious in the special Red Diamond metallic paint developed for the Eclipse Cross which – amongst other steps – is applied using a semi-transparent red coating incorporating mica flakes applied over several other layers before being itself covered by a final clear coating. This process involves a succession of two baking stages while specially-developed programs ensure a high quality finish.
MMC Engineering aimed to match the SUV ‘coupé’ tag with driving dynamics that fulfil the brand’s sporting heritage. As a base for optimum handling, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross features a highly rigid yet lightweight bodyshell, 55 per cent of which is made from high tensile strength steel.
It incorporates a three-point front strut tower brace, as well as specific reinforcements to the cowl top, spring housing, rear roof and upper corner rails. These combine to give more direct steering feel and improve straight line stability at higher speeds. Structural “adhesive” bonding has also been used extensively in the door openings, rear tailgate opening and rear wheel housings, which also aid steering feel and enhance the ride quality.
The suspension system (MacPherson struts at the front/Multi-link set-up at the rear) was developed to target precision and cornering ability, while also striking a balance between handling and comfort, with an emphasis on limiting body roll and reducing NVH.
Several techniques were employed to achieve these objectives; for example, the dampers use fast-response check valves to improve damping performance and the rebound spring design effectively contributes to sprung stability. The use of thinner front strut spring pads and their slanted layout make for more linear loading changes under compression, improving straight line stability and steering feel, while the newly designed rear suspension cross-member uses insert bushings for the upper and lower control arms and toe control arm. Their low rigidity allows them to absorb more surface shocks during wheel bounce and significantly reduce unpleasant vibration under normal driving conditions.
The rear multi-link set-up of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has been given greater rigidity against lateral forces, again contributing to more accurate cornering, direct steering feel and enhanced vehicle stability.
Contributing to the driving dynamics of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, the electric power steering system has been developed for less noise and, again, improved road feel, featuring new motor components and a higher gear ratio compared to the Mitsubishi Outlander. The braking system has also been developed with performance in mind, the all-round disc set-up including ventilated discs in the front. Refinement is also enhanced through the rear suspension cross members featuring a noise-damping design, which reduces road noise transmitting to the body.
Key to the Eclipse Cross’ impressive dynamics is Mitsubishi Motors’ Super-All Wheel Control* (S-AWC) dynamic control system which manages the driving and braking forces of all four wheels, in particular through the regulation of torque split between the left and right wheels.
As a starting point, the 4WD system feeds the optimum torque to the rear wheels as required by the throttle opening, vehicle speed and driving conditions. The S-AWC system in the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross incorporates a brake-activated Active Yaw Control (‘AYC’) system into the 4WD system, accurately determining driver inputs and vehicle behaviour via sensors measuring steering input, yaw rate, drive torque, brake force and wheel speed, directing yaw moment to the relevant system components to assist the vehicle in following the driver’s steering intent.
S-AWC improves handling through corners, vehicle stability when driving straight or changing lane, and over low-friction surfaces with a standard 80:20 front-to-rear torque split that can be instantly and continuously adjusted to a maximum of 55:45 front-to-rear in Auto mode.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross’ S-AWC system offers three drive modes, engaged through the drive mode selector located on the centre console. Under normal circumstances, the 4WD system uses Auto mode to manage torque feed and return the best fuel economy; if it encounters a low-friction surface or similar conditions it automatically apportions more torque to the rear wheels for better vehicle stability. Snow mode is for snow-covered and other slippery surfaces, while Gravel mode delivers full 4WD performance for difficult terrain, poor roads or to extract the vehicle when stuck in mud or snow.
While a front-wheel drive-biased system, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross’ S-AWC torque split can significantly – and automatically – vary according to driving conditions, all the way to a rear-wheel drive bias in Snow or Gravel drive modes.
A significant contributor to the sporty characteristics of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is its, four-cylinder, 4B40 1.5-litre Direct-Injection turbocharged petrol engine. Producing a very flat torque curve from 1,800rpm to 4,500rpm, its instant throttle response can be attributed to its ‘MIVEC’ variable valve timing and compact turbocharger, while its advanced specification includes such details as sodium-filled valves, similar to those of the Lancer Evolution Final Edition. The compact all-aluminium unit was also designed with weight reduction in mind, with cylinder heads integrated with the exhaust manifold and a resin intake manifold (20 per cent lighter than an equivalent aluminium component while offering more than a 50 per cent maximum reduction of air temperature).
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 1.5-litre petrol is available with a 6-speed manual gearbox (2WD only) or a CVT automatic transmission (2WD and 4WD) which incorporates Sport Mode manual override, operated via the gear lever or steering wheel paddle shifters. With its eight “gears”, the Sport Mode provides close-ratio gearing that brings out the maximum potential of the engine, employing a new ‘Step-up’ shifting control system to generate a subtle momentary change in driving force, creating the sensation that the CVT is shifting gears like a traditional automatic transmission.
Another first for the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is the dashboard architecture that uses a horizontal axis to split functions between ‘Information’ (above the axis) and ‘Operation’ (beneath the axis). The logical layout also works to visually widen the interior, while the tall centre console helps create cockpit-like environment to enhance the sporty driving experience still further.
