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Mitsubishi reveals distinctive new crossover

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It’s with good reason that Mitsubishi’s latest crossover, the Eclipse Cross, takes the first part of its name from an older-generation two-door coupé that the Japanese carmaker once sold.

The newcomer is clearly aimed at the sporty corner of its segment, where it’ll compete with vehicles like the Nissan Qashqai. 

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Slotting above the ASX, the Eclipse Cross has a distinctive, wedge-like design inspired by some of Mitsubishi’s recent concept cars.

It’s also got turbo power, offering a choice between a brand new 1.5-litre direct injection turbopetrol engine and a 2.2-litre turbodiesel. The former is mated to an eight-step CVT transmission, while the oil burner gets a conventional eight-speed autobox. No power or performance figures have been released as yet.

Power goes to all four wheels through Mitsubishi’s electronically-controlled permanent all-wheel drive system, with cornering aided by the firm’s Super All-Wheel Control dynamics control system.

Inside it offers head-up display and the latest in phone-pairing through Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The car’s large central screen is operated through a touch pad positioned on the centre console.

We’re currently awaiting word on whether the new crossover is destined for South Africa.

IOL Motoring

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