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    L.A. Auto Show: 2014 Mitsubushi Outlander



    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    November 28, 2012

    Earlier this month, Mitsubishi President Osamu Masuko said this,

    "We have no intention whatsoever of withdrawing from the U.S. market. The U.S. market is a very important market."

    This was in response to Suzuki vehicles leaving the U.S. Masuko said that despite decline the brand is currently experiencing, he expects sales to creep back up with the introduction of new products.

    Today at the L.A. auto show, we got our first peek at one of the new products in the form of the 2014 Outlander.

    Compared to the outgoing Outlander, the new 2014 is much more sleeker. There is a redesigned front end, wraparound headlamps, raised belt line, and a more contoured body. Mitsubishi says the new design is more aerodynamic than the old model, though Mitsubishi didn't mention any fuel economy improvements.

    Inside, Mitsubishi has made some big changes including a revised control layout, and using more premium materials including a soft-touch instrument panel, woodgrain trim and glossy black "center waterfall" design. All Outlanders will come with seven seats.

    Powertrains for the new Outlander are,

    • 2.4L four-cylinder producing 166 HP and 162 lb-ft, CVT
    • 3.0L MIVEC V6 producing 224 HP and 215 lb-ft of torque, Six-Speed Auto

    Front-wheel drive is standard on the base ES and SE models. Mitsubishi's S-AWC all-wheel drive system is optional on the SE and standard on the GT.

    Also new to the Outlander are lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and forward-collision mitigation.

    The option list will feature a Rockford Fosgate stereo, a power tailgate activated from the driver's seat or by the key fob, and the next generation of Mitsubishi’s navigation system.

    Mitsubishi hasn't announced a timeframe when the new Outlander will be arriving at your local Mitsubishi dealer.

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

    Press Release is on Page 2


    The all-new 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander compact crossover is expected to be one of the most fuel-efficient CUVs with standard 7-passenger seating in the North American marketplace (pending EPA fuel mileage rating).

    What’s more, the mid-grade Outlander SE model will now be available with Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive system – a welcome feature previously reserved exclusively for the top-flight Outlander GT model.

    Joining its slightly smaller brethren, the made-in-America redesigned 5-passenger 2013 Outlander Sport, as part of Mitsubishi’s revised model lineup, the all-new 2014 Outlander elevates the level of luxury, refinement and fuel economy that consumers have come to expect from the affordably-priced crossover segment.

    With its smooth surfaces and crisp, modern lines, the new exterior design of the 2014 Outlander lends the Japanese automobile manufacturer’s latest head-turning creation an air of elevated status and sophistication more akin to crossover vehicles residing within in a much loftier price point.

    Perhaps the most prominent new feature of the exterior sheetmetal is the new streamlined front fascia, accentuated by a more urbane design that emphasizes aerodynamic efficiency as much as eye-catching appeal – an engineering necessity in these days of high fuel prices and increased fuel economy mandates.

    Greatly aiding fuel efficiency of this captivating crossover is a wind-cheating advanced aerodynamic exterior design that is 7% more aerodynamically-efficient as well as a lightweight body that is approximately 200 pounds lighter than that of the car it replaces.

    Other environmentally-friendly features include a new HVAC interior heating/cooling system that minimize energy consumption and a lighter version of the available Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive system.

    The potent yet smooth-operating 2.4-liter 4-cylinder powerplant receives the latest edition of the company’s exceptionally engineered MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control) system with continuously-variable valve lift timing technology for optimal fuel efficiency and power production with reduced harmful emissions (all 2014 Outlander models meet LEV II - ULEV emission standards). This 4-cylinder engine produces 166 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 162 lb.-ft. of torque at 4200 rpm.

    This workhorse 4-cylinder engine is coupled to an advanced continuously-variable transmission (CVT) that mimics unique ratio patterns for improved “shift” feel as well as enhanced fuel economy. An all-new feature added to the new Outlander’s CVT is Acceleration Control that provides better throttle response at the early stage of acceleration and postpones upshifts until later in the rev range.

    What’s more, a new driver-activated ECO-mode setting that is standard on all 2014 Outlander models helps to further reduce fuel consumption by slightly reducing engine power on initial acceleration as well as the airflow volume of the air conditioning. Furthermore, when Outlander models equipped with Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) are driven with 4WD engaged, the driver-activated ECO-mode will allow the vehicle to function as a 2WD vehicle until sensors instantaneously reactivate 4WD when deemed necessary.

