Mitsubishi, as its historical rival Subaru, bases its range on a complete SUV range made up of the ASX, the best seller, the Eclipse Cross and the Outlander. There is also the pick-up L200 and the compact Space Star, but the bulk of its sales come from SUVs, especially the ASX and the Eclipse Cross. Based on an excellent off-road capability and a simple but effective proposal, coupled with a very particular design concept, the three-diamond firm is steadily moving towards the future.
But the future is electrification and, in the absence of 100% electric cars, you have chosen to start with plug-in hybridization. First was the Outlander and recently came the Eclipse Cross PHEV, a most popular vehicle on the market. The base is the same as that of the combustion car but far from being just another version, they have retouched the design and made some adjustments that significantly improve the whole.
Aesthetically, it is similar to its combustion counterpart, but has thinner headlights and a more elegant grille on the front, which is more sharp. Behind it is one of the great successes of this version, the elimination of the double rear window separating the headlights, which remain next to the rear window and extend to the side. In profile it maintains that rising waistline from the front wheel arch to the rear. They are subtle but effective changes that make you gain attractiveness.
The interior is preserved practically intact and only one new eight-inch screen and a new infotainment system that, although improved, is still not as intuitive as it could be. For the rest, it maintains its correct accessibility and habitability, enough for four tall adults to travel comfortably. Your trunk delivers 404 liter capacity, which are 45 more than the combustion engine despite its hybrid status.
Of the Eclipse Cross of combustion we said that it sinned from excessive rocking, indeed understeer and of a transmission, CVT, which did not convince us. The PHEV is powered by a gasoline engine 2.4 liters of 98 CV and two electric motors that give it a total power of 188 CV, associated with the same CVT change. The Eclipse Cross, like all PHEVs, are designed to charge its battery, in which case its acceleration is good and its recovery is somewhat slow but correct. Without a battery it is difficult for him to reach cruising speeds and his transmission does not help at all. In 100% electric mode can roam around 45 kilometers, declares 55 kilometers of autonomy. In hybrid mode, its consumption is reduced to two real liters, although without battery you will easily reach the nine liters.
As for its dynamism, it still lacks excessive rocking, but the extra weight gives it a certain poise that avoids that understeer that we notice in its combustion version, so it feels safer. It is quite comfortable, more in front than behind and, again, it behaves very well off the tarmac. This variant starts from the 35.500 euros.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.