Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross now on sale in Australia from $30,500

Following the arrival of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross in Australia earlier this week, prices and specifications have now been confirmed for the local lineup.

Officially hitting the market on December 2, the new Eclipse Cross bursts into the mid-size SUV class with sporty looks thanks to a swooping roofline and unique body design. It slots in next to the ASX compact SUV and the Outlander mid-sizer.

Buyers will be able to select between two main variant options, including the LS and the top Exceed. The LS is two-wheel drive only while the Exceed is available in both two- and all-wheel drive. Both come powered by a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine producing 110kW and 250Nm.

Bolted up to the engine is a CVT automatic, with no manual option. Drivers are given three driving modes when opting for the all-wheel drive, with auto, snow, and gravel improving versatility. Average fuel economy is rated at 7.3L/100km for the two-wheel drive and 7.7L/100km for the all-wheel drive.

As for that exterior, it takes on the increasingly fashionable four-door coupe style. It’s faced by Mitsubishi’s latest ‘Dynamic Shield’ front grille, with LED headlights and daytime running lights giving it a modern touch. There’s also LED brake lights and a ‘venturi’ style rear bumper bar for a sporty look.

Inside, it’s all about spaciousness and packaging. The rear bench seat is fitted to a sliding mechanism for comfort or increased cargo space, and the seat back can be reclined in traditional Mitsubishi form. Mitsubishi says the ‘twin bubble’ roof design helps to provide plenty of headroom.

In the front, passengers are treated to a 7.0-inch touch-screen infotainment system, packaged with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and digital radio as standard across the board. A new touchpad controller has been included to the centre console for easier operation while on the go.

Prices span from $30,500 and top out at $38,500, with the mid-range Exceed two-wheel drive starting from $36,000 (excluding on-road costs).

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.