Fresh after launching the new Outlander 7-seat crossover in India, Mitsubishi looks set for a bigger play in the country’s SUV market. The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross crossover is the next big thing from the Japanese brand, with a 2020 launch on the cards. The Eclipse Cross is expected to take on the Jeep Compass and the upcoming Tata Harrier SUVs in India.
This has been confirmed by none other than Uttam Bose, the managing director of Mitsubishi India, who said,
The Eclipse is mainly sold in the US market (presently). All the norms such as the emission norms and crash test norms are not a problem. But speed alert and OBD-II needs to be incorporated. It will compete against the Jeep Compass and the targeted year would be 2020. All things could be evaluated. There are lots of advantages if it is in their manufacturing plant (Renault-Nissan) because the entire line up of vendors research and development is all based there. It is a ready-made made thing. But when it comes to distribution it is us.
Notably, the Eclipse Cross is one of the first Mitsubishi vehicles that has been jointly developed by the Japanese automaker along with Renault-Nissan. Mitsubishi is now a global partner of Renault-Nissan, and is expected to share vehicles, parts, platforms and production facilities. The SUV sits on Mitsubishi’s GS platform that it shares with the Outlander Sport. The Eclipse Cross was first introduced in 2017, at the Geneva Motor Show.
The crossover is sold internationally with three engine options: a 2 litre naturally aspirated petrol (150 PS-198 Nm), a 1.5 litre turbocharged petrol (150 PS-250 Nm) and a 2.2 litre turbocharged diesel (150 PS-400 Nm). CVT automatic and 8 speed torque converter automatic gearboxes are on offer, with both front wheel drive and all wheel drive versions.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is feature rich. From LED headlamps and 18 inch wheels to a host of safety options ranging from 360 degree camera to adaptive cruise control, the crossover has enough to make it a best-in-segment vehicle. It’s likely to be assembled in India through the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route. A starting price close to the Rs. 15 lakh mark is likely. At that price point, the Eclipse will take on the Jeep Compass and higher variants of the Tata Harrier.