Electrical automobiles are flying on the gross sales charts, and common hybrids are nonetheless in sizzling demand. Plug-in hybrids although? They’re languishing, as Australians look previous their (barely complicated) mixture of petrol and electrical energy.
That’s an issue for Mitsubishi. It’s positioning itself as a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) specialist going ahead, in an enormous to snap up gross sales from individuals who wish to commute on electrical energy, and get pleasure from a street journey with out utilizing Australia’s burgeoning public cost community.
Together with the flagship Outlander PHEV, the model gives the small-to-mid-sized Eclipse Cross with plug-in energy.
With a sticker value within the mid-$50k vary, the range-topping Exceed on check is dearer than widespread pure electrical choices such because the BYD Atto 3, and is priced according to bigger sequence hybrids just like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda ZR-V.
Does it have what it takes to face out amongst that crowd?
The range-topping Exceed is $55,990 earlier than on-road prices, up $1500 relative to 2022.
It’s $7700 dearer than the bottom ES, and $4750 greater than the mid-range Aspire. It’s additionally $14,000 pricier than the Eclipse Cross Exceed with a petroleum engine.
Pure PHEV rivals are non-existent. The Kia Niro PHEV is not any extra, and the Ford Escape PHEV is useless – and types aren’t bothering bringing new choices Down Underneath within the face of very restricted demand.
On the electrical entrance, the Eclipse Cross goes head-to-head with the BYD Atto 3 Prolonged Vary ($51,011) and the MG ZS EV Lengthy Vary ($55,990).
Within the hybrid area, it takes on the Toyota RAV4 Cruiser AWD Hybrid ($54,410) and Nissan X-Path Ti-L e-Energy ($54,690).
2023 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Plug-in Hybrid EV pricing:
- Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV ES: $47,290
- Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV Aspire: $51,240
- Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV Exceed: $55,990
Costs exclude on-road prices
The Eclipse Cross has a beneficiant tools record, nevertheless it all appears and feels a bit low cost inside given the $55,000 value.
On the plus facet it’s very practical, and there’s a strong quantity of area given the compact-ish exterior.
The motive force and entrance passenger sit on leather-based seats perched up excessive for a commanding view of the street forward, full with electrical adjustment. Shorter drivers received’t wrestle to get snug, tall drivers like me may wrestle to get low sufficient.
Know-how is the place the Eclipse Cross falls down. At 8.0 inches the infotainment show is now small alongside what cheaper rivals supply, and it’s operating software program that appears and feels a minimum of two generations previous.
It appears house model, doesn’t reply notably rapidly to inputs, and includes a blocky font that’s not notably simple to make out on the transfer.
Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto assist you to sidestep the manufacturing unit system.
There’s additionally a way it is a low cost automobile dressed up like an costly one. The local weather management pod with its orange backlighting, haphazardly organized buttons for driver help methods, and the small journey laptop – with no digital speedo – all really feel low cost and nasty in a $55,000 new automobile.
Piano black trim dominates the transmission tunnel, and is susceptible to scratches, dusts, and fingerprints.
Storage areas abound up entrance, with spacious bottle holders within the entrance doorways, cupholders within the central tunnel, and a deep bin beneath the central armrest, and a phone-shaped slot beneath the dashboard. Twin USB-A ports are available to cost gadgets up entrance.
Legroom is strong within the again seat, thanks in no small half to the lengthy wheelbase. It’s not on the identical stage as a Toyota RAV4 or Nissan X-Path, and is extra in line with a Kia Seltos or Hyundai Kona again there.
Headroom is a weak level, nonetheless. The sloping roofline and panoramic sunroof imply tall youngsters can have their heads brushing the headliner, and tall adults will really feel very boxed in.
ISOFIX factors characteristic on the outboard rear seats, and there’s a trio of top-tether factors. The outboard rear seats are heated, and the USB ports will hold youngsters with iPads pleased on longer drives… however the lack of air vents is tough to excuse.
