With five World Rally Championship titles and more Dakar Rally wins than anyone else, Mitsubishi is the true master of all-wheel-drive. And, although much simpler than the 4x4 system used on the rallying Lancers, the Eclipse Cross uses a similar control system.
S-AWC gathers information on steering, brakes, driveline and yaw, then controls the 4x4 system and the brakes across the axles to direct torque to the wheel with most grip and optimise it for the terrain.
The result is a vehicle which doesn’t just look the part. It is a vehicle which really does offer increased straight line stability, enhanced cornering and increased traction and control, even when the going gets a little tough.
And even two-wheel-drive Eclipse Cross models achieve enhanced levels of stability and cornering performance courtesy of Active Yaw Control, since AYC controls the front braking forces to help the driver maintain the intended driving line through corners.
Of course most of the time most of your driving will take place on smooth tarmac and under clear skies. So the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is set up for maximum comfort and minimal stress.
Driven by a 1.5 turbo direct injection petrol engine with Auto Stop & Go, it provides truly impressive power and performance for its size. It also ensures a spread of torque more usually associated with a diesel, which means that it responds willingly from really low revs yet still reacts promptly at the top end. And it’s quite amazingly quiet too.
Mated to this engine is a choice of a sporty, short-throw 6-speed manual transmission or a CVT auto with 8-speed sport mode and manual override. This new generation Continuously Variable automatic Transmission provides power seamlessly for a smoother ride and reduced power loss. And it’s truly efficient, ensuring fuel consumption returns similar to those of the manual.
The Eclipse Cross secured maximum points in many of the Euro NCAP vehicle safety tests, and shone particularly brightly in those for both Adult Protection and Pedestrian Protection – the latter often an element of concern for SUVs.
Of course, you’d expect nothing less from a company with Mitsubishi’s pedigree. As with all Mitsubishi vehicles the proprietary RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) system integrates and interconnects the structural elements, providing a dramatic advance in multidirectional impact safety performance, dispersing energy loads during front, side and rear crashes and controlling distortion.
But it is the raft of active safety features which really sets this SUV apart. Stability and traction control systems, Forward Collision Mitigation and Lane Departure Warning, cruise control, a reversing camera, really clever braking systems, daytime running lights and seven airbags are standard on the entire range. Eclipse Cross Dynamic adds front and rear parking sensors and Eclipse Cross Exceed also features a 360° camera with Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control.