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Hey everyone,

So last weekend I had the chance to check out the Canadian International Auto Show, where I luckily saw a demonstration of the new Eclipse Cross. I have to say that after giving it a run through and sitting inside, that I was pretty impressed by what Mitsubishi has packaged together in this affordable CUV. Obviously there was a good bit of hard plastics found inside the base model, but that’s to be expected from a vehicle in this price bracket.

My biggest takeaways so far:

1.) It’s bigger inside than rivals because the wheelbase is long, taken directly from the Outlander, as is most of the suspension
2.) Comes standard with 18’ alloy wheels and a spoiler
3.) Mirroring of Apple or Android phones is standard, just to add to the user-friendliness.
4.) Not sure how well the touchpad will work in controlling the infotainment system, similar trackpads found on old laptops were gimmicky and imprecise.
5.) Has a unique standard AWD system that not only rotates from front to back, but from side to side as well.
6.) Higher trim levels come with a heads up display system that also shows collision system information
7.) Side skirts are not built into the body, but the door frames themselves, making it easier/ cleaner to get in and out of the vehicle
8.) Heated front and rear seats
9.) Split rear window serves a purpose. Better visibility and increased trunk storage space, with the more horizontal slope of the glass. You can also slide the back bench forward.
10.) Some of the switchgear is a little scattered around, so it can be difficult to locate various lane departure/ collision warning system switches.
11.) Interior has some nice carbon fibre accents on the doors and dash, as well as accented stitching
12.) Not surprisingly, the rear headroom is lacking, and my head was hitting the ceiling (I’m 6ft)
13.) Engine is a new lightweight 1.5 turbo petrol. Rumors that a 2.2 diesel will follow. Didn’t get the chance to test drive, but there are some early reports that suggest the CVT can be fairly obstructive.

That’s all I can think of for now, anything else that comes to mind ill add in with some update posts. Let me know if you guys have any questions.
 

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Hard plastics are to be expected in base level trims of most models out there and it's really fine so long as the areas you're more prone to touch are covered in cold plastics. How often will you find yourself stroking the dash anyways? Everything else in the Eclipse Cross looks great thought the seat design looks a bit off to me.
 

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TBH I would be more concerned about how it handles and feels in zippy city driving and spirited driving as that is one thing Mitsubishi is known for with sportier products.
 

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We won't really know how the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross performs on road until reviews come out. It's one thing to read the 1.5-liter petrol engine's stats on paper, but another to feel how well it performs in the real world. Also interested to hard how well the Super All-Wheel Control system functions in less than ideal road conditions.
 

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Yeah the unique AWD system is something that I'm interested in learning more about. Would love to see some winter testing. Hopefully the CVT doesn't let down the rest of the Eclipse's features, because it seems be a great package atm.
 

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Yeah the unique AWD system is something that I'm interested in learning more about. Would love to see some winter testing. Hopefully the CVT doesn't let down the rest of the Eclipse's features, because it seems be a great package atm.
If you're looking for a CVT that is tailored more towards performance then the Eclipse Cross might not be for you. If you care more about range then odds you're in the right place.

But patience is key before buying in, there have been issues: https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/mitsubishi-recalls-80000-vehicles-for-cvt-issues/
 

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I don't think anyone goes to Mitsubishi when looking for a high performance vehicle, especially since the EVO was discontinued. I had no idea that there were already such severe recalls around the CVT, which looks to need some serious tweaking.
 

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I don't think anyone goes to Mitsubishi when looking for a high performance vehicle, especially since the EVO was discontinued. I had no idea that there were already such severe recalls around the CVT, which looks to need some serious tweaking.
That recall is super old, and it took a 3 minute reflash of the TCU to correct a very minor hesitation issue. There was no hardware failure or mechanical issues, just a reprogramming of software. Far from severe and very far from needing serious tweaks. Many of the 80,000 customers never experienced any of the symptoms that the recall intended to fix.

If you really want severe CVT problems, Nissan will gladly fulfil your request.
 

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It drives like a more refined Outlander Sport. The biggest letdown isn't the CVT, its the suspension as it still cannot handle fast transitions and side to side motions. Theres not a huge amount of body roll, but the suspension is very slow to react and settle. Mitsubishi still has a dampening issue with its CUV suspensions. Initial turn in is quick but the suspension is a pace or two behind the drivers intentions.

The rest of the drivetrain is great. The 1.5T is peppy and never feels underpowered or overwhelmed. It is by no means fast, but because its never lacking torque to accelerate it feels more powerful than the raw acceleration numbers suggest. The CVT is actually really responsive at speed. There is an issue at low speeds where the engine is coming into boost that makes for a peaky, kind of jarring experience. If you've ever driven a Nissan Juke, you will know this feeling very well. Its not uncomfortable, but it will take some getting used to. The S-AWC system is good at what it does and provides a bunch of grip wet and dry.

Its a very complete package with some glaring flaws that aren't necessarily related to how it performs. For example, in the US, you have to go to an SEL for Paddle Shifters. But on the Outlander Sport, they were standard on all trims at one point. They should be standard here, especially since this car has the power to make use of them. To get a sunroof, you have to again go all the way up to an SEL. Heated seats aren't standard on the Limited Edition trim, but they are on every other Limited Edition trim on the CUVs. The base stereo is pretty good, it almost makes the Rockford Fosgate system pointless... ALMOST. we've already gotten complaints of no power rear lift gate from some interested customers.
 

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Thanks for the update Darryl, good to know that the recall didn't affect the majority of owners and that it was a simple fix. Unfortunately we only know what media chooses to share, and they definitely blew that recall out of proportion. Glad to hear that the CVT performs just fine, as yet again Car and Driver made it seem like a deal breaker. I was really impressed with the models I saw at CIAS, just haven't gotten the chance for a test drive.
 

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It drives like a more refined Outlander Sport. The biggest letdown isn't the CVT, its the suspension as it still cannot handle fast transitions and side to side motions. Theres not a huge amount of body roll, but the suspension is very slow to react and settle. Mitsubishi still has a dampening issue with its CUV suspensions. Initial turn in is quick but the suspension is a pace or two behind the drivers intentions.

The rest of the drivetrain is great. The 1.5T is peppy and never feels underpowered or overwhelmed. It is by no means fast, but because its never lacking torque to accelerate it feels more powerful than the raw acceleration numbers suggest. The CVT is actually really responsive at speed. There is an issue at low speeds where the engine is coming into boost that makes for a peaky, kind of jarring experience. If you've ever driven a Nissan Juke, you will know this feeling very well. Its not uncomfortable, but it will take some getting used to. The S-AWC system is good at what it does and provides a bunch of grip wet and dry.

Its a very complete package with some glaring flaws that aren't necessarily related to how it performs. For example, in the US, you have to go to an SEL for Paddle Shifters. But on the Outlander Sport, they were standard on all trims at one point. They should be standard here, especially since this car has the power to make use of them. To get a sunroof, you have to again go all the way up to an SEL. Heated seats aren't standard on the Limited Edition trim, but they are on every other Limited Edition trim on the CUVs. The base stereo is pretty good, it almost makes the Rockford Fosgate system pointless... ALMOST. we've already gotten complaints of no power rear lift gate from some interested customers.
I am a bit particular about how audio systems sound. Did you happen to run the system through tracks that test its audio quality? I know often dealers get music for that specific purpose during PDI's
 
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