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If we asked you to think of an SUV specialist, we dare say you’d immediately think of Jeep or Land Rover. What you might not know is that Mitsubishi beat both of these famous brands to the punch, building its first 4x4 back in 1936. With this and the current trend for high-rise family wagons in mind, it’s no surprise to find the Eclipse Cross is another SUV to add to Mitsubishi’s long history.
A competitor to the Seat Ateca, Peugeot 3008 and Nissan Qashqai, the Eclipse Cross blends a tall driving position, the option of four-wheel drive and a spacious interior with a touch of coupe flair. It does this without costing anywhere near as much as a BMW X4 or being as cramped as a Toyota CH-R.
Initially, the Eclipse Cross will be available with a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine with two or four-wheel drive. A 2.2-litre diesel will join later and come exclusively with an automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive. We’re still waiting on exact pricing and specification, but it should be competitive within the segment.
Over the next few pages, we’ll tell you how it drives, what it’s like inside and how much it’ll cost to run.