Entering what is an already crowded market is the Mitsubishi Eclipse which is a small SUV that goes on sale in January next year.
It is priced to attract attention at £21,275 and has the firm’s excellent driving dynamics and lots of technology on board.
Potential owners have a choice of three trims and the launch version will see the introduction of a new 1.5 litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces 163 HP and torque of 250Nm.
The engine is coupled to a choice of a six speed manual gearbox or a new advanced automatic transmission with various modes, a manual override and paddle shifters depending on the model chosen.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse
The Mitsubishi Eclipse has a choice of two or four-wheel-drive with the latter offering the firm’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-WAC) which has a choice of three driving modes for snow, gravel and auto.
There’s also plenty of equipment on board including, even for the entry-level model, a touchpad, a smart phone display that connects Android Auto and Apple Car Play as well as a rear view camera and DAB radio.
There’s also climate control, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, privacy glass and 16 inch alloy wheels.
Safety features for the Mitsubishi Eclipse
Safety features for the Mitsubishi Eclipse include lane departure warning, ABS, forward collision mitigation which utilises radar technology, hill start assist and brake assist. There’s also active stability control for those who want to take the vehicle off-road along with dusk and rain sensors.
It’s also a comfortable place to spend time in with a cockpit style driving environment with plenty of space for all of the occupants.
It helps that the new vehicle has rear seats designed with different reclining settings and the interior can be optimised to carry loads of various shapes and sizes.
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The better equipped models come with 18 inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, a head-up display and front and rear parking sensors.
There’s also keyless entry, dual zone climate control and an electronic handbrake for those models with automatic transmission.
The top model, the 3, features leather seats, a panoramic roof that can be opened electrically, a premium sound system, a 360° parking camera, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and blindspot warning.
The new Mitsubishi Eclipse undoubtedly has a lot to offer and it’s an attractive car that will meet most people’s needs with the firm’s excellent build quality to rely on.
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