Although there has yet to be an official release date for the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, more information is released about it every so often. When we first heard about this throwback, there were a lot of people wondering if Mitsubishi Motors had lost it. Turning a once sports car into a crossover variation had a 50/50 shot at success. However, with the lineup cutting down on small cars and shifting with the auto industry into a more SUV and crossover market, it’s possible they can pull it off.
Jump forward to the Geneva International Motor Show when the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross debuted. We talked a lot about its aesthetics, the style, and new technology popping up (literally and figuratively). Recently, Mitsubishi Motors released a video teasing the technology found in the Eclipse Cross, and it’s shaping up nicely. Perfect timing too, because we just covered the lack of a true Mitsubishi infotainment system not too long ago.
Here’s what we know about the new tech so far, based off the debut and this new video. Mitsubishi’s new infotainment system sits in its own little hub on an 8-inch screen display. Versus the usual touchscreen that we’ve all come accustomed to, Mitsubishi Motors is throwing a curve ball with the Eclipse Cross by placing a touch pad near the gear shift. On the one hand it’s to keep drivers from looking at the touch screen when navigating the system, but it could just lead to more than less. One would hope the response and sensitivity of the touchpad can be configured to the driver’s preferences.
There is another piece of technology that can be pointed out to further increase the effort of keeping the driver’s eyes on the road. It’s a heads-up display (HUD) that represents certain information found on the dashboard, such as the speedometer. However, looking at this image to the right, there’s a lot of information that could distract the driver, although beneficial.
The video below shows more capabilities of the infotainment system, and the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross as a whole. Apple CarPlay and supposedly Google Android Auto will be possible to stream and play music, but is unclear whether Android Auto can also be used to make phone calls and text using voice commands. We do know it can be used for voice command navigation through Google Maps though. Several advanced automatic safety features can also be found on the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.
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