Car awards are a dime a dozen. Almost every car ever has won some award – I can think of a couple that did not, but let’s not go there. But when the same car wins two awards, on different sides of the earth, for different reasons, there is something there.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has just won AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award in the States, while over in Japan the evolved plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) systems of the Eclipse Cross won the RJC Technology of the Year. RJC is the Automotive Researchers’ and Journalists’ Conference of Japan, which is a mouthful and probably why they just call it RJC.
In America, they put safety warnings on pins (sharp) and takeaway coffee (hot). Sounds silly, but they take their safety standards seriously. This is why it is a big deal that the 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has received a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating. Again. Since 2019.
The Chinese car market is the bigger elephant in the other room. We often speak of the size and importance of the Indian car market, but China is different. For one thing, it is the biggest car market in the world, having overtaken the States more than a decade ago. It also has a bigger focus on luxury and lifestyle vehicles than India.
Years ago you could get a sedan or station wagon, or a kombi. If you wanted to remotely bash any kind of bundu, you had to get a specialist offroader. Expensive to buy and run, clunky do drive, but it would get you there. Then two more classes of vehicles came along, around the 2000s. The people mover and the sports utility vehicle, or SUV. At first, the people movers were more popular, since they were cheaper, with as many seats as you could fit into a box on wheels. The old SUVs did not drive as well as a sedan and cost more than a people mover.
TomTom and what3words have teamed up with Mitsubishi Motors to make finding adventure easier than ever. The addition of what3words to the new restyled Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross means drivers can more easily identify, share and navigate to any location in the world using just three words. What’s more, in a world first, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation will be the first car company to offer what3words offline.
A Mitsubishi engineer has hinted that the next-generation Mitsubishi Triton bakkie will have a “very tough” and “very strong” hybrid powertrain. Due in a few years, it’s the first time this powerhouse will have the option of hybrid power which is an exciting prospect.
You get an eclipse when one heavenly body moves in front of another. In this case you got an Eclipse when one terrestrial body moved in front of the rest. In this case, the body in question is the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Crossover 1.5-litre turbo petrol.
For those familiar with motorsport, there’s a saying that still rings true today, “If it looks right, it probably is right.” While you probably won’t associate the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross with motor racing as such, however, that statement does apply.
Our spies at Mitsubishi tell us changes are coming. Interested?
Cars usually evolve in the greater international markets before reaching our shores. But at Group1 we know our readers follow these changes keenly, so here are the latest titbits about big changes coming to Mitsubishi’s SUV range.
Looking at the all-new 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross brings out the inner child covering the bedroom wall with car posters. The striking design of the compact SUV brings about a new era and combines all the latest styling design with superb driving dynamics, advanced safety technology and a real purpose.