Heir to the best-selling plug-in hybrid SUV in Europe, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross takes up the main principles. Which version to choose? Auto Moto guides you.
four wheel drive, a plug-in hybrid heart capable of driving in 100% electric modean original look and modern equipment: on paper, the Eclipse Cross has it all.
This SUV, relaunched in the spring of 2021, uses the technology of its predecessor called Outlander PHEV, with a four-cylinder gasoline engine coupled to two electric motors.
The latter are powered by a battery capable of ensuring an electric range of 45 kilometres: enough go to the office daily without consuming a drop of fuel. At the wheel, the high weight (1,900 kg) is felt little, the Japanese is pleasant, precise and rather dynamic.
On board of this model of 4.55 meters long, the presentation does not suffer from any major defect, even if the materials remain hard to the touch. The ergonomics are pleasant despite a perfectible multimedia interface and the absence of digital instrumentation, and there are many storage spaces.
The presence of reclining rear seatbacks serves the well-being and habitability is enough for a family of four. Too bad, however, that the trunk only has a capacity of 328 liters and that the backrests do not provide a flat surface when folded down.
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: equipment
The entry level, called Invites (from €40,390)profit from :
- reversing camera
- lane departure warning
- cruise control/speed limiter
- autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- auto-on headlights and wipers
- automated code/headlight changing
- dual-zone automatic climate control
- Bluetooth connectivity
- “hands-free” access-starting
- steering wheel paddles
- driving programs
- six-speaker audio system
- écran tactile 8” compatible Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
- heated front seats
- black roof rails
- 18 inch alloy wheels
- tinted windows and rear window.
Finishing Intense (from €43,390) add to that :
- head-up display
- electric heating (independent of the heat engine)
- traffic sign recognition
- electrically adjustable driver’s seat
- front and rear parking sensors
- LED headlights and fog lights
- silver front and rear headbands
- Mitsubishi Remote Control app (allowing you to remotely check the battery charge level, act on the air conditioning, etc.)
- involuntary acceleration detector: if pressure is exerted on the accelerator while the vehicle is, for example, facing a wall, the Eclipse Cross will not move forward.
The declination Intense Edition (from €44,990) additionally includes:
- adaptive cruise control
- blind spot monitoring
- 360° camera
- rear cross traffic alert (to signal the possible arrival of a vehicle when you engage reverse gear)
- heated steering wheel
- heated rear outboard seats.
The version Intense Style (same price, €44,990) is based on the Intense finish and stands out with glossy black front and rear bumper strips. She adds :
- leather upholstery
- double glazed roof (opening to the front)
- electrically adjustable front right seat
- heated steering wheel
- heated rear seats
- adaptive cruise control
Finishing Intense Design (from €45,390) adds to the equipment of the Invite version the rear cross traffic control, the 360° camera, the adaptive cruise control, the blind spot monitoring and the Mitsubishi Power Sound audio system with eight speakers and two USB ports. His shield headbands are shiny black.
The top of the range baptized Instyle (from €47,390) is based on the Intense Edition version and adds shiny black bumper strips, double glazed roof (opening to the front), two electric front seats, eight-speaker audio system and leather upholstery.
Our advice: The equipment of the basic version is quite extensive, but the Intense finish offers much more for everyday enjoyment. And for €1,600 more, the Intense Edition goes all out on security. Note that even the high-end Instyle remains under the €50,000 mark, thus benefiting from the €1,000 bonus on purchase.
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: in plug-in hybrid
For those who have a socket in their garden or garage, the Eclipse Cross has a superb advantage: its 13.8 kWh capacity lithium-ion battery allows you to travel around forty “real” kilometers in 100% electric mode, on the secondary network.
In town, this distance can even flirt with 50 kilometers. Beyond this route, the thermal system wakes up to extend the autonomy.
Only downsides: tank capacity of unleaded (43 liters) requires regular stops and, empty battery, the average consumption is above 8 l/100 km, even climbing to 10 l/100 km at a good pace.
On the connection side, count less than six hours for a full battery recharge on a household outlet, and four short hours with a WallBox.
In hybrid operation, most of the time, the 2.4-liter 98 hp petrol engine serves as a generator to recharge the battery. It can also drive the front axle, especially above 135 km/h, and thus bring the cumulative power to 188 hp when the electric drives the rear axle.
For driving pleasure, the performances are very sufficient and, during deceleration, the regenerative braking, which contributes to recharging the batteries, is adjustable according to 5 levels from the paddles on the steering wheel. This allows you to slow down the SUV with more or less force, so you can adjust the reactions of the Eclipse Cross to your driving style.
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: an option to choose?
As is often the case with Mitsubishi, the level of finish determines all of the equipment. There remains among the options only a metallic paint (650 €) or a special paint, invoiced at 850 €.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross in numbers
- 1,000: this is, in euros, the bonus enjoyed by Eclipse Cross customers. This sum is to be subtracted at the time of purchase, on vehicles sold until June 30, 2022.
- 2: this model is the second version of Eclipse Cross. The first, unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, was 4.40 meters long and only had a 163 hp 1.5 turbo engine. Phase 2, launched in 2021 with generously modified styling, spans 4.55 meters and is only offered as a PHEV version.
- 940: this is the number of Eclipse Cross PHEVs sold in France since the launch, in the spring of 2021 (at the end of January 2022).
- 135: in km/h, this is the maximum speed of the Eclipse Cross when it is traveling in 100% electric mode.
- 1,500: this is the maximum power, in Watts, supplied by the household socket accessible in the trunk of the Eclipse Cross. What to connect a computer, a vacuum cleaner or a coffee machine.
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV: the technical sheet
- Lxlxh (m) : 4,55×1,81×1,68
- Wheelbase (m): 2.67
- Fuel tank (l): 43
- 5/2 chest (l): 328/1,108
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