How much does the Eclipse Cross plug-in hybrid cost?
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV comes in three flavours.
First up is the ES priced from $46,490 before on-road costs, though it’s on sale now for $49,990 driveaway, which includes free servicing, making it a very good deal.
The mid-spec Aspire is priced at $49,990 and the Exceed will cost $53,990, plus on-roads.
The Exceed is the only one directly comparable to the ICE-powered Eclipse Cross range and it comes in $12,500 dearer than its conventional counterpart.
The all-wheel-drive Eclipse Cross with a 1.5-litre turbo engine claims to use 7.7 litres every 100km. Allowing for their driving to mirror the PHEV and paying $2.20 a litre for petrol, they’d spend around $2,890 a year. That means it would take more than eight years for the PHEV owner to come out in front purely on a cost basis.
The Eclipse Cross comes with a 10-year, 200,000 km warranty if you have it serviced at a dealership (though the battery is only covered for eight years)
Servicing needs to be done every year or 15,000km and will cost $4,790 over the warranty period, against $3,790 for the internal combustion versions.
Obvious rivals include the MG HS plug-in at $48,990 driveaway and Kia Niro plug-in hybrid, starting at $46,590 plus on-roads.
Is the Eclipse Cross plug-in hybrid safe?
ANCAP’s five-star safety rating applies to ICE and PHEV versions of the Eclipse Cross.
The 2017 tests scored the small SUV at 97 per cent for adult occupant protection, 78 per cent for child protection, 80 per cent for pedestrian protection and 58 per cent for safety assist features.
It’s worth noting the ANCAP review page says changes were made to the autonomous emergency braking configuration on vehicles built after April 2021. The site says: “these changes are expected to reduce the performance in AEB pedestrian tests, however technical evidence provided by Mitsubishi demonstrates the reduced performance does not affect the five-star rating for these vehicles”.
All variants come with seven airbags, two isofix anchors on the outboard rear seats and three top tethers.
Software includes lane-departure warning and AEB with pedestrian detection. The Aspire then adds blind-spot monitoring, lane-change assist and rear cross-traffic alert. The Exceed tops the range with mis-acceleration mitigation, which stops the car if the driver accidentally accelerates towards an obstacle.
What’s the Eclipse Cross like inside?
Beyond some PHEV-specific displays on the 8.0-inch infotainment screen, there isn’t a lot to differentiate the plug-in versions of the Eclipse Cross from the conventional cars.
The ES features 18-inch alloy wheels and old-school halogen headlamps. Inside there’s smartphone mirroring, digital audio, a four-speaker sound system and a pair of USB ports up front,
The Aspire extends the amenities with rear tinted glass, roof rails, an auto-dimming rear mirror, powered driver’s seat, an eight-speaker sound system, heated front seats, more stylish upholstery, adaptive cruise control, front parking sensors and auto wipers.
Exceed buyers then collect leather seat trim, a powered passenger’s seat, heated seats front and rear, a heated steering wheel, head-up display, satellite navigation, and a double sunroof.