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Mitsubishi’s latest small Eclipse Cross SUV gets a stretch and some added tech in a revitalized range

David Berthon

Talking about Mitsubishi’s updated Eclipse Cross SUV today – one of two small SUV’s from Mitsubishi – its small value packed ASX our top selling small SUV, the less conventional Eclipse Cross sure to gain more buyers in its latest guise. I wasn’t a fan of the first-generation Eclipse Cross, particularly its rear window treatment but the latest model has grown by 140mm lifting its boot capacity to 405 litres. Now in six models, four front-wheel drive starting from $30,490 and two all wheel drive from $36,990, both drive-away.  All feature a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine driving through a continuously variable automatic.

The latest Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross lands in a very competitive small SUV segment under $40,000 that’s grown this year by 28 percent over the first two months of last year. In fact, in February SUV’s made up 50.2 per cent of the total vehicle market. The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has some stiff competition from Mazda’s excellent CX-30, Kia’s Seltos, Hyundai’s Kona and Nissan’s Qashqui – but its sloping coupe roofline sets it apart from these models and it’s a little more distinctive, funky and individual.  Its other appeal is Mitsubishi’s industry-leading 10-year/200,000km warranty, a real drawcard but remember that’s conditional on you maintaining the service intervals with a Mitsubishi dealer – capped price servicing $299 a visit for the first five-years /60,000kms.  Drive impressions next segment.

I’m David Berthon

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