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(via stupidDOPE.com) With the advent of the CUV sector, getting around town in a whip has neither been more accommodating nor versatile than the present. While kicking it in sunny Santa Monica, we hooked up with the most dope folks from Mitsubishi to tour the scenic hills nestled alongside California's iconic Pacific Coast Highway. To make things even better, we got the keys to the all-new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL. We have always had an affinity for Mitsubishi, but this five passenger, push button start, coupe-like CUV has truly set a new standard for the brand. The Eclipse Cross is a roadtrip-worthy beast that comes standard with a 1.5-liter direct-injection turbo power plant that offers a powerful combination of drivability, execution and efficiency. Equipped with Mitsubishi’s proprietary, advanced S-AWC (Super All-Wheel Control) system, the Eclipse Cross boasts 152 hp. @ 6,000 rpm with a whopping 184 lb.-ft. of torque. A super smooth 8-speed CVT transmission with Sport Mode also equates to a prime driving experience. The SEL touring package comes with LED headlights, fog lights and LED running lights that pair go hand in hand with LED rear combination taillights . Color-keyed front and rear bumpers pair seamlessly with color-keyed outside door handles and a chrome beltline molding that just won't quit. The Eclipse Cross is made for anything you can throw at it, and the proof's in the pudding with heated power side-view mirrors and a dual pane power panoramic sunroof that is perfect for those picturesque drive routes. Mitsubishi's engineers paid close attention to the aesthetic of the Eclipse Cross, as it caught the eyes of many a bystander along our ride up the coast. The vehicle is slick from top to bottom with aggressive contours that scream “VROOM”. The 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels helped to establish a powerful stance in our Labrador Black Metallic Eclipse Cross, but they supplement the all new Red Diamond exterior colorway for 2018 just the same. But let's talk about that swanky interior for a minute..
Inside the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, there are a slew of features that may have you questioning if you actually purchased a luxury whip. Aside from the heated steering wheel, the vehicle comes stacked with a 7.0” Smartphone Link Thin-Display Audio (SDA) System with a nifty touch-pad controller that allows you to access your smartphone and more utilizing the Mitsubishi Connect System. It's also rather dope that the Eclipse Cross integrates Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with 3-month subscription. Don't you hate it when your passenger's are freezing and you aren't? Nip that problem in the bud with Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control and heated front/rear seats in the SEL touring package. The Eclipse Cross is perfect for those long trips, and it gets better with two 12-volt accessory outlets to plug in your electronics. The seats are optimized for ultimate comfort, so don't be surprised when your body fits like a glove in the 8-way power adjustable driver seat, or the highly adaptable x plush rear cabin seats.
Keeping your eyes on the road has never been easier with the full color Head-Up Display (HUD) that provides real-time vehicle information while the CUV is in motion. Mitsubishi made certain that the driver and passengers are kept safe in the event of rough roadways by implementing both a rear-view camera & multi-view camera system with the SEL trim package.
Safety features permeate the whole of the Eclipse Cross, with distinction on these strengths:
Advanced seven air bag SRS system including driver’s side knee air bag
Anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)
Hill Start Assist (HSA)
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Blind Spot Warning (BSW) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Lane Change Assist (LCA) (SE, SEL)
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Automatic High Beam (AHB) headlights, Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) (Available on SEL)
Three-point seat belts and head restraints for all seating positions
And for those who wish for a buyer's peace of mind, each Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross maintains a fully transferable 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty, 10-Year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty,, 7-year/100,000-mile anti-corrosion limited warranty AND 5-year/unlimited roadside assistance. They have you covered, safe to say. We sped around the California hills with the SEL Touring Package, but the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross offers a fusion of distinctive styling and SUV function with a starting MSRP of $23,295.
So peep the video above, leave your thoughts at the drop, and get to a dealer ASAP to see for yourself that the 2018 Eclipse Cross from Mitsubishi is the MOVE!
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