New Eclipse makes its local debut

Mitsubishi introduced the second-generation of its compact cross-over, the Eclipse Cross, locally.

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Key features of the new Eclipse Cross range include a new exterior design, an extensive list of comfort features, improved practicality, enhanced technology and connectivity, and greater value for money.

It boasts an increased length of 140 mm and in front new details such as twin oval headlamps contribute to a high-tech image. The rear has evolved from the previous shape and the split rear tailgate window has been replaced by a sharply sculpted hexagonal design with a single piece of glass. The rear lamps now have a three-dimensional Y-shaped design and extend upward to follow the shape of the outside of the tailgate glass.

Additional exterior features include electrically adjustable foldaway mirrors with indicator lights; Projector LED headlights with levelling device; Daytime running lights (DRL); Dusk-sensing headlamps; Front fog lamps; Rain-sensing windscreen wipers; Front and rear park distance control; Rear spoiler with high-mounted stop lamp; Front bumper skid plate; 18-inch alloy wheels and Roof rails.

In keeping with the exterior, the cabin of the new Eclipse Cross has an upgraded. The upgrades include a larger boot capacity of 437 litres and the new Smartphone-Link Display Audio (SDA) featuring Android Auto and Apple Car Play mirroring and a new premium Mitsubishi power sound system.

The new Eclipse Cross will be offered in two derivatives. Both are front-wheel drive and feature a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

There are two engine options, the first being Mitsubishi’s latest 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo-charged petrol engine. It delivers 110 kW and 250 Nm. The second engine option is the 2-litre four-cylinder engine that offers 110 kW and 198 Nm.

  • Prices (July 2021):

2.0 GLS (R459 995) and the 1.5t GLS costs R499 995.

  • Competitors:

Mazda CX-30, Hyundai Kona, Toyota CH-R, VW T-Roc and the Citroën C3 Aircross.

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