The hotly contested crossover market has a new contender, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.
Crossover cars, more or less a smaller and more affordable version of an SUV, are bred for tackling tougher terrain but still sport urban street style, albeit with little more clearance.
Looks are important in this slice of the market, and the Eclipse Cross arrives with some striking features. With robust styling on the upper body, the lower sports some dart-like features that may be more appealing than its box-like rivals.
Riding on a 2670mm wheelbase, it is sporty, with plenty of chrome shine around the front end. Top rivals are likely to be the Nissan Qashqai and Toyota CH-R. However, a unique selling point here is that the Mitsubishi is available in all-wheel drive, giving it some practical credibility (with a ground clearance of 180mm) in those rougher terrains that the crossover is supposed to be able to tackle. There is also a money-saving front wheel drive option.
Power will come from a normally aspirated two-litre petrol unit rated at 110kW and 198Nm. Unfortunately the 1.5-litre turbopetrol variant won’t be available in SA. Power is directed to a continuously variable gearbox with a six-step sports mode, also controlled manually via steering-mounted paddles.
The interior brings leather seats, automatic climate control, head-up display, multi-function steering wheel, front and rear park distance control with reverse camera, cruise control, keyless operating system, seven airbags, stability and traction control and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The 4x2 retails at R399 995 while the 4x4 is yours for R449 995.