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Mitsubishi unveils new Eclipse Cross SUV

Making its debut at the 87th Geneva Motor Show next week, the all-new Eclipse Cross will join Mitubishi's SUV line-up.

Joining the brand's global line-up of 4X4 and SUV vehicles, the new model is due to go sale in the UK early in 2018.

Mitsubishi describes the ‘sharp and dynamic SUV coupe form’ as distinguished by its wedge profile with its bold beltline and strong character line as well as its forward raked rear window; the sharply truncated rear gate and short overhang and muscular wings.

The front end features Mitsubishi’s trademark Dynamic Shield concept - which refers to the protective shield shape visually formed by the black central area and highlighted by bold brightwork on either side of the grill. Distinctive auxiliary lamps are recessed deep in the front fascia. At the rear, the high-mounted, stretched rear lamps divide the rear window into upper and lower segments and when illuminated the tubular LED and central LED brake lights form a single bar of light running across the tail.

Inside, the new SUV’s dashboard is shaped using horizontal lines, with silver metal frames and a black and silver monotone colour scheme helping create a ‘sense of refinement that is both 'dynamic and sporty’, according to the Japanese company. A tablet-like infotainment display and new Head Up Display is a Smartphone Link Display Audio system and Touchpad Controller. Together they allow the driver to access different types of information conveniently and safely.

The Head Up Display unit presents vehicle speed, data from the active safety systems and other necessary information that minimises eye movement and provides instant readability.

The Eclipse Cross uses an electronically-controlled 4WD system that feeds the optimum amount of torque to the rear wheels depending on the driving situation and the road surface. The addition of a three-point strut tower brace at the front and the use of structural bonding at the rear in particular have increased body rigidity.

Two engine options deliver a balance of 'power, performance and efficiency'; a new 1.5-litre direct-injection turbocharged petrol engine is available with a new CVT transmission with 8-speed Sport Mode manual override, while Mitsubishi’s 2.2-litre common rail direct-injection turbocharged diesel engine has been modified specifically for the Eclipse Cross and is fitted with a new 8-speed automatic transmission.

The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is due to go on sale in the UK early in 2018 with pricing and final UK specification to be announced closer to its on-sale date.