LOS ANGELES, CA: Mitsubishi staged the North American debut of the 2018 Eclipse Cross compact CUV today (Nov. 29) at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Arriving in Canadian showrooms in March, the Eclipse Cross slots in between the RVR and Outlander CUVS and will have a starting price of $27,798.
In Canada, all trim levels will feature standard all-wheel-drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Eclipse Cross is powered by a 1.5-litre, direct injection, single turbo inline four-cylinder engine producing 152 hp and 184 lb/ft of torque on regular gasoline.
Canadian fuel consumption numbers are still being calculated but will be available closer to the launch date.
The Eclipse Cross is one of the first vehicles to emerge from the recent merger with the Renault/Nissan Alliance which Mitsubishi Canada officials here in LA claimed makes it the biggest car company in the world ahead of Toyota and Volkswagen.
What should appeal to Canadians is Mitsubishi’s S-AWC (Super All-Wheel-Control) drive system that integrates Active Stability Control (ASC), anti-lock brakes (ABS) and Active Yaw Control (AYC) that seamlessly routes torque from the front to rear wheels and left and right but there is much more.
Using an advanced sensor system, it takes into consideration driver and vehicle behaviour such as steering angle, wheel speed, gear ratio, wheel speed, brake pressure, side-to-side yaw rate and lateral and longitudinal acceleration for optimal grip.
On top of that, the driver can select between three traction modes – Auto, Snow and Gravel.
Besides a rear-view camera as standard, Eclipse Cross offers a full suite of available driver/safety aids such as Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Lane Change Assist (LCA); Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA); Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM); Lane Departure Warning (LDW); Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC); Multi-View Camera System and Automatic High Beam (AHB).
Interestingly, Mitsubishi has announced it was issue just 150 Diamond Edition models in the first year with a suggested retail price of $37,498.
In addition to model-specific trim, it features a special five-coat Red Diamond paint that requires the CUV to go through not one, but two, paint passes.
A full road test including driving impressions will appear next Monday on Metroland Media/Wheels.ca sites.