Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Recognized for S-AWC Overseas

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Mitsubishi Motors has had some surprising announcements this year. Possibly their most talked about debut would be the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, alongside its Dendo Drive House (DDH) proposition. All of this good news could possibly be overshadowing their most recent addition to the automotive lineup, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. This vehicle has also had some good news as of late, such as earning a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is also known for its upgraded technology, such as a Mitsubishi Connect Telematics System with Safeguard, able to work with a recent smartphone app released by Mitsubishi, Road Assist+. With all these additions, Mitsubishi Motors continues to win awards for the Eclipse Cross overseas.

It took Mitsubishi Motors some time to break into the North American automotive market. Looking back at 100 years of Mitsubishi Motors, and it wasn’t until the 1980s that they joined the party. So of course, back in their homeland of Japan, there’s plenty of recognition for the last in-house vehicle, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. One group in particular, holds an event every year, the Automotive Researchers’ & Journalists’ Conference of Japan (RJC), and for the second consecutive year, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross was also named the “RJC Car of the Year” for 2019.

Having been sold in over 100 countries, the Eclipse Cross has received recognition across Europe as well. In Russia, known for snowy weather and sometimes harsh conditions (and vodka, don’t forget about vodka), the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is the perfect vehicle to handle bumpy roads. In fact, in Russia, the world’s largest public survey, with responses from more than a million people*, is conducted every year, and the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross was named the best “Compact SUV” and the “Car of the Year in Russia – 2019”.

We can think of some pretty good reasons why the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has been getting some love. Standard on nearly every trim on the lineup is Mitsubishi Motors unique Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) four-wheel-drive system. Back when the Eclipse Cross was first released in 2018, there was some reluctance to try it out, with sports car fans upset that Mitsubishi Motors brought the Eclipse back as a crossover. However, reviews from big names recognized the Eclipse Cross, mainly for its driving and handling thanks to the S-AWC.

“The turbo [engine] smears its torque over a wide range, so [the Eclipse Cross] responds well from low down. It also sings sweetly and quietly at the top end … You can feel the [S-AWC] system shuffling [torque] to the tires that can use it, and the chassis and steering feed some info, and the balance is fine.” – Top Gear

Earlier we mentioned the upgraded Telematics system installed in the 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, specifically the SE 1.5T S-AWC and SEL 1.5T S-AWC trims. Both of these trims also come standard with Blind Spot Warning with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. If looking for a complete safety package, the 2019 Mitsubishi SEL 1.5T S-AWC trim has the option of adding Automatic High Beam headlights, Forward Collision Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control for a smooth driving experience.

Interested in trying out the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross for yourself? Come to Miami Lakes Automall Mitsubishi for a test drive.

*In case anyone is curious, all of the data was verified by research company IpsosComcon for validity.
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