Bestowing the Eclipse Cross with a high-quality, crafted feel, carbon and piano black accents are used for the instrument panel, steering wheel, centre console and door panels, while high finish silver trim frames the lower dashboard, centre console blades, front door armrests and air vents. Mitsubishi’s latest model also benefits from all-new front seats featuring body-hugging side bolsters, optimised foam density and thicker cushioning, and new switchgear that is more substantial in operation and, consequently, more satisfying to use.
Large areas such as the dashboard or the door panels are trimmed with a soft, dimpled, leather-like material – contrasting in touch and feel with the smooth silver and black trim – while the high-quality leather upholstery features subtle orange stitching. Interior refinement is heightened through the use of extensive sound insulation within the body panels as well as the use of soundproof glazing and a floor silencer material.
Within its compact dimensions (2,670mm wheelbase, 1,805mm overall width and overall length of 4,405mm), the Eclipse Cross offers an airy and spacious interior. Luggage space is optimised with a 60:40 split rear seat, with slide-and-recline adjustments, which provides rear occupants with plenty of legroom (200mm sliding range) while also allowing them to adopt their favourite seatback position (16-32° via eight reclining steps).
Adding to the overall roominess, the clever twin bubble roof design ensures plenty of headroom, a benefit which isn’t compromised if the car is equipped with the panoramic glass roof. Other features that aid practicality and comfort are wide opening rear doors (75°), multiple storage areas including a large double-compartment glovebox, centre console with sunglasses tray, underfloor cargo box and new ‘Sync’ function for the air conditioning to synchronise the left and right temperature.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross marks the debuts of a number of technological features in the MMC range. Mitsubishi’s Smartphone link Display Audio (SDA) uses a 7-inch touch-screen display, located prominently on the dashboard where the driver can view infotainment data quickly, safely and with minimal eye movement.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross’ Smartphone link Display Audio supports Apple CarPlay*1, the smarter, safer way to use an iPhone*1 in the car. The driver can use Siri*1 or the SDA’s touch screen to get directions optimised for traffic conditions, make and receive calls, access text messages and listen to music, all in a way that allows them to stay focused on the road. SDA also supports the Android AutoTM*2 which provides voice controlled operation of Google MapsTM,*2 Google PlayTM*2 music and other apps.
The SDA system is combined with a new Touchpad Controller, which allows for a more intuitive operation of the infotainment system than the usual rotating knobs. For instance, audio volume can be adjusted using two fingers to swipe the controller screen either up or down. The Touchpad Controller can operate audio functions such as the radio and iPod, as well as the Apple CarPlay. Placing the Touchpad Controller in the centre console allows the driver to operate the SDA easily and without having to shift seating position.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross also benefits from a Head-Up Display (HUD) which displays the following vehicle information directly but unobtrusively in the driver’s field of view:
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) (available on Eclipse Cross Exceed)
- Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM)
- Adjustable Speed Limitation (ASL)
- Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
- Cruise control
- Shift indicator (w/ paddle shifting)
- Seat belt reminder
- Door ajar indicator
The virtual full colour crystal display is calibrated to minimise the distance between its focal point and the driver’s field of view, reducing unnecessary eye movement and allowing the driver to read the information more quickly and safely.
The fold-out HUD unit is located on top of the instrument binnacle and opens and closes automatically or manually. The display angle can be adjusted for individual driving positions, while brightness can also be adjusted to match the surrounding light level (both automatically and manually).
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross features the latest in MMC safety technology, using multiple sensors to monitor the perimeter of the car, predict situations that can lead to an accident and assist the driver in avoiding them.
The inclusion of these advanced systems has contributed to a maximum 5-star NCAP safety rating. The Eclipse Cross scored highly within the ‘Small Off-roader’ vehicle class, achieving a 97 per cent rating for Adult Protection and an 80 per cent Pedestrian Protection rating.
- Forward Collision Mitigation system (FCM)
This system uses a camera and a short range laser located behind the windscreen (ACC-equipped models also use a millimetre-wave radar located behind the front bumper for high speed operation) to detect vehicles or pedestrians ahead. If FCM determines a risk of collision it audibly warns the driver and assists in mitigating collision damage or, depending on the situation, in avoiding a collision by automatically applying the brakes (from 3mph).
- Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
This system alerts the driver when it senses that the car is about to drift out of its lane at speeds above 40mph.
- Blind Spot Warning (BSW) with Lane Change Assist (LCA) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
Using two radio wave radars located behind the rear bumper, the BSW system warns the driver of vehicles approaching from the rear and side, including the blind spot, and assists during lane change and reversing manoeuvres. BSW operates within a range of 70m from behind (and 3m from either side of the car) and a speed of 6mph (11mph for the Rear Cross Traffic Alert). Door mirror indicators and buzzer sounds support the driver when changing lanes or manoeuvring.
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
Using the 77GHz millimetre-wave radar mentioned above, ACC controls the distance from the preceding vehicle, slowing Eclipse Cross to match the pace of the other vehicle ahead. With a dab of the accelerator pedal or flick of a steering-wheel switch it can proceed again when the vehicle ahead moves off or increases its speed (within legal limits).
