The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is now available with a 2.2-liter diesel engine in its home market.
Already on sale in European markets, the turbocharged four-cylinder puts out 145 PS (143 HP) at 3,500 rpm and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque at 2,000 rpm in Japan-spec, slightly down on the 148 PS (146 hp) and 388 Nm (286 lb-ft) of the Euro versions.
The 2.2-liter direct-injected turbodiesel is hooked to an eight-speed automatic transmission with a sport mode and standard four-wheel-drive. In this configuration, the Eclipse Cross is claimed to average 14.2 km/L (7 l/100 km/33.4 mpg US) in the WLTC cycle.
Mitsubishi describes the engine as a “clean diesel” thanks to its Urea Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) water system that reduces exhaust emissions by breaking down and removing nitrogen oxides (NOx) from the exhaust gas, while average CO2 emissions are rated at 182 g/km as per the WLTC standards.
As with the gasoline-powered version of the Eclipse Cross, the diesel model will be available in Japan in four trim levels: M, G, G Plus Package, and Black Edition. The Eclipse Cross diesel went on sale in Japan on June 13, with prices ranging from 3,061,800 yen to 3,424,680 yen ($28,300-$31,650).
The other engine choice available locally is a 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline four that makes 150 PS (148 hp) at 5,500 rpm and 240 Nm (177 lb-ft) of torque between 2,000 and 3,500 rpm. It only comes with a CVT and is available in both front- and four-wheel-drive configurations.