ECLIPSE CROSS PHEV and Gasoline Options Now Available In Japan

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Mitsubishi Motors launches the ECLIPSE CROSS plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and gasoline models in Japan. The new, redesigned model will be the 2nd PHEV in the Mitsubishi Motors lineup, marking the company’s dedication and investment in PHEV technology.


The Mitusbishi Eclipse Cross is a crossover SUV that carries unique styling and dynamic performance. Launched globally during MITUSBISHI MOTORS’ 100th anniversary in 2017, the vehicle boasted a stylish coupe car shape and dynamic power, epitomizing the essence of Mitsubishi vehicles. The redesign takes SUV car dynamics to a new level while achieving a graceful, flowing form. For the 1st time, the company introduces a new PHEV variant that incorporates the twin-motor 4WD (four-wheel-drive) system from the OUTLANDER PHEV, the world’s top-selling PHEV1.

MMC started taking pre-orders for the new ECLIPSE CROSS from mid-October in Japan. And already multiplied the original sales target, reaching about 2,000 units in 6 weeks.

The distinctive design that inspires drivers to be more active

It developed under the design concept of Daring Grace. The extended length of the body and the restyled front and rear design create a sleek. And classy look with enhanced SUV dynamism in both front and back.

The front end adopts an evolved version of Dynamic Shield. Expressing the powerful performance of an SUV with the security to protect people on board. Its refreshed light layout completes the front design with a sharp, sporty look. Skid plates at the bottom of both bumpers add to the powerful SUV presence.

The elegant yet sporty form continues to the rear. Designers have updated the double rear windshield from the previous model to a single windshield for a sleek styling and graceful shape, at the same time giving clearer rear visibility. ECLIPSE CROSS’ iconic three-dimensional taillights are placed at a higher position for a distinctive look that is also easy to see on the road. The heavy-duty body panels and bumpers project firmness and strength while combining with the hexagon design reminiscent of a rear-mounted spare tire to express the ruggedness and road handling of an SUV.

Enjoy the electric motor drive to one’s heart’s content only by the PHEV

The Mitusbishi Eclipse Cross used a modified 2-motor 4WD PHEV system from the OUTLANDER PHEV. The architecture consists of 1 front and 1 rear high-power electric motor, a large-capacity drive battery, and a 2.4-liter MIVEC engine, allowing for the quick, silent, yet powerful acceleration unique to electric vehicles along with nimble yet stable handling.

The drive battery is 13.8 kWh with an all-electric range of 57.3 km (WLTC Mode). Allowing pure electric driving for most of the daily commute. There are three driving modes: EV Mode drives with the electric motors using power from the drive battery. Secondly: the series Hybrid Mode uses the gasoline engine to generate power for the electric motors which drive the vehicle. And thirdly, the parallel Hybrid Mode uses the gasoline engine to drive the vehicle assisted by the electric motors. Automatic switching between these modes according to driving conditions allows drivers to feel the driving pleasure of motor drive in a variety of environments.

ECLIPSE CROSS PHEV and Gasoline Options Now Available In Japan

Four-wheel control for responsive driving feel with peace of mind

The high-rigidity body and optimized front and rear suspension make the S-AWC (Super-All Wheel Control) even more effective. It results in improved handling that is true to the driver’s intent, and a more comfortable, quieter ride.

The PHEV model employs the S-AWC system on the twin-motor 4WD (four-wheel-drive) that can freely distribute driving force to the front and rear electric motors without transmission loss. Utilizing electric vehicles’ characteristic high response, high precision, and a high degree of freedom, the system exercises a high level of vehicle’s control of driving, cornering, and braking. Engineers also optimized the front-rear weight distribution on the ECLIPSE CROSS and lowered its center of gravity by positioning the high capacity drive battery under the center of the floor. This gave it an even more comfortable ride, with superior steering stability.

Equipped features

Mitsubishi Motors specially designed Mitsubishi Power Sound System (MPSS)8 for the Eclipse Cross. Features eight premium speakers acoustically tuned and positioned specifically for the shape of the vehicle. Glass fiber cloth with aluminum vapor cone speakers and carbon cone mid-range tweeters in front with coaxial 2-way speakers on the rear doors aligned with the tweeters to deliver smooth, fluid sound quality.


New smartphone link navigation offers convenient features including route navigation via built-in maps and compatibility with VICS traffic information. Apple CarPlay9 – the smarter, safer way to use your iPhone while you drive comes standard on all models. Android AutoTM 10 – an easier way to use apps from your Android phone while on the road is also available on all models. The display screen has also been enlarged to 8 inches, making it clearer to see and operate.

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