Hi all we are looking at buying an eclipse cross but we own a small caravan around 800-1000kg in weight just wondering if anyone can give me an insight into how they tow particularly on the open road I'm worried they might be to gutless
I have the towing package on my EC SAWC Exceed here in Australia. Max towing is rated at 1600Kg with a braked trailer or caravan. I've towed my unbraked 8' x 4' trailer with a half cubic metre of soil (~500Kg) plus the trailer weight without issue. We have a weight restriction of Max. 750Kg on an unbaked trailer. I did use my trailer recently to bring to 1000 litre IBC tanks home over 300 Kms. The tanks were 60Kg each empty but were over the height of the car. Wind resistance was a slight issue with economy but the car ran OK towing at freeway speeds. The only time I struck an issue was going up hill on a winding road near home with the aircon on. The car was very sluggish until I turned the aircon off. Fuel consumption was quite high when towing the high load on the freeway but that may have been my driving style and the speed I chose to travel at. Our maximum freeway speeds are 110Kph here and I have no problem maintaining this speed when towing on freeways.
No company would not make a towing package available for a vehicle if it was not capable of the task. As I noted above, the package has a limit of 1600Kg towed (braked) and also has a down force weight limit on the tow ball but I can't remember the listed load. I'll have to check the towing placard on the door sill. Manufacturers are conservative in this regard. My personal experience is that this is a capable vehicle for towing if you stay within its limits. It's not in the league of the Pajero or that type of vehicle at a 3000Kg load but it fits the requirements. If a heavier tow than 1600Kg is the OP's need then this is not the vehicle for them.
For the record I find the CVT transmission sold in the Australian AWD SAWC version to be smooth on changes and have not had the problem of the transmission hunting between its faux gears either when towing or in normal driving conditions. It comes down to driving to the conditions and the situation at hand. Be aware of the vehicle and its limits and the ride and response when towing is good for this size of vehicle.
The OP is after feedback and experiences not indecision which your comment introduces...
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