    The premium 2014 Outlander GT model receives a power upgrade in the form of a 24-valve 3.0-liter V-6 MIVEC engine that produces a full 224 horsepower at 6250 rpm and a plentiful 215 lb.-ft. of torque at 3750 rpm. This spirited engine utilizes low viscosity engine oil (0W-20) and iridium spark plugs to help maximize fuel efficiency. A refined 6-speed automatic transmission is a paragon of efficiency, directing power to the driven wheels with improved torque converter performance and a new final drive ratio contributes to improved fuel mileage.

    Mitsubishi designers and engineers put a special emphasis in endowing their stylish all-new crossover with numerous cutting-edge advanced safety technologies (available on SE and GT models). Among these are:

    • Adaptive Cruise Control - a radar-based sensor in the vehicle’s front grille constantly measures distance between the Outlander and the vehicle in front of it, allowing the driver to select three different following distance settings.
    • Forward Collision Mitigation - a radar-based system that detects obstructions in front of the Outlander and automatically warns and then applies the brakes to help minimize a collision with the vehicle in front.
    • Lane Departure Warning - a camera-based system that helps to monitor lane position of the Outlander and warn the driver via visual and audio warnings should they begin to veer into the next lane.

    Standard safety features include a 7 airbag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) including side curtain airbags, driver’s knee airbag, and a completely redesigned new airbag for the driver’s seat; a new Brake Pedal Recession Protection Structure to reduce driver leg injury in the event of a high-speed frontal impact; enhanced pedestrian protection with the redesigned hood and front fenders; Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS); Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL); Hill Start Assist (HSA); anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD); and an all-new ultra-rigid chassis that benefits from the most advanced form of Mitsubishi’s RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) impact-absorbing safety cell technology ever.

    Along with these new class-leading safety technologies, particular attention has been paid within the all-new Outlander’s interior to make it not only an exceptionally quiet and comfortable cabin but also one that makes use of the highest grade materials available.

    Consumers who appreciate the finer things will immediately notice the all-new premium surfaces consisting of a soft-touch instrument panel, lovely wood grain appearance trim (GT model) and attractive high-gloss black center console panel.

    Additionally, all seven seating positions have been completely reconfigured for improved comfort/ergonomics as well as for ease of operation of the fold-flat seats (2nd and 3rd row seating sections) allowing up to 128.6 cubic feet of passenger room.

    Other impressive upscale appointments included as standard equipment are a high-resolution meter cluster; air conditioning with micron filter; a dynamic-sounding 6 speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system; privacy glass, cruise control; tilt and telescopic steering column and a newly designed steering wheel.

    The mid-level Outlander SE builds on the base ES model’s already expansive standard equipment package with a 6-inch touch-screen display audio system; rearview camera system; HD radio; fog lamps; 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control; heated front seats; FAST key passive entry system with push-button engine ignition on/off switch; and Mitsubishi’s FUSE Handsfree Link system™ with USB that allows voice activation of iPod™ and cell phone via simple voice commands.

    Among the higher grade Outlander GT standard features are the potent yet fuel-efficient 3.0-liter V-6 MIVEC engine/6-speed automatic transmission combination with steering wheel mounted paddle shifter; Mitsubishi’s proven Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive system with Active Front Differential (AFD); Super wide-beam high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights; wood grain appearance trim; and the addition of SiriusXM™ satellite radio to the already excellent 6 speaker audio system.

    Available luxury features (SE and GT models) include a state-of-the-art 9 speaker 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate® sound system with DTS Neural Surround, PremiDIA® Surround, HD Radio and Dolby Volume; an intuitive next-generation High-Definition navigation system with 3D mapping, expanded Point of Interest (POI) information and road speed limit display; a convenient remote power tailgate that can be activated from the driver’s seat or by the FAST-key entry remote fob; and leather seating surfaces.

    The all-new 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander is available (SE and GT models) with the company’s outstanding Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) system that has been optimized for the vehicle’s new Brake Control and Electric Power Steering, allowing for even better vehicle performance and stability. Derived from similar computer management system hardware found in the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, the Outlander’s S-AWC system includes sensors that monitor vital vehicle dynamics including engine torque, gear ratio, steering angle, longitudinal and lateral acceleration as well as yaw rate to deliver an exceptional degree of vehicle stability, traction and safety in both adverse and every day driving conditions.

    Available in 6 striking colors – Cool Silver Metallic, Cosmic Blue Mica, Mercury Gray Metallic, Copper Metallic, Diamond White Pearl or Labrador Black Mica – the all-new 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander is the perfect vehicle for environmentally-conscious, active individuals or families requiring a comfortable, well-equipped sophisticated crossover that provides the latest in advanced safety technologies, ecology and comfort.

