Dynamic Grocery Getter: 2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Published on 28 June, 2022

When it was first launched in 2017, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross faced a lot of criticisms from the auto entuasts. No one was ready to see their childhood dream car, the exact one used in The Fast and the Furious, turned into an oversized grocery getter. 

Despitenot living up to its JDM legend moniker, the resurrected Eclipse did turn out to be a success for Mitsubishi. With Its annual global sales figure crossing the 80,000 mark in 2019 alone, which is a little under over half the number of fourth gen Eclipse sold during its entire existence.

 

Team Turbine took out the recently refreshed Eclipse Cross for a test to find out what makes it so good. 

Out of the world Exterior

The last of the sporty little was a little ‘roundish’ to say the least. This new crossover however, is very angular all throughout. There is no mistake in recognising that it's a Mitsubishi product from looking at the wedge front. This is what Mitsubishi claims to be a “Dynamic Shield” design philosophy. Like it or hate it, the Eclipse Cross is bold and almost looks like it's ready to take off to visit another world, or perhaps, transform into a robot. 

The overall look of the Eclipse Cross has changed quite a bit ever since it received its first facelift back in 2021. Parked both side by side, the new one looks sharper from almost every angle while being more muscular throughout. 

The primary headlight area has been turned into the main DRLs which also come with integrated indicators. The main headlight units are now inside the large lower cutouts at the bottom, perhaps as a subtle tribute to Mitsubishi’s rich heritage in the world of rallying. 

One item I personally loved about the first generation Eclipse Cross was its unique two piece glass hatch and the central light bar connecting both tail lights. The current one received a more conventional single glass and separate tail lights which, while not necessarily bad looking, definitely not as cool as the previous generation model in my opinion.

A Welcoming Interior 

Getting inside, the Eclipse Cross greets you with a back to basics cabin- black upholstery, physical buttons, and a moderate 6.1 inch infotainment system. The arrangement might feel boring at frist but it starts to get interesting as one starts to look around more carefully. 

The sporty looking faux-leather stitched front seats are both powered and heated while each  occupants get their individual USB ports and even a separate 12V socket. The driver is treated to a heads up display and a 4.2 inch secondary LCD display in between the gauge clusters to display the various vehicle related information.

 As mentioned before, the relatively diminutive 6.1-inch infotainment system might feel a little small, but let the curious kid inside you to play with it for a while and it’ll be obvious that this has everything which should be standard in a modern car. Apple Car Play and Android Auto, navigation, bluetooth connectivity, receiving calls- all the basic features packed away in a neat little UI. . 

The rear seats are where buyers of such crossovers in Bangladesh will usually spend most of their time. I’m happy to say the rear seats of the Eclipse Cross are a nice place to be. Especially with its power panoramic sunroof which opens up to allow sunlight and air, and perhaps some concrete debris when driving under the soon to be opened MRT lines.

On the move

The new Eclipse Cross is meant to be a family grocery getter and with occasional road trips here and there. Hence our expectation wasn’t set too high when the car was taken out for a spin.  

However, the turbocharged 4B40 engine powering the Eclipse Cross surpassed my expectations. The 1.5 liter motor might seem tiny for a mid-size crossover but it was enough to excite users when pushed a little. 

The low end power delivery provided by the INVECS-III CVT was brilliant and came with barely any turbo lag. Paddle shifters with eight simulated gears are available, although it does little to alleviate the ever audible CVT droning.

The suspension is surprisingly stable for a crossover around the corners. Body roll is present but not nearly as much as one may expect in a crossover of this size, albeit, the perfect balance for control and comfort.

Verdict

The original Eclipse was built for enthusiasts. This one however, has been built to be the practical daily driver for the enthusiasts. It is unique and stands out in the crowd with its spaceship-like exterior, and a very engaging interior that ticks all boxes and ensures a surprisingly fun riding experience for both the driver as well as the passengers.


 

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