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Mitsubishi reveals distinctive new Eclipse crossover

It is with good reason that Mitsubishi’s Eclipse Cross, the latest crossover, takes the first part of its name from an older-generation two-door coupé that the Japanese carmaker once sold.

From indications, the newcomer is clearly aimed at the sporty corner of its segment, where it will compete with vehicles like the Nissan Qashqai.

Slotting above the ASX, the Eclipse Cross has a distinctive, wedge-like design inspired by some of Mitsubishi’s recent concept cars. It’s also got turbo power, offering a choice between a brand new 1.5-litre direct injection turbo-petrol engine and a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel.

The former is mated to an eight-step CVT transmission, while the oil burner gets a conventional eight-speed autobox. No power or performance figures have been released yet.

Power goes to all four wheels through Mitsubishi’s electronically-controlled permanent all-wheel drive system, with cornering aided by the firm’s Super All-Wheel Control dynamics control system.

Inside it offers head-up display and the latest in phone-pairing through Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The car’s large central screen is operated through a touch pad positioned on the centre console. It is the new crossover is destined for South Africa.

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