Open the boot and also you’ll discover 359L of area, measured to the highest of the second-row seat again, which is down 46L on the petrol variations.
The position of the battery pack means there’s no spare wheel in anyway. Raise up the boot ground and also you’ll discover some storage nooks, inside which sit a charger and the tyre restore package.
On both facet of the boot ground, there are additionally small niches. Sadly the rear seats don’t fold utterly flat.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Plug-In Hybrid EV is powered by a 2.4-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine, an electrical motor on every axle, and a 13.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
The petrol engine produces 94kW of energy and 199Nm of torque, the entrance electrical motor makes 60kW and 137Nm, and the rear one makes 70kW and 195Nm. There’s no mixed system output determine obtainable.
Drive is shipped by way of a ‘Tremendous-All Wheel Management’ all-wheel drive system able to torque vectoring.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV consumes a claimed 1.9L/100km on the mixed cycle, and EV vary is a claimed 55km. The gasoline tank holds 45L and requires a minimal of 91 RON unleaded petrol.
Commuting to and from work, and charging the battery at our workplace in Melbourne I noticed between 0.8 and 1.0L/100km.
However, a weekend street journey (Melbourne to Rye, driving round on the peninsula, and again) with no capacity to cost noticed that common blow out to five.0L/100km.
It’s very environment friendly for those who can cost it, however for those who’re not in a position to plug on this PHEV is much less environment friendly than a Toyota hybrid.
With a full battery, the Eclipse Cross does a formidable impersonation of an electrical automobile.
The place some plug-in hybrids really feel undercooked operating on pure electrical energy, it’s in a position to transfer effortlessly with the site visitors between standstill and about 80km/h with out the petrol engine firing.
It’s clean and quiet, and also you’re ready to make use of the outsized metallic paddles behind the steering wheel to dial within the quantity of regenerative braking you need – starting from none, to a stage that nearly permits for one-pedal driving.
Flatten the accelerator and the petrol engine kicks into gear with a flourish. It’s a bit gruff at first, however settles down as soon as it’s heat.
Mitsubishi has been making plug-in hybrids for longer than most manufacturers, and it exhibits. The best way the petrol and electrical energy sources mix is impressively clean, to the purpose the place you don’t have to spend a lot time enthusiastic about what’s taking place below the pores and skin.
When the battery goes flat although, you’re extra conscious of what’s taking place. This can be a heavy automobile at 1900kg, and the naturally-aspirated petrol must work fairly onerous to get the automobile rolling, undermining refinement.
The burden of the batteries, electrical motors, and all of the related hybrid package additionally damages the trip and dealing with. The Eclipse feels heavy over pace humps or dips, bouncing round in a method the petrol automobile doesn’t, and it smacks onerous into potholes or sharp-edged bumps.
We’ve skilled what the plug-in hybrid powertrain within the Eclipse Cross can do on a snowy or a gravel street, shuffling torque round to make it deal with like a smaller, lighter automobile. It’s spectacular, nevertheless it’s additionally not all that related to the common purchaser.
They’re extra prone to discover the steering is slower and heavier than is the case in rivals across the metropolis, making the Eclipse Cross tougher to park, or to clock the huge blind-spot that comes with that sloping roofline.
On the freeway, the adaptive cruise management is clean and good, however the lack of lane-keeping help (which can truly steer you again between the white strains, relatively than simply beeping at you) is disappointing at this value.
At the very least the automobile is quiet; the place some electrical automobiles or plug-in hybrids have a variety of wind and street noise at 100km/h, the Eclipse Cross has been effectively insulated towards the skin world.
