Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Eclipsing Many Rivals

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Eclipsing Many Rivals

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Byline: MAXINE ASHFORD

WITH the demand for SUVs showing no sign of easing, car manufacturers are determined to get every base covered.

Mitsubishi has been on a bit of a roll lately especially with the overwhelming success of its plug-in hybrid Outlander model, but there is another crossover that's gaining momentum too.

It's called the Eclipse Cross and fits nicely into the Mitsubishi line-up between the ASX and the Outlander. It's big on style, packed with onboard technology and even has a price-tag that will leave you on speaking terms with your bank manager.

Customers can choose from a range of trim levels and the car is available powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine with manual or CVT automatic gearboxes.

We opted for the Eclipse Cross in range-topping '4' spec priced at PS28,480 with four-wheel-drive (4WD) and the CVT transmission.

The car is a real looker with sporty and quite muscular lines, a powered two-part sunroof, tinted windows, body-coloured door handles and mirrors, LED daytime running lights and 18-inch black and silver alloys.

Move inside the five-door Eclipse Cross and you will discover a wealth of on-board technology packed into a neat and well-designed interior with lots of soft-touch surfaces, leather upholstery and smart piano black finishing.

The dashboard is split by a horizontal bar with everything above it housing the infotainment functions and everything below it responsible for operational settings.

Creature comforts include the likes of full smartphone connectivity via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, a premium Rockford Fosgate ninespeaker sound system, DAB digital radio, a touchpad controller, heated leather seats, front and rear parking sensors, dual zone climate control and plenty more besides. On the downside, there is no navigation system built into the car but it's easy to connect a smartphone. …

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