Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: which one to choose?

Heir to Europe’s best-selling plug-in hybrid SUV, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross takes fundamental principles. Which version to choose? Auto Moto guides you.

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 spring 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 guaranteeing an electric range of 45 kilometers: enough going to the office daily without consuming a drop of fuel. At the wheel, the high weight (1,900 kg) is barely felt, the Japanese is pleasant, precise and quite dynamic.

aboard this 4.55 meter long model, the presentation does not show any serious defects, even if the materials remain hard to the touch. Ergonomics are pleasant despite a perfectible multimedia interface and absence of digital instrumentation, and there are plenty of storage spaces.

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

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: equipment

The entry level, called Invitations (from €40,390)profit from:

  • reverse camera
  • lane departure warning
  • cruise control/speed limiter
  • autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • automatic headlights and wipers
  • automatic code/headlight switching
  • two-zone automatic climate control
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • “hands-free” access start
  • steering wheel paddles
  • driving programs
  • six-speaker audio system
  • 8” Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatible touchscreen
  • heated front seats
  • black ceiling rails
  • 18 inch alloy wheels
  • tinted windows and rear window.

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

  • head view
  • Electric heating (independent of the combustion engine)
  • traffic sign recognition
  • electrically adjustable driver’s seat
  • GPS
  • front and rear parking sensors
  • LED headlights and fog lights
  • silver front and back tiaras
  • Mitsubishi Remote Control App (which allows you to remotely check the battery charge level, operate the air conditioning, etc.)
  • involuntary acceleration detector: if pressure is applied to the accelerator while the vehicle is, for example, facing a wall, the Eclipse Cross will not advance.

the declension Intense Edition (from €44,990) additionally includes:

  • adaptive cruise control
  • blind spot monitoring
  • 360° camera
  • rear cross traffic alert (to signal the possible arrival of a vehicle when shifting into reverse)
  • heated steering wheel
  • heated rear side seats.

the version Intense style (same price, €44,990) it is based on the Intense finish and is distinguished by the front and rear bumper strips in gloss black. She adds:

  • leather upholstery
  • double glazed roof (forward opening)
  • electrically adjustable right front seat
  • heated steering wheel
  • heated rear seats
  • adaptive cruise control

Finishing Intense Design (from €45,390) adds to the equipment of the Invite version the rear cross-traffic control, the 360° camera, the adaptive cruise control, the blind spot monitoring and the Mitsubishi Power Sound audio system with eight speakers and two USB ports. Its shield bands are shiny black.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV Dashboard

The top of the range baptized Instyle (from €47,390) it is based on the Intense Edition version and adds gloss black bumper stripes, double-glazed roof (forward opening), two electric front seats, eight-speaker audio system and leather upholstery.

Our advice: The basic version’s equipment is quite extensive, but the Intense finish offers much more for everyday use. And for a further €1,600, the Intense Edition bets on safety. Note that even the high-quality Instyle remains below the €50,000 mark, benefiting from the €1,000 bonus on purchase.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: in plug-in hybrid

For those who have an outlet in the garden or garage, the Eclipse Cross has a superb advantage: its Li-ion battery with a capacity of 13.8 kWh allows traveling forty “real” kilometers in 100% electric mode, on the secondary network.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV

In the city, that distance can even flirt with 50 kilometers. In addition to this route, the thermal system wakes up to extend autonomy.

Only disadvantages: unleaded tank capacity (43 liters) it requires regular stops and, with a dead battery, the average consumption is over 8 l/100 km, even rising to 10 l/100 km at a good pace.

On the connection side, count less than six hours for a full battery charge from a household outlet and four short hours with a WallBox.

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

For driving pleasure, the performances are quite enough and, during deceleration, regenerative braking, which helps to recharge the batteries, is adjustable in 5 levels from the paddles on the steering wheel. This lets you slow down the SUV with more or less force, so you can adjust the Eclipse Cross’s reactions to your driving style.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: an option to choose?

As is often the case with Mitsubishi, the trim level determines all equipment. Only a metallic painting (€650) or a special painting, billed at €850, remains among the options.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross in numbers

  • 1,000: this is, in euros, the bonus enjoyed by Eclipse Cross customers. This amount must be subtracted at the time of purchase, for 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 just a 163 hp 1.5-liter turbo engine. The Phase 2, launched in 2021 with generously modified styling, spans 4.55 meters and is only offered in the PHEV version.
  • 940: This is the number of Eclipse Cross PHEVs sold in France since launch in Spring 2021 (end of January 2022).
  • 135: In km/h, this is the maximum speed of the Eclipse Cross when traveling in 100% electric mode.
  • 1500: This is the maximum power, in Watts, supplied by the domestic socket accessible in the trunk of the Eclipse Cross. What to connect a computer, a vacuum cleaner or a coffee machine.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV: the technical sheet

  • LxWxH (m): 4.55×1.81×1.68
  • Wheelbase (m): 2.67
  • Fuel tank (l): 43
  • 5/2 chest (l): 328/1,108

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