$30,500 starting price for new SUV

Local pricing and specifications for the new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, set to land on December 22.

At launch, the range will start with the front-wheel drive LS, priced from $30,500 before on-road costs. Although it's technically the entry-level model, you get plenty of standard equipment for your money.

The car rides on 18-inch alloy wheels as standard, and buyers get keyless entry and 7.0-inch touchscreen, along with forward-collision mitigation, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, auto high-beam and hill-start assist.

Jumping up to the Exceed 2WD brings even more gear, with a starting price of $36,000 before on-road costs. Along with the safety features listed above, buyers get blind-spot monitoring, lane-change assist, rear cross-traffic alert and a system designed to minimise the risk of wrong-pedal rear-enders.

Where base cars only have a camera to support their safety systems, the Exceed gets an extra millimetre-radar unit.

Inside, the Exceed gains leather seats – electric and heated for both driver and passenger – along with a head-up display, panoramic sunroof and dual-zone climate control.

The current range-topper is the Exceed AWD ($38,500), with all the same safety equipment as the 2WD model but, as you may have gathered, adds all-wheel drive to the mix. Along with more grip (on-demand, not full time) from the extra driven wheels, the car has an 'active yaw control' system capable of braking the inside wheels to cut understeer.

Regardless of trim, the Eclipse Cross will be powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol with 110kW and 250Nm, hooked up to a CVT transmission with eight artificial steps to mimic the behaviour of a conventional auto. It drinks 7.3L/100km in two-wheel drive form, and 7.7 in all-wheel drive guise (claimed).

Due to poor market demand, there will be no diesel option on the menu, but Mitsubishi has suggested a hybrid could join the line-up at some point. A cheaper version of the car will also be offered at in the near-future to bring down the price of entry, but the company opted to launch the car in its more expensive guises instead of waiting.

Expect to see the Eclipse Cross popping up in showrooms from December 22 this year. Australia is one of the first markets to get the car, just weeks behind Europe, and Mitsubishi says it has already taken 15,000 expressions of interest.

Journalists will be getting behind the wheel in January 2018, so stay tuned for our first drive. In the meantime, check out our review of a pre-production car here.

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross pricing

Eclipse Cross LS 2WD - $30,500

Eclipse Cross Exceed 2WD - $36,000

Eclipse Cross Exceed AWD - $38,500