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An interesting addition to the small-SUV crossover ranks. Will it continue the success of the Outlander?

PROS

  • Guaranteed reliability and quality
  • Four-wheel drive version bound to be capable
  • Looks an interesting challenger in crowded market

CONS

  • The styling won't be to everyone's taste
  • No high-powered version or hybrid at launch
  • Limited range of engines; single bodystyle

Verdict

The all-new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross's first public appearance is at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. It joins the range including to slot between the Mitsubishi ASX and the big-selling Outlander.

Arresting styling from this SUV specialist

Mitsubishi has confirmed that the new small-SUV will hit the UK showrooms early in 2018. This one is marked out by a stylish, angular look that has it stand out from the crowd, although, front on, it's very similar to other offerings from Mitsubishi.

Other styling points include the high-mounted, stretched rear lamps that divide the rear window in two, a distinctly wedge-shaped side view, and deep styling slashes along its flanks. The overall effect is very striking.

What's under the skin?

Unlike many offerings in this highly competitive market sector, the Eclipse Cross is available with an electronically-controlled four-wheel drive system with variable torque split – it other words, it sends a different amount of power to the rear wheels depending driving conditions.

The Eclipse Cross is powered by a pair of engines – a new 1.5-litre direct-injection turbocharged petrol, with a new CVT transmission that simulates an eight-speed set-up in Sport Mode. It also gets Mitsubishi's 2.2-litre commonrail direct-injection turbocharged diesel with a conventional eight-speed auto.

What's it like inside?

The strong horizontal theme continues inside – with silver metal frames and a black and silver monotone color scheme dividing up the dashboard. Expect up-to date features, including Head Up Display, a fully-equipped infotainment system, and full smartphone connectivity.

Mitsubishi lists the following equipment for the Eclipse Cross:

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