    Key Specifications

    Wheelbase: 105.1 in.

    Length: 183.3 in.

    Height: 66.1 in.

    Width: 70.9 in.

    Engine: 2.4-liter aluminum SOHC MIVEC 4-cylinder engine (ES or SE model)

    Horsepower: 166 @ 6000 rpm

    Torque: 162 lb.-ft. @ 4200 rpm

    Transmission: Continuously-variable transmission (CVT)

    Fuel Economy: EPA fuel mileage rating TBD

    Engine: 3.0-liter aluminum SOHC MIVEC 6-cylinder engine (GT model)

    Horsepower: 224 @ 6250 rpm

    Torque: 215 lb.-ft. @ 3750 rpm

    Transmission: 6-speed automatic transmission (6AT)

    Fuel Economy: EPA fuel mileage rating TBD

    Major Standard Features (ES Model)

    • 6 speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 player audio system
    • Reduced-weight body
    • RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) chassis safety cell construction
    • 3rd row fold-flat seating
    • Air conditioning with micron filter
    • Heating ducts for 2nd row passengers
    • Electric assist power steering
    • Anti-theft engine immobilizer
    • Anti-theft alarm system
    • Halogen headlamps
    • Dual-stage front air bag SRS with front passenger occupant sensors, curtain side air bags, driver's knee air bag, and front seat mounted side-impact air bags
    • Power windows and door locks
    • Tilt & telescopic steering wheel
    • Remote keyless entry
    • Cruise control
    • Intermittent rear wiper with washer
    • Anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
    • Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL)
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
    • Hill Start Assist (HSA)
    • Speed-sensitive windshield wipers
    • Privacy glass

    SE adds over ES:

    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
    • FUSE Handsfree Link system™ with USB/iPod™ port
    • 140-Watt Digital HD Radio/CD audio system with MP3 playback capability and 6-inch touch-panel display audio screen
    • High contrast meter with full color MID-display
    • Heated front seats
    • FAST key passive entry system with push button on/off engine switch
    • Rearview camera system
    • Automatic dual-zone climate control
    • 18-inch alloy wheels
    • Fog lamps
    • Available Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive with Active Front Differential (AFD)

    GT adds over SE:

    • 3.0-liter V-6 MIVEC engine
    • 6-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel paddle shifters
    • Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) with Active Front Differential (AFD)
    • Super-wide beam High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights
    • SiriusXM™ satellite radio
    • Rain-sensing windshield wiper system
    • Exterior chrome beltline accent
    • Wood grain appearance trim

    Outlander Options:

    Premium Package (SE and GT models) adds: Panoramic glass sunroof; Leather seating surfaces; Power driver’s seat; Remote power tailgate; 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate® premium audio system with DTS Neutral Surround, PremiDIA® Surround and Dolby Volume features with 9 speakers including 10-inch subwoofer (includes wood grain appearance trim and SiriusXM™ satellite radio on SE model)

    Touring Package (SE and GT models) adds: 7-inch touch panel navigation system with real-time traffic; Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system; Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) system; Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system.

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    Looking forward to the plug-in version.

    Apart from that, there's really nothing distinctive about this that would compel me to choose one over the more established Escape, RAV4, etc.

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    Nice dash I guess. Resembles a half-used bar of soap on the outside. Low, low horsepower numbers. Each new vehicle in a segment usually tries to be best-in-class, at least for the moment. This doesn't.

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    This screams 1st generation BMW x5 to me on the outside and a bit on the inside. Weird new grill for the company.

    Did anyone notice just how big the subwoofer looks on the left side of the cargo area? I wonder if it is real. Looks like a 12" or so, freakin big and will excite the young Y generation who has no taste in auto design.

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    Did anyone notice just how big the subwoofer looks on the left side of the cargo area? I wonder if it is real. Looks like a 12" or so, freakin big and will excite the young Y generation who has no taste in auto design.

    Oh its real.. Had the same thing on the Outlander GT I drove earlier this year.

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    Did anyone notice just how big the subwoofer looks on the left side of the cargo area? I wonder if it is real. Looks like a 12" or so, freakin big and will excite the young Y generation who has no taste in auto design.

    Oh its real.. Had the same thing on the Outlander GT I drove earlier this year.

    OK, I missed it in the premium package as it is a 10" subby. Based on the specs above, it should really thump. :P

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    just a couple notes here

    this vehicle in a way replaces the endeavor, even though it did coexist with it. large suv market is not as big a segment, so i think Mits is expecting to pick up the End. volume with this.

    likewise, the vehicle is styled to look larger and put distance inbetween it and the outlander sport, which is now more smaller.

    one advantage to the outlander sport, it's cargo area and cargo height is much better than others, and i think it still has the third row also. even though they redid the tailgate.

