Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Does The Unthinkable, Goes Off-Roading

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.

Also Read: Our Last First Impressions Of Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution Final Edition

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?


  • Bo Hanan

    This design looks 5 years old and its not. Sad!

    • ProtectOurHeritage

      I don’t see too much wrong with it. Volkswagen Group seems successful in churning out cars that are so bland that they could’ve been produced at any point in the last fifteen years.

      • Bo Hanan

        You might be part of Mitsu’s problem.

        • ProtectOurHeritage

          Yeah, sure! 😂

        • Adam Lumbra

          I don’t find the appearance old looking. Different, sure. But dated it isn’t.

    • TheHake

      It looks better in the flesh. I thought so too but saw a few of them and I quite like it.

      • Bo Hanan

        I’m a Mitsu fan and remember their best days. I want then to succeed- but with better products.

        • TheHake

          The world has unfortunately changed since their best days. People want/need different things now. It’s seen everywhere. Even in the motorcycle industry, traditional strong classes are dying, like the 600cc sports bike. That’s the way hot small sedans have gone. Now you need a good CUV and hatchback lineup otherwise face extinction.

  • brn

    Does an off road demo with 18″ wheels, rather than the 16″ wheels?
    There’s no articulation. None.
    Didn’t attempt light mud because he didn’t want to get the car dirty?

    In the world of consumer CUVs, it did just fine. I’m not knocking it’s capabilities, but it’s nothing to brag about either. An Escape is a more capable off road vehicle.

    • Bash

      You mean it’s as good as – say – a Corolla, right?

    • Adam Lumbra

      For a light duty crossover, this will be more than ample for most people. Mitsubishi has some shortcomings but their AWD system is pretty darn good. I would like to see a comparison with the Escape and the Cross just for fun. Also, this one he is driving has the 18’s.

  • Bash

    This does look good actually and fresh, although I will not believe it’s offroad capabilities even if I see them.

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