Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: which one to choose?

Heir to the best-selling plug-in hybrid SUV in Europe, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross takes on its core principles. Which version to choose? Auto Moto and guide.

four-wheel drive, a plug-in hybrid heart capable of driving in 100% electric modean original look and modern equipment: on paper, the Eclipse Cross has it all.

This SUV, relaunched in the spring of 2021, uses the technology of its predecessor called Outlander PHEV, with a four-cylinder gasoline engine coupled to two electric motors.

The latter are powered by a battery capable of ensuring a range of 45 kilometers: enough go to the office daily without consuming a single drop of fuel. At the wheel, the high weight (1,900 kg) is not noticeable, the Japanese is nice, accurate and rather dynamic.

On board this model 4.55 meters long, the presentation does not suffer any major defects, even if the materials remain hard to the touch. The ergonomics are pleasing despite a perfect multimedia interface and the absence of digital instrumentation, and there is plenty of storage space.

The presence of reclining backrests of the rear seats serves well-being and habitability is sufficient for a family of four. Too bad, however, that the trunk only has a capacity of 328 liters and that the backrests do not provide a flat surface when folded.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: equipment

The input level, called Invitations (from € 40,390)benefit from:

  • reversing camera
  • lane departure warning
  • cruise control / speed limiter
  • autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • headlights and wipers on automatically
  • automatic code / headlight change
  • Automatic air conditioning in two areas
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Hands-free access.
  • steering wheel paddles
  • driving programs
  • six speaker audio system
  • 8-inch touchscreen compatible with Apple CarPlay / Android Auto
  • heated front seats
  • black roof bars
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • tinted glass and rear window.

Finished Intense (from € 43,390) add to this:

  • header screen
  • electric heating (independent of heat engine)
  • traffic signal recognition
  • electrically adjustable driver’s seat
  • GPS
  • front and rear parking sensors
  • LED headlights and fog lights
  • Silver front and rear straps
  • Mitsubishi Remote Control application (allows you to remotely check the battery charge level, act on the air conditioner, etc.)
  • Involuntary acceleration detector: If pressure is exerted on the accelerator while the vehicle is, for example, facing a wall, the Eclipse Cross will not move forward.

The declension Intense Edition (from € 44,990) also includes:

  • adaptive cruise control
  • blind spot monitoring
  • 360 ° camera
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (to indicate the possible arrival of a vehicle when you engage reverse gear)
  • heated flying
  • heated rear seats.

The version Intense style (same price, € 44,990) it is based on the Intense finish and stands out with the glossy black front and rear bumper strips. She adds:

  • leather upholstery
  • double glazed ceiling (front opening)
  • electrically adjustable right front seat
  • heated flying
  • heated rear seats
  • adaptive cruise control

Finished Intense design (from € 45,390) add Invite Rear Cross Traffic Control, 360 ° Camera, Adaptive Cruise Control, blind spot monitoring and the Mitsubishi Power Sound audio system with eight speakers and two USB ports. Its shield diadems are bright black.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV control panel

The top of the baptized range Instyle (from € 47,390) is based on the Intense Edition version and adds shiny black bumper strips, double glazed ceiling (opens to the front), two electric front seats, eight-speaker audio system and leather upholstery.

Our advice: The equipment of the basic version is quite extensive, but the Intense finish offers much more for everyday enjoyment. And for € 1,600 more, the Intense Edition is dedicated to security. Keep in mind that even the high-end Instyle stays below € 50,000, benefiting from the € 1,000 purchase bonus.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: plug-in hybrid

For those who have a plug in their garden or garage, the Eclipse Cross has a great advantage: its 13.8 kWh capacity lithium ion battery allows you to cover about forty “real” kilometers in 100% electric mode, on the secondary network.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV

In the city, this distance can even flirt with 50 kilometers. Beyond this route, the thermal system wakes up to expand its autonomy.

Only downsides: lead-free tank capacity (43 liters) requires regular stops and, empty battery, average consumption is over 8 l / 100 km, even going up to 10 l / 100 km at a good pace.

As for the connection, it takes less than six hours for a full charge of the battery in a home outlet and four short hours with a WallBox.

In hybrid operation, most often, the 2.4-liter gasoline engine and 98 hp serves as a generator to recharge the battery. It can also drive the front axle, especially above 135 km / h, and thus bring the accumulated power to 188 hp when the electric drives the rear axle.

For driving pleasure, the performances are very sufficient and, during deceleration, the regenerative braking, which contributes to the recharging of the batteries, is adjustable according to 5 levels from the blades of the steering wheel. This allows you to brake the SUV more or less forcefully, so you can adjust the reactions of the Eclipse Cross to your driving style.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: an option to choose?

As is often the case with Mitsubishi, the level of finish determines all the equipment. Only a metal paint (€ 650) or a special paint, billed at € 850, are among the options.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross in figures

  • 1,000: is, in euros, the bonus enjoyed by Eclipse Cross customers. This amount must be deducted at the time of purchase, on vehicles sold until June 30, 2022.
  • 2: This model is the second version of Eclipse Cross. The first, presented at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, was 4.40 meters long and had only a 163 hp 1.5 turbo engine. Phase 2, launched in 2021 with a generously modified style, spans 4.55 meters and is only offered as a PHEV version.
  • 940: This is the number of Eclipse Cross PHEV sold in France since launch, in the spring of 2021 (late January 2022).
  • 135: At km / h, this is the top speed of the Eclipse Cross when driving in 100% electric mode.
  • 1,500: This is the maximum power, in watts, supplied by the home plug accessible to the trunk of the Eclipse Cross. What to connect to a computer, a vacuum cleaner or a coffee machine.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV: the technical sheet

  • LxAxA (m): 4.55 × 1.81 × 1.68
  • Wheelbase (m): 2.67
  • Fuel tank (l): 43
  • 5/2 pit (l): 328 / 1.108

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