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    Did anyone notice just how big the subwoofer looks on the left side of the cargo area? I wonder if it is real. Looks like a 12" or so, freakin big and will excite the young Y generation who has no taste in auto design.

    I don't get how putting a big subwoofer in your car somehow instantly equates to a "bad taste in automotive design," but alright.

    Say, how do I buy a ticket to get off of this whole "Gen Y has no taste in auto design" stereotype bandwagon? Because, not to sound conceded or anything, I think I do in fact have decent taste as far as automotive design goes.

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    Did anyone notice just how big the subwoofer looks on the left side of the cargo area? I wonder if it is real. Looks like a 12" or so, freakin big and will excite the young Y generation who has no taste in auto design.

    I don't get how putting a big subwoofer in your car somehow instantly equates to a "bad taste in automotive design," but alright.

    Say, how do I buy a ticket to get off of this whole "Gen Y has no taste in auto design" stereotype bandwagon? Because, not to sound conceded or anything, I think I do in fact have decent taste as far as automotive design goes.

    I never said that all Gen Y has bad auto taste, but the Gen Y does seem more concerned about their connection in life to facebook and twitter than in are and auto design. :P

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    Did anyone notice just how big the subwoofer looks on the left side of the cargo area? I wonder if it is real. Looks like a 12" or so, freakin big and will excite the young Y generation who has no taste in auto design.

    I don't get how putting a big subwoofer in your car somehow instantly equates to a "bad taste in automotive design," but alright.

    Say, how do I buy a ticket to get off of this whole "Gen Y has no taste in auto design" stereotype bandwagon? Because, not to sound conceded or anything, I think I do in fact have decent taste as far as automotive design goes.

    I never said that all Gen Y has bad auto taste, but the Gen Y does seem more concerned about their connection in life to facebook and twitter than in are and auto design. :P

    Well, as always the trench we're walking through is a deep one. It's even deeper than I realized earlier in the year when I wrote my op-ed piece on the subject.

    In rural areas, like where I live, over three-quarters of my graduating senior class had access to their own car and the few people I keep in contact with still have a car and kept it going through college. Some even own two cars, albeit they're both little more than cheap beaters or drivable project cars. Hell, even I've managed to own two cars at any given time over the last twelve months despite all that I've put up with.

    But I realize that we are all in the minority here. When I worked in Lexington, one of the biggest cities in my state, I remember working with quite a few folks who didn't have a car and either took the bus or hitched a ride in. Since I've been back in class, I've only noticed more and more of the same. I don't know if I have a complete grasp on the issue here, but I'll give it another much shorter crack at it, anyway.

    Sadly, I think we ultimately see a car as a luxury. And that is what good, decent and reliable cars have become, anyway. Paying for one is out of the question because the financial means to do so just isn't there for a good portion of us, even after we graduate from college. Student debt has grown so bloated and unreasonable, it's near impossible to pay it off, and you have to find a job and start paying for it as soon as you leave class. That means you better get yourself the cheapest downtown apartment you can find as close to work as you possibly can and start slaving. More than likely, you're having a tough time finding a job with your degree.

    The cheap new cars that are out there are still costly and none of them are interesting or good enough to be anything beyond some form of an appliance, a necessary evil.

    The cheap used cars that we can scrape the money together for aren't necessarily durable or reliable, and the excessive cost of maintenance – even if we learn to do the work ourselves – becomes a big burden to bear when you have to pay your way through college and then subsequently start paying off debt, like many of us have to do to some degree or another.

    The hassle just isn't worth it for many of us and it isn't even in the picture for most of us, so we tune out and focus on other, more obtainable things.

    Or, to put it bluntly, we're all just too poor to even covet and aspire to own a car.

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    Maybe if the Gen X'ers and the boomers who actually have careers in the auto industry didn't design such $h!ty cars, Gen Y wouldn't be forced to buy them!!

    Edited by Pervez Musharrfap
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    Maybe if the Gen X'ers and the boomers who actually have careers in the auto industry didn't design such $h!ty cars, Gen Y wouldn't be forced to buy them!!

    While some auto's have been $h!ty from all Manufactures of the world. I actually think the bulk of the blame needs to go to the Narrow Little group of over Ego'd Doo Gooders who have the connections in government to force all the Nanny devices upon people and in esence forcing auto companies to add a ton of unnecessary electronics in the auto's that force the price up outside of most peoples means.

