Tokyo, November 29, 2017
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) have announced the shipment of its Eclipse Cross compact SUV to Australia. The start of shipment, according to MMC is just one of 80 markets worldwide which will offer the model. MMC plans to ship 50,000 units during the current fiscal year (ending March 31, 2018) with sales commencing from December in Australia.
The Eclipse Cross, having made its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2017, is the latest addition to MMC's SUV lineup, which currently includes the ASX, the Outlander and its flagship electric vehicle, the Outlander PHEV. The model is produced at MMC's Okazaki Plant near Nagoya, Japan.
The first of MMC's new generation of vehicles, Eclipse Cross blends sharp coupe looks with the company's signature SUV and four-wheel-drive (4WD) expertise. In November 2017, Eclipse Cross secured the highest safety rating of the 2017 Euro New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), revealing the model to be one of the safest SUVs in its class.
The SUV is 4,405 mm long, 1,805 mm wide, and 1,685 mm tall with an eight-speed CVT and a sport mode addition. The transmission is available in two-wheel and four-wheel-drive variants. The engine is a turbocharged petrol variant with direct fuel injection, a 250 Nm torque (2,000 to 3,000 rpm), and 110 kW power output.
Developed with Mitsubishi Motors' Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) vehicle body, seven SRS airbags and seatbelts designed for passenger protection, Eclipse Cross provides class-leading safety with unrivaled style. The Eclipse Cross comes with Mitsubishi Motors' advanced super all-wheel-control (S-AWC) system, which uses braking to control the supply of torque to the left and right wheels for improved stability and control. The SUV coupe is also equipped with a high-shock absorbing front end and safety spaces under the engine hood that enhances collision safety performance. Eclipse Cross achieved the highest five-star safety rating in the 2017 Euro NCAP, proofing the model to be one of the safest sports utility vehicles in its class.