Mitsubishi has given its Eclipse Cross city SUV a mild makeover and a slight price rise on some models for 2020 – and added the option of all-wheel drive for the mid-range LS.
Previously, all-wheel drive was only available on the flagship Eclipse Cross Exceed priced from $38,990 plus on-roads, although the RRP for 2020 has been bumped up by $200 to $39,190.
It means all-wheel drive is now available on the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross LS from $34,490 plus on-road costs. The front-drive LS remains $31,990 plus on-road costs and the starting price for the ES is also the same as before at $29,990 plus on-road costs.
The RRPs, however, remain academic given Mitsubishi’s consistently sharp drive-away offers throughout out the year.
Almost identical 2019 'runout' versions of the Eclipse Cross ES front-drive auto are currently available from $28,490 drive-away, the LS front-drive auto is $31,490 drive-away, and the Exceed front-drive auto is $36,990 drive-away – all three of which amount to savings of more than $3500 off the full RRP on each model.
While the drive-away offers are competitive, Mitsubishi has crept up the price of metallic paint to $690 while so-called “prestige paint” is an extra $890 on most models.
As part of the running changes for 2020, Eclipse Cross Exceed models gain revised front door trims with illumination and a black interior headlining.
The Black Edition now comes with rain-sensing windscreen wipers, dusk sensing headlamps, auto high beam, fog lamps and forward collision mitigation.
A statement from Mitsubishi deputy director for marketing, Derek McIlory, said: “We are listening to our customers, and they wanted a more affordable all-wheel drive which is why we added (it) to the LS. This year we’re pleased to be able to deliver this increased capability.”
The addition of a second all-wheel drive model is designed to help the Eclipse Cross maintain its sales growth in a slowing market.
Sales so far this year are up by almost 10 per cent in a market than is down by eight per cent year-to-date.