    Example, If we were to properly charge the higher price of making people really learn how to drive the wheels off an auto and hold them accountable to their driving performance, you would not need the stupid Backup Camera's being forced on everyone, Lane Departure avodance, Cruze Control Auto braking, etc.

    The list is long on all the Nanny devices being forced into auto's due to people not being responsible for proper driving and doing stupid things like playing with their Apple products, twitter, IM, eating bowls of cerial, shaving, makeup application, etc. So many distracting things that is forcing self driving onto us and taking away the pure pleasure of driving .

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      GLOBAL PREMIERE OF MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE CROSS AT THE GENEVA INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW 2017
      CIRENCESTER – Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will debut the all-new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show on 7 March 2017 (Hall 2, 10:15 UK Time).
      The all-new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will join MMC’s global line-up of 4X4 and SUV vehicles - including the Mitsubishi ASX compact SUV, Outlander mid-size SUVs – and is due to go sale in the UK early in 2018.
      The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will compete in the C-SUV segment and will appeal to style-conscious drivers its sharp coupé looks and muscular SUV stance, as well as its advanced levels of connectivity and all-wheel control technology which delivers an enjoyable, reassuring feel that elevates the driving experience.
      Characteristic Dynamic Design
      The sharp and dynamic Mitsubishi SUV coupe form is distinguished by its wedge profile with its bold beltline and strong character line; a forward raked rear window; the sharply truncated rear gate and short overhang; and muscular wings that contribute to an athletic appearance.
      The front design of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross features MMC’s trademark Dynamic Shield concept, which refers to the protective shield shape visually formed by the black central area and highlighted by bold brightwork on either side of the grill. Distinctive auxiliary lamps are recessed deep in the front fascia adding drama and sophistication to the SUV’s front-on appearance.
      At the rear, the high-mounted, stretched rear lamps divide the rear window into eye-catching upper and lower segments and when illuminated the tubular LED and central LED brake lights form a single bar of light running across the tail, giving the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross a broad and unmistakable appearance from the rear.
      The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross also heralds the arrival of a new red body colour. The standard coating is layered with semi-transparent red and clear coating, and this creates high levels of colour saturation with a highly-refined finish.
      Inside, the new SUV’s dashboard is shaped using horizontal lines, with silver metal frames and a black and silver monotone color scheme helping create a sense of refinement that is both dynamic and sporty. With its table-like infotainment display and new Head Up Display, the futuristic cockpit inspires a sense of excitement for the driver. For maximum comfort and flexibility, the rear seat features a 60:40 split with long slide-and-recline adjustment.
      Connectivity that inspires new adventures
      The Eclipse Cross is fitted with the Smartphone Link Display Audio system, a Touchpad Controller and Head Up Display. Together they allow the driver to access different types of information conveniently and safely.
      Smartphone Link Display Audio supports Apple CarPlay*1, the smarter, safer way to use your iPhone*1 in the car. The driver can use Siri*4 or the Smartphone Link Display Audio’s touch screen to receive directions optimised for traffic conditions, make and receive calls, access text messages, and listen to music, all in a way that allows them to stay focused on the road. Smartphone Link Display Audio also supports the Android AutoTM*2 which provides voice-controlled operation of Google MapsTM,*2 Google PlayTM*4 music and other apps. The Touchpad Controller can operate audio functions like radio, as well as Apple CarPlay.
      Placing the Touchpad Controller in the centre console allows the driver to easily operate the Smartphone Link Display Audio.
      The Head Up Display unit makes driving safer by presenting vehicle speed, data from the active safety systems and other necessary information that minimises eye movement and provides instant readability.
      Enjoyable and stable driving dynamics with all-wheel control technology
      Eclipse Cross uses an electronically-controlled 4WD system that feeds the optimum amount of torque to the rear wheels depending on the driving situation and the road surface. MMC’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) integrated vehicle dynamics control system incorporates brake-activated AYC*3.
      The addition of a three-point strut tower brace at the front and the strategic use of structural bonding at the rear in particular have increased body rigidity. The stronger body and detail optimisation of the suspension ensure precise handling and superior vehicle stability.
      Eclipse Cross offers two powertrains that deliver an outstanding balance of power, performance and efficiency. The new 1.5-litre direct-injection turbocharged petrol engine is available with a new CVT transmission with 8-speed Sport Mode manual override, while MMC’s proven 2.2-litre common rail direct-injection turbocharged diesel engine is modified specifically for Eclipse Cross is fitted with a new 8-speed automatic transmission.
      The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is due to go on sale in the UK early in 2018 with pricing and final UK specification to be announced closer to its on-sale date.

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