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.
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.