Mitsubishi is almost ready to present its new crossover called Eclipse Cross, with tests currently underway here in Australia. The new Eclipse Cross will be the attempt of the Japanese company to class SUV cut five sits next to the small ASX and the medium-sized Outlander. The images have already shown what the crossover would look like, including its ‘Dynamic Sheild’ hard front.
Australia will be one of the key markets in the model, so it makes sense for engineers to do extensive testing locally to ensure compliance with some of our challenging conditions. More specifically, engineers have sought to refine the suspension and direction of the calibration, power train, and noise and vibration levels in Australia.
So far, the company has confirmed that the new model will be powered by a 1.5-liter gasoline engine with direct injection, as well as a 2.2-liter turbo-diesel option. For gasoline, there is an auto CVT, while the diesel gets an eight-speed car with all-wheel drive. It is unclear what packages Australia will have at this point.
Debuting for Mitsubishi is a new Touchpad controller system for multimedia interface. This is essentially a mouse pad system, similar to what is seen in some Lexus vehicles, enabling operators to navigate through the menus of the LCD panel of the center console without the need to reach and Touch the screen.
This system will also be packed with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technology, with the head-up display available as an option. Dual-zone climate control will be available, along with red contrast seams to thicken the cabin environment.
Mitsubishi Australia confirms that Eclipse Cross will go on sale locally “at the end of this year”, with prices and specifications to be announced closer to launch.