Of particular note, Eclipse Cross’ ACC adds further functions:
- Low speed (slow traffic) function
- Extended reach of operation along winding roads
- Early detection of cutting-in vehicles
- Stop-go traffic functionality (stops and holds the car until prompted to proceed)
- This standstill function is also compatible with the Auto Stop & Go system
- Automatic High Beam (AHB)
AHB monitors the headlights and foglights of incoming vehicles as well as street lighting and ambient light levels and automatically switches between high and low beam accordingly. High beams are automatically activated above 25mph when no other vehicle is present and in a dark environment.
- Around vehicle monitor with bird-view image
Four cameras are positioned around the vehicle showing five different views – front, rear, right, left and a composite 360° overhead image – which assist when parking in tight spots. Parking guiding lines are shown on the screen which respond in real time to steering wheel movements.
Furthermore, a set of ultrasonic sensors, four at the front and four at the rear, alerting the driver of the presence of objects close to the car (under 9mph).
- Electric parking brake and brake auto hold
Available for automatic models, this system ensures the car will remain stationary after the brake pedal is released. It will be disengaged automatically when the driver presses the accelerator pedal.
These systems add to the Eclipse Cross’ extensive safety features, which include Mitsubishi Motors’ RISE** structure and seven airbags.
Eclipse Cross Verve:
- 16” alloy wheels
- SDA with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, DAB & 6 speakers
- Reversing camera
- Bluetooth hands free connection
- Touch pad controller
- Projection halogen headlamps
- Cruise control
- Climate control air conditioning
- Auto lights & wipers with auto high beam
- LED DRL’s and interior lighting
- Rear spoiler
- Forward Collision Mitigation system (FCM)
- Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
- 7 airbags
- Wheel arch moulding
- Black side sill garnish
- Front and rear silver skid plate
- Privacy glass
- Colour keyed mirrors and door handles
- Black interior door handles
Eclipse Cross Dynamic:
Specification as Verve Plus:
- 18-inch alloy wheels with 2 tone design
- Head-Up display
- High grade fabric interior with silver stitch
- Heated front seats
- Dual zone climate control
- Keyless Operation System (KOS) with engine stop/start
- Heated door mirrors with power fold
- Soundproof windscreen
- Silver side sill garnish
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Electronic handbrake with brake auto hold
- Sports shift paddles
- On-demand 4WD with push button (4WD CVT only)
Eclipse Cross Exceed:
Specification as Dynamic Plus:
- Premium Rockford Fosgate audio system with 9 speakers
- Black leather interior with orange stitch & power driver’s seat adjustment
- Power panoramic roof
- LED headlights with wash function
- 360° camera
- Blind Spot Warning (BSW)
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
- Lane Change Assist (LCA)
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
OTR Price* (Sept ’18)
Eclipse Cross Verve Manual
Eclipse Cross Dynamic Manual
Eclipse Cross Dynamic Automatic
Eclipse Cross Dynamic Automatic 4WD
Eclipse Cross Exceed Manual
Eclipse Cross Exceed Automatic 4WD
*On the road prices include VAT and first reg fee. Metallic, pearlescent and Diamond paint extra
L 4405 / W 1805 / H 1685 / WB 2670
Boot Space (Litres)
448 (341 in max legroom configuration)
Track F/R (mm)
1545 / 1545
Ground Clearance (mm)
Off Road Angles (Degrees)
Approach 20.3° / Breakover 19.5° / Departure 30.8°
Towing Capacity (kg)
1,600 (braked trailer)
1,499cc I-4 Turbo Petrol
163 @ 5,500rpm
250 @ 2,400 – 4,500rpm
Top Speed (MPH)
Fuel Efficiency (combined cycle) NEDC correlated †
36.2 – 37.7
CO2 emission NEDC correlated combined(g/km) †
Kerb Weight (kg)
1425 – 1455
Fuel Tank Capacity
McPherson Strut Front / Multi-link Rear
Ventilated Discs / Solid Discs
12,500 miles / 12 months
5 Years / 62,500 miles
12 Year Anti-Corrosion Perforation
3 Year Pan-European including Home Start
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†In accordance with the latest regulation, the figures of NEDC correlated are retrieved through CO2MPAS from WLTP figures, which is different from the previous NEDC measurement
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is now on sale in the UK.
* Originally introduced in a very early form (‘AWC’) in the highly sophisticated 1987 Galant VR4, it was further developed along the 10 iterations of Lancer Evolution, before the introduction of a new take with Outlander PHEV in 2012 and its unique Twin (electric) Motor 4WD configuration
^ All these features are standard on UK models, unless otherwise stated.
1… Apple CarPlay, iPhone, and Siri are trademarks of Apple Inc. registered in the United States and other countries.
2… Android Auto and Google Maps are trademarks or registered trademarks of Google Inc.
**“Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution”: An MMC system that brings dramatic advances in multi-directional impact safety performance with dispersing energy loads during side and rear crashes and controlling distortion, to enhance occupant protection.