Mitsubishi's Eclipse Cross small SUV goes hybrid with a 60km range

By DPA | 14 March 2021


FRANKFURT: Mitsubishi's Eclipse Cross, a compact off-roader positioned between the ASX and the Outlander, has been charged up as a facelifted plug-in hybrid with an electric range capable of handling cross-town commutes and day-to-day drives.

Propulsion is delivered by a 2.4-litre petrol engine and an electric motor on each axle. While the four-cylinder engine produces 98hp, the electric motors add 82hp at the front and 95hp at the rear for a system output of 188hp.

Working in tandem, the combustion and electric motors accelerate the off-roader from standstill to 100kph in 10.9 seconds and can manage a top speed of 162kph.

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Electric range is given as a maximum of 61km, but drivers will likely empty the battery sooner if they want to stay at the electric mode's top speed of 135kph for long.

Meanwhile thanks to the battery, which can be charged to 80 per cent in 25 minutes at a fast charging station, standard consumption is reduced to 1.8 litres (48 g/km CO2).

Unlike the cheaper non-hybrid models, the Eclipse Cross plug-in also has a lightly refreshed design with a front bearing the new family face of the so-called "Dynamic Shield" design. And the steeply inclined rear window is now one piece to provide a better view.

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