Mitsubishi are looking to add some spark to their stagnant operations in India. Their current line-up, which consists of the Pajero Sport, Montero and the recently launched Outlander, is not sure of being able to generate reasonable sales numbers. The brand is aiming to enter the popular mid-size SUV segment here by 2020.
Their vehicle of attack, will be the Eclipse Cross cross-over SUV. The Eclipse Cross was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show last year and was launched soon after. The Eclipse Cross will sit below the Outlander in Mitsubishi’s India line-up.
On design, the Eclipse Cross looks more like a scaled-down Outlander. At the front there is Mitsubishi’s signature family grille coupled with attractive looking headlights. The Eclipse Cross carries forward a coupe-like design theme on the sides and has stretched rear tail-lamps and a centre stop lamp.
Features include a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone climate control, sliding rear seats, head-up display, LED headlamps and tail-lamps. The Eclipse Cross has a fair amount of safety features in-line as well. These include as many as 7 airbags, adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning with lane change assist, ABS with EBD and so on.
The Eclipse Cross is powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine globally. This engine can make 163 BHP of power and 250 Nm of torque, thereby coming mated to a 6-speed CVT transmission. A 2.2-litre diesel engine is being developed and expected to arrive here as well, coming mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
It is expected to be priced around Rs. 15 lakh and will take on more established competitors here. These include the Jeep Compass, Hyundai Creta, Mahindra XUV500 and so on. Mitsubishi will pin their hopes on the Eclipse Cross in order to regain their lost glory in the Indian market.
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