Mitsubishi is slowly becoming a crossover- and SUV-maker while killing some iconic, but slowly-selling, models, such as the Lancer Evolution.
In fact, its US lineup includes the Eclipse Cross, Outlander Sport and Outlander, a total of three high-riding vehicles offered in several trim levels. There’s also the Mirage in two body styles (hatchback and sedan) and the 2017MY Lancer, but that’s about it.
The Eclipse Cross is the brand’s latest product. It slots between the Outlander Sport (or ASX as it’s known in overseas markets) and Outlander, and has a starting price of $23,295. That’s a bit more than the base Nissan Rogue Sport, which can be had from $22,110, and the $22,500 Toyota CH-R, two of its main rivals.
From previous reviews, we know that the compact SUV has some cheap plastics inside, but compensates with ample storage spaces and a sliding rear bench that can comfortably sit three adults. It also corners well thanks to its firm suspension, although that has been achieved at the expense of ride comfort, which is not that good.
The following video, however, shows the Eclipse Cross going off-roading. That’s rather uncommon these days, as most reviews focus on urban and highway driving – and for good reason, since most owners will never leave the beaten path despite driving an SUV.
But what if you belong to the minority who wants to take their Eclipse Cross on a short adventure? After all, Mitsubishi has made quite a name of itself as a maker of serious 4x4s with the Pajero and its Rally Dakar wins. True, the Eclipse Cross is far from true off-roader, but how does it handle leaving the tarmac? Well, only one way to find out, isn’t there?