Eclipse Cross PHEV ES highlights:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Mode 2 charging cable
- Mode 3 charging cable
- Acoustic automobile alert system
- Halogen headlights
- LED daytime operating lights
- Energy-folding door mirrors
- Driver-side window auto up/down
- 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Wired Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
- 2 x entrance, 2 x rear USBs
- 4-speaker sound system
- Local weather management
- Cruise management
- Electrical park brake
- Keyless entry and begin
- Leather-based-wrapped steering wheel
- Chrome inside door handles
- Material upholstery
- Illuminated entrance door trim
- Rear centre armrest with cupholders
Eclipse Cross PHEV Aspire provides:
- Computerized LED headlights
- Computerized high-beam
- LED fog lights
- Rain-sensing window wipers
- Privateness glass
- Roof rails
- Silver entrance decrease bumper
- Black entrance bumper centre garnish
- Black grille insert
- Black and insert rear decrease bumper
- Black facet door garnish
- 8-speaker sound system
- Twin-zone local weather management
- 1500 V2L capability
- Electrochromatic rear-view mirror
- Microsuede leather-look upholstery
- Heated entrance seats
- Driver seat energy adjustment
Eclipse Cross PHEV Exceed provides:
- Electrical tailgate with hands-free lock and shut (NEW)
- Head-up show
- Satellite tv for pc navigation
- Ultrasonic mis-acceleration mitigation system
- Black leather-based upholstery
- Mild gray leather-based upholstery (NEW)
- Heated steering wheel
- Heated rear seats
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV has a five-star ANCAP security ranking based mostly on testing carried out on the petrol Eclipse Cross in 2017.
It acquired 97 per cent for grownup occupant safety, 78 per cent for baby occupant safety, 80 per cent for pedestrian safety, and 58 per cent for security help.
Customary security options embody:
- 7 airbags
- AEB with pedestrian detection
- Lane departure warning
- Rear-view digital camera
- Rear parking sensors
Stepping as much as the Aspire will get you security options together with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise management, entrance parking sensors, and a surround-view digital camera.
The flagship Exceed additionally will get what Mitsubishi calls Ultrasonic Mis-acceleration Mitigation System, which is designed to cease the automobile for those who press the accelerator as a substitute of the brake at low speeds.
The Eclipse Cross PHEV is roofed by a five-year, 100,000km guarantee which could be prolonged to 10 years and 200,000km for those who service inside the Mitsubishi supplier community.
The high-voltage battery is roofed for eight years or 160,000km although.
Logbook servicing is required each 12 months or 15,000km, whichever comes first. Mitsubishi gives ten years of capped pricing servicing which is as follows:
|12 months / 15,000km||$349|
|24 months / 30,000km||$549|
|36 months / 45,000km||$399|
|48 months / 60,000km||$549|
|60 months / 75,000km||$399|
|72 months / 90,000km||$899|
|84 months / 105,000km||$499|
|96 months / 120,000km||$899|
|108 months / 135,000km||$499|
|120 months / 150,000km||$899|
Plug-in hybrids are onerous to mark, as a result of they completely go well with a really small group of individuals.
However for those who’re largely driving on electrical energy we’re on the level the place an EV arguably makes extra sense for the cash, and for those who’re at all times utilizing the engine there are many high quality hybrids that’ll sip gasoline with out the complexity of a plug-in.
With that in thoughts, the Eclipse Cross feels misplaced.
It’s an honest measurement and possesses a intelligent powertrain able to dealing with day by day duties on e-power – nevertheless it’s price wanting on the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV that’s $5000 dearer.
With a extra trendy, spacious inside and newer powertrain, it misses among the luxuries from the Eclipse Cross however is a greater all-rounder.
Past the plug-in hybrid world, the Eclipse Cross is flanked by too many good rivals to be price your time. Regardless of how intelligent the powertrain, its house model inside means it simply doesn’t really feel like a $55,000 automobile in 2023.
The BYD Atto 3 is healthier wanting, options a greater inside, and doesn’t have to fret about lugging round a petroleum engine for those who do most of your driving within the metropolis.
And, for those who’re always on the open street, a Toyota RAV4 Hybrid makes use of a really comparable quantity of gasoline to the Eclipse however has a greater cabin, and isn’t slapped with street tax in Victoria.
If you’re set on an Eclipse Cross PHEV, we’d suggest saving your cash and going for the entry-level mannequin.
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