Mitsubishi has dropped official details of the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Diesel ahead of its launch in Geneva Motor Show early next year. The new Eclipse Cross occupies a slot between the Outlander and the Outlander Sport.
This SUV marks a step forward for the brand and would present a revived drivetrain, a decent amount of technology, and a sharp styling both inside and out.
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Diesel – Fresh and more Advanced
At a first glance, the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Diesel looks fresh and more advanced than anything else that Mitsubishi offers at the moment. Its distinctive looks make it possible for the new SUV to rival the likes of Nissan Qashqai, Seat Ateca, Peugeot 3008, and Volkswagen Tiguan. The front end of the Mitsubishi Cross appears to carry forward some of the Outlander DNA.
Regarding dimensions, the inbound Mitsubishi Cross Diesel measures 173.42 inches long, 71.06 inches wide, and 66.33 inches high. Its wheelbase extends to 105.11 inches, whereas both the track front and rear dimensions stand at 60.82 inches. The headlights protrude in the middle and stretch outward to meet the upper grille with two chrome slats.
Below the nose and a splitter-like inset is a large central opening in which the lower air dam resides. A massive fog light is visible on either side, and it is larger than what we find on the Outlander and Outlander Sport. The hood is short and boring but features a muscular character line that connects the hood, fenders and inner headlight lines.
The interior design of the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Diesel is distinctive and departs from the previous Mitsubishi lineup of vehicles. The cabin even houses a German-like infotainment display, albeit the materials on offer are somewhat cheap and lackluster.
Mitsubishi has linked the upper dash line to the door panels to achieve a wraparound look that provides the impression of space. We’ve also noticed the center stack swells a little bit from the dash. For once, Mitsubishi has ditched the in-dash display and opted for a German tablet-like display. It accommodates a trio of touch buttons on both sides, and the display color complements the screen on HVAC controls and the back-lighting of the instrument panel.
As far as technology goes, the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Diesel will present a Smartphone Link Display Audio, a head-up display, and a touchpad controller. The audio system offers support for phone connectivity via Apple CarPlay. It also supports Siri for easy navigation, texting, and system control via voice. On the center console is a touchpad controller that is used exclusively as a control device for the audio system, making it easier for the driver to access the system.
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Diesel – Engine Specs
Mitsubishi is yet to disclose the powertrain and output for its new Eclipse Cross, but we’ve had reports claiming the likelihood of an all-new 161-hp 1.5-liter 4-cylinder direct-injected and turbocharged engine. The purported drivetrain mates the CVT and would offer eight gears of manual shifting.
Apart from this engine configuration, the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross gets a 2.2-liter diesel engine. Mitsubishi didn’t reveal the details of how it was optimized but confirmed that it gets a new 8-speed automatic gearbox. That means fuel economy will be decent.
At the moment, we aren’t aware whether or not all models get all-wheel-drive. The automaker says the Eclipse Cross avails an electronically-controlled four-wheel-drive system, which is front biased and distributes torque to the rear wheels. The company will hook it to the Super All-Wheel Control system, which keeps things in check should you wish to get feisty.
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Diesel – Cost and Launch Date
Pricing is a big mystery at this point, but we know the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Diesel goes on sale in the first quarter of 2018. We believe its price will reflect other models such as Sportage and Tucson even though Mitsubishi is yet to spill the beans on the same.
In another developing story, the Mitsubishi Motors Australia says the diesel powertrain isn’t likely to feature in the new Eclipse Cross SUV owing to the lack of buyer interest. Speaking to the press in Melbourne, James Tol, Mitsubishi Australia’s head of product planning, confirmed that the lack of buyer demand in the region puts the oil-burner off the cards.