Ok, I have to admit (and maybe it’s obvious anyhow), I’m not a typical man. I love fashion and I prefer shopping to playing football. But when it comes to cars I play the male role very well. This time I had the chance to test the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.
I love cars since the early days of childhood. I remember watching race cars from a tree when the famous Gunball race was passing by my hometown. Celebrating transportation on wheels and enjoying the path – not just the destination. This is something I learned from my grandpa – who always showed me the joy of movement wether on my bike or on a go cart.
Not a lot has changed since these days. Only now I didn’t just watch, but had the chance to test ride the new Eclipse Cross beforehand in Saalfelden, Salzburg last week.
While growing older I start to prefer more safe and comfortable rides. Therefore the SUV segment is usually my first choice. I love to have the overview when driving the highways – something a SUV definitely gives you while still being usable for the city. But more importantly I also love exploring the outdoors and need a 4×4 drive for gravel roads like these!
Big in Japan
Mitsubishi was the first company, that produced cars in series in Japan. That happened exactly 100 years ago. A lot has changed since then. Now they are rolling out a new SUV (Mitsubishi has a long standing heritage in 4×4 vehicles with the ASX, Outlander & co.).
The new Eclipse Cross will be released at Vienna’s Auto trade show in January 2018.
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
Let’s start with the most important fact for a blogger: The design.
The overall look is bold and immediately recognisable with it’s sporty attitude. Aerodynamic lines in the profile make the Eclipse Cross look more refined. Geometric chrome parts in the “Dynamic Shield” front make the whole look more aggressive.
A special new multi layer red coating is available for the Eclipse Cross – it helps underline the aggressive attitude (and is a Mitsubishi staple color). From a design perspective it’s definitely one of the nicest red tones I have seen on a car so far. And I’m usually not a big fan of red cars – but I’ll make an exception here (and even dressed for the occasion ;) ).
An expansive panoramic sun roof helps to get light inside the cabin. That’s something I appreciate very much – more light inside makes me feel more awake and brightens my mood.
The second important part for a blogger: The connectivity.
Of course you can connect to your mobile device – nothing new I know. But with a very handy touchpad controller and a touch screen display you can access all your favourite apps more easily.
The whole riding experience is really satisfying. The interior is refined Japanese goodness. Everything feels solid and more importantly the seats are really comfortable and electrically adjustable. The 360 degree rear view camera makes you wann drive backwards the whole day – it feels like a Super Mario game.
I had to use the rear gear a lot even in steep conditions to get the perfect shot. The 4×4 version with it’s CVT auto transmission also helped a lot under those hard shooting conditions ;).
Special thanks to Zalando for providing me with a special red & black look to match my ride.
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In collaboration with Mitsubishi Motors.