Mitsubishi Leans on Heritage, Debuts 2018 Eclipse Cross SUV in Los Angeles
Mitsubishi Motors continues to gain traction in the compact SUV segment with the debut of a third SUV—the 2018 Eclipse Cross at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Eclipse is the moniker of the Japanese automaker’s sports car that was marketed through 2012. The sporty crossover mixes up sporty coupe-like SUV styling and will be available with advanced driver assistance systems.
The Eclipse Cross will begin reaching U.S. dealer showrooms in March 2018 and have a suggested beginning sticker of $23,295 (minus destination fees).The new Eclipse Cross, which has been called polarizing, controversial and distinctive by auto enthusiast sites, appears to slot between the Outlander compact SUV and Outlander Sport small or subcompact SUV.
Shaped like a sporty wedge with an athletic stance and a “dynamic shield design” grille plus quirky horizontal linear LED headlights, the all-wheel Drive (AWD) Eclipse Cross is powered by a new turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 152 horsepower and is matched with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Lots of advanced safety technology will be available in the new Eclipse Cross, including adaptive cruise, blind spot monitor, lane change assist and lane departure warning plus forward-collision prevention systems. There’s even a color head-up display.
Four trim levels will be offered from the basic ES that still comes equipped with a 7-in. digital display, full smartphone connectivity and a rearview camera to the top-end SEL that comes with leather-appointed seats, LED headlights, and even a head-up display. A separate Touring package can be ordered and it includes a power sliding panoramic sunroof, an audiophile sound system, and heated rear seats.