Mitsubishi has revealed pricing for its mid-sized Eclipse Cross plug-in hybrid SUV, ahead of its arrival in Australian showrooms in August.
The first Eclipse Cross PHEV will be offered in three trim levels, priced from $46,490 before on-road costs and extending to $53,990 before on-roads.
That makes the cheapest plug-in hybrid $5700 more expensive than the most expensive petrol-only Eclipse Cross, and just $500 cheaper than the outgoing Outlander PHEV ES.
A new Outlander PHEV is due in the first quarter of 2022 with more equipment, power, and range – and a higher price to match.
The powertrain in the Eclipse Cross is a variation of the system in the outgoing Outlander PHEV, combining a 2.4-litre petrol engine with two electric motors for all-wheel drive and 55km of claimed pure-electric range.
Like the Outlander, the Eclipse Cross also features bi-directional charging that allows it to be used as a power backup when hooked up to a compatible wall box.
Mitsubishi was something of a PHEV pioneer – especially in Australia, where the soon-to-be-replaced Outlander PHEV is still light on for direct rivals.
- 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross ES PHEV: $46,490
- 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Aspire PHEV: $49,990
- 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Exceed PHEV: $53,990
All prices exclude on-road costs.
Power in the PHEV comes from a 2.4-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine, mated with electric motors on each axle and a 13.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
The petrol engine makes 94kW of power and 199Nm of torque, the front motor makes 60kW and 137Nm, and the rear motor makes 70kW and 195Nm.
The car is all-wheel drive thanks to its electric motors, and offers a number of drive modes for different conditions.
There are three drive modes. In EV Mode, it runs using the electric motors only.
In Series Hybrid Mode, the engine feeds charge into the lithium-ion battery, which in turn is used to power the electric motors driving the wheels.
Finally, in Parallel Hybrid Mode both the engine and electric motors feed power directly to the wheels.
The 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV uses a claimed 1.9L/100km on the combined cycle, although that’s reliant on a charged battery pack.
Electric range is 55km with a fully-charged battery pack.
It takes seven hours to charge using a home wall box, and just 25 minutes to 80 per cent using an AC public charger with a Japanese CHAdeMO plug.
The 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV measures 4545mm long, 1805mm wide and 1685mm tall, with a 2670mm wheelbase.
It tips the scales at between 1880kg and 1895kg depending on specification.
Boot space is 359L, down 46L on what’s on offer in the petrol-powered Eclipse Cross.
Like the wider Mitsubishi range, the Eclipse Cross PHEV is backed by a 10-year, 200,000km warranty when serviced within the Mitsubishi Australia dealer network using the brand’s capped-price service program.
If you service outside the network, it’s backed by a five-year, 100,000km warranty.
CarExpert will update this story when service prices are published.
The Eclipse Cross petrol has a five-star ANCAP rating based on testing carried out in 2017, although the PHEV hasn’t been tested on its own.
Petrol models received an adult occupant protection score of 97 per cent, child occupant protection score of 78 per cent, vulnerable road user protection score of 80 per cent and a safety assist score of 58 per cent.
Standard safety equipment across the range includes:
- Autonomous emergency braking
- Lane-departure warning
Moving to the Aspire brings:
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Lane-change assist
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Front parking sensors
- Surround-view camera
The range-topping Exceed gets something Mitsubishi calls Ultrasonic Mis-acceleration Mitigation System, which is designed to stop the car if you press the accelerator instead of the brake at low speeds.
Standard equipment in the ES includes:
- Paddle shifters
- LED daytime running lights
- Cruise control
- 8.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, DAB+ digital radio, Bluetooth audio
- Four-speaker sound system
- Charge cable
- Climate control
Moving to the Aspire gets you:
- Microsuede and faux leather seat trim
- LED headlights
- Heated front seats
- Eight-speaker sound system
- Surround-view monitor
- Adaptive cruise with stop/go
- Powered driver’s seat
The Exceed packs:
- Twin sunroof
- Heated steering wheel
- Leather seat trim
- Powered passenger seat
- Driver’s seatback pocket
- Satellite navigation
- Head-up display
- Black headliner
- White Diamond (new)
- Red Diamond
- Lightning Blue (pearlescent)
- Sterling Silver Metallic
- Titanium Grey Metallic
- White (solid)
- Black (pearlescent)
Metallic and pearlescent paint $740, prestige paint $940