Two years on from the launch, Mitsubishi's Eclipse Cross still lives in the popularity shadow of its little brother, the ASX. But is the newer, smart and fitter small crossover worth another look?
Upmarket is in vogue right now, with more mainstream automakers making ‘near premium’ claims of new products. Meanwhile Mitsubishi positions itself as a brand for the people with a new cheaper version of the Eclipse Cross.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross adds to the Japanese brand’s SUV range with its first truly new model in over half a decade. While it may be close to the slightly smaller ASX in format and theory, the fresher Eclipse Cross proves Mitsubishi has come a long way.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross joins the ASX and Outlander in the company’s city-focused crossover line-up. It lacks this pair’s razor-sharp pricing for now, but takes it right up to the class leaders in other important areas.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross sits between the ASX and Outlander, but it's a more resolved and engaging model than either. We've only had a few hours at the wheel, but it has all the appearance of a strong entrant into a cluttered segment.
We take a quick spin of the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross prototype in the Northern Territory ahead of the production version's arrival later this year.