After announcing in 2017 that the Eclipse Cross will be heading to South Africa, Mitsubishi has finally unveiled its new coupé-styled on local soil.
From launch, two models will be available: one front-wheel drive and one all-wheel drive derivative, the latter incorporating Mitsubishi's Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system. Both variants feature the brand's 2,0-litre four-cylinder MIVEC engine coupled with a six-speed continuously variable transmission (CVT) to produce 110 kW at 6 000 r/min and 198 N.m of torque at 4 200 r/min.
Mitsubishi claims a combined fuel consumption figure of 7,9 L/100 km for the 2WD model and 8,1 L/100 km for the AWD Eclipse Cross.
Both derivatives feature roof rails, a rear spoiler and 18-inch alloys as standard.
Convenience items include keyless entry, automatic windows, climate control, leather seats (the front pews are heated), electronically adjustable drivers seat and USB ports. A touchscreen radio ships as standard with a 7-inch infotainment system including navigation, screen mirroring, Bluetooth connectivity and voice control an optional extra.
A head-up display ensures the driver remains focused on the road, while park distance control with rear view camera provides assistance when manoeuvring out of tight spaces.
Other safety features include a total of seven airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, Isofix anchorage, active stability and traction control and hill start assist.
The 2WD derivative costs R399 995, while the AWD Eclipse Cross comes in at R449 995. Both models come standard with a 3 years/100 000 km warranty and 5-year/90 000 km service plan, with service intervals every 15 000 km. Five-year, unlimited mileage roadside assistance is also part of the package.