2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
Mitsubishi Motors debuted their Eclipse Cross in early 2017 and added it to the lineup in record time. Having arrived at dealerships, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is now ready for purchase or lease. An all-new crossover from Mitsubishi, and the last produced in-house, be sure to check it out soon.
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Although there are four trims of the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, one of which are a “Limited Edition” trim, all of them have the same suffix - “1.5T”. This is due to the single engine powering the lineup, a turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine optimized with Mitsubishi’s brand name of variable valve timing (VVT) technology, the MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control) system, and gasoline direct injection (GDI) for faster, more efficient fuel delivery. The prefix for each trim is, in order, ES, LE, SE, and SEL. The base trim, ES, comes with regular two-wheel drive, whereas the rest of the lineup comes with Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) drivetrain system (optional on the base). The turbocharged 1.5-liter engine is able to generate up to 152 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.
Driving and Handling
Every 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross trim is connected to an eight-speed continuously variable transmission (CVT) with a Sport Mode. This gives the entire lineup the same fuel economy, if riding on a S-AWC drivetrain - 25 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. If consumers don’t opt-in for S-AWC on the Eclipse Cross ES, then the fuel economy slightly increases to 26/29 mpg city/highway. For only a $600 difference, consumers should get a trim with or opt-in for S-AWC. Mitsubishi designed the S-AWC drivetrain to handle various kinds of road conditions, just like a typical all-wheel drive system.
Being a new model, Mitsubishi Motors is finding a balance between what features to make standard and which ones to save for high-end trims. As of now, the standard features on the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross are halogen headlights, LED running lights and rear combination tail lights, an LED high mount stop light, fog lights, rear privacy glass, heated exterior mirrors, a roof spoiler, and rear window wipers. Further into the lineup, consumers will find LED headlights, automatic on/off headlights, a chrome upper grille for increased aesthetic appeal, power folding side-view mirrors, the option to opt-in for a dual-pane power panoramic sunroof, and black roof rails. The 2018 Eclipse Cross rides on 18-inch wheels for every trim but the base trim, that rides on 16-inch wheels.
The interior of the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross follows a similar pattern. Standard features include extendable sun-visors, an LCD colored multi-information display, an ECO indicator and drive mode switch, S-AWC drive mode (for trims with it), automatic climate control (single zone in ES and LE, dual in SE and SEL), rear heater floor ducts, a 6-way adjustable driver’s seat and 4-way adjustable front-passenger seat, cloth upholstery, a 60/40 split-fold bench seat, rear seat slide and recline functions, a day/night rearview mirror, and a urethane-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Later into the lineup, consumers will find an 8-way adjustable powered driver’s seat, heated front and rear seats, leather upholstery, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a leather-wrapped shift knob.
Standard in the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a 7-inch touchscreen with AM/FM stereo and Digital HD Radio on a four-speaker system. Bluetooth wireless technology is also standard, along with steering wheel audio and phone controls, and a rearview camera. High-end trims, including the LE, get more advanced features, such as a 7-inch smartphone link display with the touchpad controller and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, SiriusXM Satellite Radio for three months, Mitsubishi Connect, a six-speaker system, steering-wheel voice controls, a multi-view camera system, a heads-up display, FAST-key passive entry with panic button. The SEL trim has the option to upgrade to a Rockford-Fosgate nine-speaker premium audio system and an auto-dimming mirror with Homelink.
Safety Features and Warranty
The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has plenty of standard safety features, including advanced dual-stage SRS front airbags, a driver’s knee and front seat-mounted side airbags, side-curtain airbags, LATCH child seat restraint anchor system, active stability and traction control systems, anti-lock braking, an anti-theft engine immobilizer, and produced with RISE body construction, Mitsubishi’s personal design for enhancing crumple zones and energy absorption in an auto incident. Advanced available automatic safety features consist of blind sport warning with rear cross traffic alert and lane change assist, automatic high beams, forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and an electronic parking brake.
Mitsubishi Motors backs it’s vehicles with an industry leading powertrain warranty. All Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross models have a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, a 5-year or 60,000-mile new vehicle warranty, and 7-year or 100,000-mile anti-corrosion and perforation limited warranty, and roadside assistance comes standard.