Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross could be launched in India to rival Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson in the premium SUV segment
Mitsubishi’s India division is expected to launch the Eclipse Cross locally sometime next year or in 2021 as the brand appears to be eyeing volumes from its SUV range. The Outlander, Montero and the Pajero Sport are sold in the domestic market in standard as Splash variants and are produced at Hindustan Motors’ facility in Tamil Nadu.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross could be positioned in the premium SUV space to rival Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson, seven-seater Tata Harrier, etc. It could be offered in both two-wheel- and four-wheel-drive configurations costing from Rs. 16 lakh to Rs. 23 lakh (ex-showroom) in all expectancy.
The Eclipse Cross, retailed in several international markets, has received a 2.2-litre diesel engine in its home market of Japan. The four-cylinder direct-injected turbocharged motor is good enough to produce a maximum power output of 143 horsepower at 3,500 rpm and 380 Nm of peak torque delivered at 2,000 rpm.
About 3 horsepower and 8 Nm less compared to the European version. The engine is connected with an eight-speed automatic transmission with a four-wheel-drive system as standard. It also offers sport mode and is claimed to deliver an average fuel economy of 14.2 kmpl in WLTC (Worldwide Harmonised Light-vehicles Test Cycle).
In a similar fashion to the petrol engine, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross diesel can be had in four variants namely M, G, G Plus Package and Black Edition in Japan. Prices for the oil-burner range between 3,061,800 yen (Rs. 19.69 lakh) and 3,424,680 yen (Rs. 22.03 lakh).
Mitsubishi claims the new engine to be a clean diesel courtesy of the Urea Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) water system that helps in reducing exhaust emissions and the average CO2 emission stands at 182 g/km. The 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine develops 150 PS at 5,500 rpm and 240 Nm at 2,000-3,500 rpm and is mated to a CVT auto with FWD and 4WD options.