Mitsubishi doesn’t have a significant presence across product categories in the Indian automobile market but this scenario is about to change. The company is preparing to launch its Eclipse Cross SUV in India and preparations are going on in full swing to make this happen in 2020. According to the latest reports, the Japanese carmaker is giving final touches to Eclipse Cross and changes are being incorporated to meet the latest standards mandated by Indian authorities. Today, we are the first to spy this SUV in the country! Special thanks to our reader Aditya Singh, founder of the cars group speedx, for sharing these images.
Mitsubishi Eclipse India specific version will be a five-seat SUV will also feature BS-6 compliant engines which mean the company needs to integrate a host of technological upgradation to motors. Besides, the SUV will come equipped with a speed warning alert, a seat belt reminder system, and an onboard diagnostic system. These extra additions are currently being incorporated in Eclipse Cross and it is expected that by 2020, the SUV will walk into the market.
Mitsubishi Eclipse India specific version will be underpinned by its bigger sibling, i.e., Outlander’s platform. In terms of size and dimension, Eclipse Cross will dwarf Hyundai Creta and Jeep Compass. Some of the distinctive design elements of Eclipse include the aggressive chrome face, coupe roofline, panoramic sunroof, and split tailgate. Inside the cabin, you get leather upholstery, a 7-inch touch screen infotainment system with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 360-degree surround camera parking system, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a heads-up display. The SUV is fully loaded in terms of safety equipment, featuring 7 safety airbags, rear cross-traffic alert, collision mitigation system, and a lane departure warning system.
In the international markets, the Eclipse Cross is available only with gasoline engine – 1.5-liter turbocharged petrol engine putting out 163hp and 250Nm of max torque. The engine is coupled with a CVT and the model is available with both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive (AWD) options. Mitsubishi Eclipse India specific version will also provide the option of a 2.2-liter BS-6 compliance diesel engine in time and the oil burner is expected to feature an 8-speed torque converter. The diesel iteration is expected to come only with the AWD option. On its arrival, the Eclipse Cross will be positioned against the likes of Hyundai Creta, Jeep Compass, and Kia Seltos among others.