Test bench | Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 2022: synchronism error

After five years of career, this utility should logically have been modernized in depth. The model just presented has a number of improvements, but they are more like a duster. A brake on the vast revival operation orchestrated around the successful renewal of the Outlander, a few weeks ago.

So far, the Eclipse Cross and its angular styling have attracted more skepticism than enthusiasm. Not without reason. The design of the Eclipse Cross had been frozen for quite some time when Mitsubishi joined the Renault-Nissan alliance.

So, rather than seeing the first-born of this union landed, we were treated to the last effort of a firm that many considered at the time to be dying. If the future of the brand no longer seems in danger today, the status of the Eclipse Cross remains no less precarious. At least, in its current form, built from antiquated architecture (its design dates back more than 15 years) and mechanics, although brought up to date, just as old.

Therefore, the upgrade of the Eclipse Cross comes at a bad time since it breaks the good momentum of the fourth generation of the Outlander, the first vehicle produced by Mitsubishi and its new partners.

New out of old

  • JOHN MURPHY PHOTO, SUPPLIED BY MITSUBISHI

    The 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross’s steering feels very dull, while the suspension elements are more sonic and firmer than they once were.

  • These include the departure (please don't shed a tear) of the inconvenient touchpad and the addition of a pair of buttons, one to tune the frequency, the other to adjust the volume.

    JOHN MURPHY PHOTO, SUPPLIED BY MITSUBISHI

    These include the departure (please don’t shed a tear) of the inconvenient touchpad and the addition of a pair of buttons, one to tune the frequency, the other to adjust the volume.

  • Some orders of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

    JOHN MURPHY PHOTO, SUPPLIED BY MITSUBISHI

    Some orders of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

  • All exterior colors except “sterling gray” carry an additional charge of up to $ 450 (diamond red).

    JOHN MURPHY PHOTO, SUPPLIED BY MITSUBISHI

    All exterior colors except “sterling gray” carry an additional charge of up to $ 450 (diamond red).

  • The turbocharged 1.5L engine is astonishing for its smoothness, speed of action and volition.

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    The turbocharged 1.5L engine is astonishing for its smoothness, speed of action and volition.

  • Despite constant improvements, the continuously variable automatic transmission is still of questionable performance, especially when the accelerator pedal hits the floor.

    JOHN MURPHY PHOTO, SUPPLIED BY MITSUBISHI

    Despite constant improvements, the continuously variable automatic transmission is still of questionable performance, especially when the accelerator pedal hits the floor.

  • We can blame the engine for its high consumption compared to the size of its displacement and its lack of discretion.

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    We can blame the engine for its high consumption compared to the size of its displacement and its lack of discretion.

  • The brand's engineers reworked the shock absorbers (compression and rebound) and solidified the cross member.

    JOHN MURPHY PHOTO, SUPPLIED BY MITSUBISHI

    The brand’s engineers reworked the shock absorbers (compression and rebound) and solidified the cross member.

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The platform is no longer very young, but has probably not reached the final stage of its development as the engineers at Mitsubishi claim to take it further. In the most subtle way, because the experience behind the wheel of the Eclipse Cross remains the same. The steering feels very dull, while the suspensory elements turn out to be louder and firmer than they once were, taking into account the most recent productions on the market. No doubt this is to compensate for the low torsional rigidity of the chassis. In this regard, the brand’s engineers have reworked the shock absorbers (compression and rebound) and solidified the cross member.

The turbocharged 1.5L engine is astonishing for its smoothness, speed of action and volition. We can blame it, however, its high consumption compared to the size of its engine and its lack of discretion. On this last aspect, we must add a nuance: this review mainly targets the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Despite the constant improvements to which it is the subject, this box still remains of dubious performance, especially when the accelerator pedal hits the floor. In other circumstances, no complaints. This transmission, the only one offered, has eight “artificial” ratios that can be experienced by operating the (huge) paddles on the steering wheel.

Unlike almost all of its competitors, the Eclipse Cross adopts a four-wheel drive as standard. Extremely efficient, this device provides this Mitsubishi with flawless traction and a safe balance.

Under the packaging, the surprise

As part of this partial overhaul, the talent of the stylists was also put to use not only to give a youthful look to this model, but also to erase some irritating elements. Among these are the departure (please don’t shed a tear) of the inconvenient touchpad and the addition of a pair of buttons, one to tune the frequency, the other to adjust the volume. Well seen, as is the possibility of dressing the interior in a color other than black. Unfortunately, this approval is limited to the most expensive versions. Since it is a question of silver, note that all exterior colors, with the exception of “sterling gray”, carry an additional charge of up to $ 450 (diamond red).

Due to the arch of the roof and the narrowness of the rear doors, entry and exit require some gymnastic movements from the occupants. That said, the bench seat offers acceptable comfort and sufficient clearance. As for the trunk, its volume has increased slightly thanks to the increased length of the vehicle, but the modularity remains, stupidly classic with the possibility of folding the backrests into two sections (60:40).

Still original in terms of exterior styling, the Eclipse Cross is currently enabling Mitsubishi to recruit new customers. These, alas, will discover a product more entirely representative of a brand which is currently experiencing a real renaissance after decades of hardship. We will therefore choose it for its slightly offset appearance compared to others in the category, its proven components and its reassuring guarantee.

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Make / model: Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Available prices From $ 28,599 to $ 36,998

Visible in dealerships: Now

WE love

  • Partial overhaul, but intelligently conducted
  • Surprisingly smooth motor
  • Increased interior volume

We like less

  • Sound suspension
  • Power-to-weight ratio
  • Proven, but aged chassis

Our verdict

A great effort that will probably not be enough.

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Technical sheet

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Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 2022

Engine

L4 DOHC 1.5L Turbocharged
152 hp @ 5,500 rpm
184 lb-ft of torque between 2,000 and 3,500 rpm

Performances

Weight: 1575 kg
Maximum towing capacity: 907 kg1
Ground clearance: 215 mm

1. With two passengers

Gearbox

Standard: continuously variable automatic (CVT)
Optional: none
Drive mode: all-wheel drive

Tires

225 / 55R18

Fuel tank capacity, recommended gasoline

60 liters
Ordinary

Consumption

9.5 L / 100 km

Dimensions

Wheelbase: 2,670mm, length: 4,547mm, height: 1,689mm, width: 1,806mm1

1. Excluding exterior mirrors

Controversial style

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Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 2022

So far, the Eclipse Cross has offered a turbulent profile. With a rear part made up of a brightly shaped tailgate whose glass surface was split by a spoiler, this Mitsubishi did not go unnoticed. A rather radical style – in the style of the old Pontiac Aztek – that Mitsubishi saw fit to retouch. Initially designed by Tsunehiro Kunimoto (father of the Nissan Juke), the Eclipse Cross is now working to smooth things out as evidenced by the integration, for 2022, of a fifth door with more traditional shapes.

PHEV for others?

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Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV

Each manufacturer is silent on all questions concerning its future products. Mitsubishi is no exception. Its Canadian management, for example, remains unclear whether or not it will market the PHEV version of the Eclipse Cross, which has recently been offered elsewhere in the world. This “green” version uses the same propellant as the current Outlander PHEV. Revitalized in the last year, it adopts a battery with a higher capacity (13.8 kWh compared to 12 previously), which notably gives it an increased electric range of 3.2 km, according to its manufacturer.

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