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2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross First Drive

It is not uncommon to see top automobile companies re-launching popular but discontinued models with moderate changes and a new moniker. That is exactly Japan-based Mitsubishi motor has done with 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

The Eclipse which was a sport compact vehicle and manufactured till 2012 is going to be re-launched. The new model is called Eclipse Sport and is aimed at Nissan Qashqai. It is going to be sold In Europe and Australia primarily. It will be slotted between the Outlander and ASX. This is possibly the last one Mitsubishi model before the company becomes a part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross front

2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Sleek and Aerodynamic

There is no denying the upcoming 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a stylish SUV. The design is sleek and quite aerodynamic. It looks stylish from any angle. The production model does not actually look very different from the concept model showcased at the Geneva Auto show 2017.

The midsized SUV is coming with three trims- Eclipse 2, Eclipse 3 and top end Eclipse 4. It has a coupe-like roofline. The cabin will be designed lavishly and cargo space should be more than enough for all necessary stuff. The upcoming model will sit on105.1-inch wheelbase. It will also get a number of small item storage bins and cubicles.

Safety and Trims Features

As a midsized SUV, the upcoming Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a very safe vehicle. Safety features are decent and same can be said about included amenities. All trims get 7.0-inch touchscreen screen infotainment setup. This is compatible with Bluetooth and smartphone. Other features are rear view camera, 16-inch alloy wheels, heated door mirrors, privacy glass, DAB radio cruise control.

All trims get safety features such as Lane Departure Warning, Anti-lock Braking system, Hill Start Assist, Active Stability Control and Forward Collision Mitigation. Of course, there are quite a few airbags in the cabin.

The Cross 3 trim adds 18-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, keyless start, parking sensors, electrically folding door mirrors. Eclipse Cross 4 trim gets leather seats, panoramic roof, premium Rockford Fosgate sound system.

It also gets more advanced safety features like 360-degree parking camera, Lane Change Assist, Blind Spot Warning. The infotainment system is good but it relies more on the app. The software is sleek and the included high-resolution touchscreen is easy to use.

2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross interior

2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Engine Specs

The model 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will have under the hood a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine. This engine comes with CVT automatic transmission. The powertrain will have separate drive modes- Auto, Snow and Gravel. Both FWD and AWD will be available. The AWD comes with popular Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system.

However, in selected markets comes with 2.2-litre turbo-diesel. This is the same engine like in Outlander. The new model arrived with standard front-wheel drive system or all four wheels optional. However, all-wheel-drive models will have 8.5 inches of ground clearance.

2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Fuel Economy and Towing Capacity

The newest model with a petrol engine and front wheel drive system will offer good EPA rating of 42.8 mpg. However, with the all-wheel-drive system, the fuel economy is little worse with 40.4mpg. All models can tow 2,000 pounds when properly equipped.

2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross rear

2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Price and Release Date

The 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will be available for sale at the end of this year. The base trim price is approx $25,000.

Summing it up

The 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a stylish midsized SUV that will help the company consolidate its position in the segment. The new model is very safety and amenities are also decent. The engine is a decent performer and pricing is competitive. The newest model will compete with models Nissan Qashqai, Seat Ateca, Renault Kadjar and Toyota RAV4.

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