Mitsubishi kicks off 2023 with new Eclipse Cross GLS Exceed
Mitsubishi have added a flagship model to the Eclipse Cross range, the Eclipse Cross GLS Exceed. The GLS Exceed features several model-year updates and cosmetic refinements.
“Mitsubishi understand that our customers have an ambition to explore, and we are therefore continually striving to offer them vehicles that empower them to do so in the best way possible,” says Jeffrey Allison, general manager of marketing at Mitsubishi Motors South Africa.
“We strive to always offer our customers products that are modern and speak to their needs and the refinements to the Eclipse Cross GLS Exceed aim to do exactly that.”
The media release from Mitsubishi says the Eclipse Cross continues to stand out from the crowded SUV segment thanks to a sporty, stylish design that culminates in sculpted character lines. The overall concept combines the sporty shape of a coupé with the space and practicality of an SUV. It says the “unmistakable dynamic shield front face is flanked by twin oval headlamps that contribute to the high-tech image”.
At the rear a sculpted hexagonal design incorporates a single piece of glass, and the rear lamps feature a distinctive three-dimensional Y-shaped design. The exterior design integrates the latest model-year updates, which now include colour-coded bumpers and heated exterior door mirrors.
The Eclipse Cross is still offered with two engine variants. The 2-litre MIVEC DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engine delivers 110kW at 6 000r/min and 198Nm at 4 200r/min.
The Eclipse Cross GLS Exceed is fitted with Mitsubishi’s latest turbo-charged 1,5-litre four-cylinder engine that delivers 110kW at 5 500/min and 250Nm at 3 500r/min – while at the same time being very fuel efficient.
According to Mitsubishi’s press release a big contributor to this combination of performance and fuel efficiency is Mitsubishi’s eight-step INVECS-III CVT transmission that incorporates a sports mode, delivers effortless acceleration, and ensures that the engine offers optimum performance at all times.
Safety remains top notch and is centred around the so-called reinforced impact-safety evolution body construction, a total of seven airbags, and side-impact protection bars. Standard equipment includes Isofix child-seat anchors, ABS with EBD, active yaw control, a brake-assist system, hill-start assist, active stability and traction control.
Convenience features that also contribute to overall passenger safety include an electric parking brake, electronic power steering, anti-theft protection, a keyless operating system, and a rear-view camera. Blind-spot warning is a new addition for 2023.
The release says that Mitsubishi Motors Intuitive Technology (MiTEC) is an integrated system of innovative technology designed to guide, protect, alert, connect, and entertain. It includes the head-up display that shows critical information in the driver’s field of view.
As part of MiTEC, the Eclipse Cross GLS Exceed now also features Mitsubishi’s new Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System. This intuitive technology reduces the chance and severity of hitting obstacles four metres in front or behind, should a driver mistakenly press the accelerator when stationary or when travelling at speeds below 10km/h.
The GLS Exceed also gains a panoramic tilt-and-slide sunroof as standard fitment, which comes standard with a UV protective coating, LED illumination with brightness settings, as well as an electrically operated cover.
“We believe that the Eclipse Cross continues to offer a great combination of a sleek, sporty design combined with SUV capabilities and the latest round of refinements go a long way in cementing its position as a vehicle that perfectly embodies what the Mitsubishi brand represents,” says Allison.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is sold with a three-year / 100 000km manufacturer’s warranty, a five-year unlimited-mileage roadside assistance and a five-year / 90 000km service plan.
2.0L GLS CVT 4×2 – R479 990
1.5L GLS CVT 4×2 – R519 990
1.5L GLS Exceed CVT 4×2 – R560 000