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.