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Selwyn Times: January 31, 2018

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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday January 31 2018 41 Driven • By Ross Kiddie IT’S A time of significant change for Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand. The company’s long-serving and faithful Lancer sedan is coming to the end of the road here, its run-out coinciding with the release of a new sport utility vehicle, the Eclipse Cross. I’ll be sad to see the end of Lancer, it’s a car I’ve often recommended to buyers simply because of its price point and the value associated with it, and it has been an honest and reliable model for the company. However, times have changed, and today buyers are after SUVs. The Eclipse Cross is something special from Mitsubishi, it looks special, too, with edgy styling that is almost funky, while it features an interior which is trendy but totally functional. The Eclipse Cross in XLS form lands at $34,990, while a high-spec VRX sits at $45,590. If you are thinking in order to reach that price point the Eclipse Cross lacks specification, that’s certainly not the case, it is loaded with kit with many of the electronic functions operated by a clever touch pad mouse-like device mounted on the centre console. This evaluation focuses on the range-topper and it gets leather trim (heated front seats), headup display, dual zone climate control, active cruise control with speed limiter, keyless entry and ignition, electric sunroof and paddle-shift eight-step automatic transmission. The Eclipse Cross sits squarely in the mid-size SUV segment. At 4.4m it allows for a spacious in-cabin environment; the seats are beautifully supportive and comfortable, while rear seat head and leg room is appropriate, the latter not compromised by a healthy rear load space area. Bear in mind, though, it is a five-seater only. At the other end sits a turbocharged four-cylinder engine of 1499cc. That capacity is about the norm for vehicles of this type these days, and it’s clear to see that Mitsubishi has developed this unit with a high degree of engineering skill. It is state-of-the-art in terms of design and it has healthy figures to support that statement. Mitsubishi claims 122kW and 254Nm power outputs, the latter realised flat across the torque curve spreading from 2000rpm to 3500rpm. If you add in its pairing to a continuously variable automatic transmission then the ingredients are in place for a smooth transition of power and responsive throttle application, although it does like the driver to utilise the manual sequential gearshift functions. Mitsubishi has long persevered with CVT, and that background has certainly helped with its application mated to a turbocharged engine with the result being a free-flowing spread of power and good economy and performance figures. The Eclipse Cross is rated with a combined cycle average of 7.3-litre per 100km (39mpg). My first drive of the newcomer was a little shorter than usual, but given the importance of this car in the market and its recent arrival, I leapt at the opportunity to have an unscheduled drive, even though it is in my diary for an extended period in April. That being the case, most of the time I spent in the vehicle was at highway speed and I had no problem meeting Mitsubishi’s fuel usage claim with the readout constantly listing at 7.6l/100km (37mpg). That was helped by a tantalising 4l/100km (70mpg) instantaneous figure sitting at a steady 100km/h, the engine loping over very relaxed at just 1750rpm. In terms of acceleration, the Eclipse Cross will cut out a standstill to 100km/h time of 9sec. These are all impressive figures which would make a buyer quite happy with his/her purchase. The Eclipse Cross is also rather tidy when it comes to tackling a tricky corner or two. Like most SUVs of this ilk, drive is channelled just to the front wheels, although there will fourwheel-drive options available from April. The newcomer is fitted with high quality Toyo tyres (225/55 x 18in), there is a lot of rubber on the road and they travel quietly, yet they also provide extensive information back to the steering wheel as to how they are behaving. That’s a key ingredient for me, I like informative steering systems and the Eclipse Cross is very accurate into a corner. While it’s an exaggeration to say it has a soft ride, there is a lot Local News Now Mitsubishi goes hi-tech with Eclipse Cross MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE CROSS: Edgy exterior styling combines with a functional, intuitive interior. COMFORT: The Eclipse Cross is available in two high specification models. Four-wheel-drive will be an option from April. Fire rages, homes at risk • Price – Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, $45,590 • Dimensions – Length, 4405mm; width, 1805mm; height, 1685mm • Configuration – Fourcylinder, front-wheel-drive, 1499cc, 112kW, 254Nm, eight-speed automatic. • Performance – 0-100km/h, 9sec • Fuel usage – 7.3l/100km of compliance within the fully independent front-strut/rearmultiple link system and for that reason the Eclipse Cross is a fabulous traveller at all speeds. Even though the design of the Eclipse Cross is youthful, I can see it appealing to a wide crosssection of buyers. By the sheer nature of its cheeky, youthful looks it oozes appeal, and by delivering a purposeful driving experience it’s hard not to be lured to it. Buyers will also be rewarded with a new retail experience. 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