The updated Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross small crossover SUV has arrived with a bolder exterior, new interior redesign, improved handling and an incoming plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant.
Priced from $30,290, the petrol-engined 2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Crosses have begun rolling into Aussie showrooms ahead of the Eclipse Cross PHEV that's due next year.
The Eclipse Cross' mid-life redesign helps separate it from its smaller, better-selling ASX stablemate, and it features sharper, more futuristic design language and a revised interior to compete with newer rivals such as the Volkswagen T-Roc and Mazda CX-30.
A new front fascia does away with the horizontal chrome bar of old, and there is a new mesh grille flanked by a pair of slick headlight clusters.
More than just a ‘face’ lift, the rear end has also received a noticeable restyle. It now features a much more conventional single piece of tailgate glass and a normal top-mounted spoiler, while redesigned taillights now extend up to the roof.
It's a big improvement over the awkward styling of the first-generation Eclipse Cross.
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Inside, Mitsubishi has matched upholstery colour to trim elements depending on specification, while a new 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto sits closer to the driver.
The boot space is a handy 405-litres, which expands up to 1146 litres with the rear seats folded down.
Importantly, Mitsubishi has dropped the previous touchpad control system and added physical volume and tuning knobs.
The petrol Eclipse Cross versions carry-over 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine (100kW/250Nm) from the previous model, which is mated to a continuously-variable transmission as standard and an all-wheel-drive layout.
As mentioned above, the Eclipse Cross will come with the option of a plug-in hybrid powertrain that's due later in 2021. That scores the twin-motor 2.4-litre 4WD powertrain from the Outlander PHEV, with a handful of changes to cope with the difference in size between the two cars (though Mitsubishi hasn't told us exactly what those changes are yet).
The Outlander’ provides 157kW/332Nm and a 13.8kW battery that offers a potential all-electric driving range of 54km, but we'll need to wait until closer to the Eclipse Cross's launch.
Suspension tweaks including tweaked spring rates and larger-diameter rear shocks round out the mechanical changes to the 2021 Eclipse Cross.
Eclipse Cross features
The range starts with the Eclipse Cross ES 2WD which retails for $30,290 and comes standard with:
- 8.0-inch touchscreen
- Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
- Bluetooth and voice control
- Digital radio (DAB+)
- 4-speaker sound system
- Reversing camera
- Autonomous emergency braking
- Paddle shifters
- Climate control air-conditioning
- LED daytime running lights
- Cruise control
- 7 airbags.
Stepping up to the Eclipse Cross LS 2WD brings:
- Smart keyless entry and start
- Lane departure warning
- LED front fog-lamps
- Rear parking sensors
- Rain-sensing windscreen wipers
- Dusk-sensing headlights
- Auto high beam
- Black roof rails
- Heated and power-folding door mirrors
- 6-speaker sound system
- Leather-trimmed steering wheel
- Electronic parking brake
The Eclipse Cross LS AWD has all that plus all-wheel traction.
The new Eclipse Cross Aspire 2WD brings the features of the LS 2WD drive, plus:
- Microsuede/synthetic leather seat trim
- Power-operated driver's seat
- Heated front seats
- Adaptive cruise control with 'stop & go' function
- Rear-cross traffic alert
- Blind-spot warning
- Lane change assist
- 360-degree parking monitor
- Front parking sensors
- Dual-zone air-conditioning
- 8-speaker premium sound system
- Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
The range-topping Eclipse Cross Exceed AWD adds:
- Leather seat trim
- Low-speed forward and reverse auto-braking for accidental accelerator inputs
- LED headlights
- Power-operated front passenger seat
- Tom Tom navigation
- Double-pane sunroof
- Head-up display
- Heated front and rear seats
- Heated steering wheel
- Black interior headlining.
Eclipse Cross retail pricing
- Eclipse Cross LS 2WD - $30,290
- Eclipse Cross LS 2WD - $32,590
- Eclipse Cross LS AWD - $35,090
- Eclipse Cross Aspire 2WD - $34,990
- Eclipse Cross Exceed 2WD - $38,290
- Eclipse Cross Exceed AWD - $40,790