Mitsubishi unveils Eclipse Cross PHEVDecember 4, 2020
While dealerships are gearing up to sell the refreshed Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross this month, Japan has unveiled a variant of the Eclipse Cross (PHEV) hybrid that will launch late next year. The small, rechargeable SUV will use the Outlander AWD twin-engine drive.
The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV is expected to start at around $ 40,000, with the Japanese brand hoping to spark interest in its crossover as did the popular Toyota C-HR hybrid starting at $ 37,665 and the mid-size RAV4 starting at $ 37,070. A regular Eclipse Cross is priced at $ 30,290 minimum
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV will use the same powertrain as the Outlander PHEV, which combines a 2.4-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with 128 hp. and 199 Nm of torque with two electric motors – 82 hp up front. and 137 Nm and rear 95 hp. and 195 Nm. A single speed planetary gearbox is used to transmit power to all four wheels.
The space required for the unit has been reduced from 405 liters in the “regular” Eclipse Cross to 359 liters in the PHEV. The top speed in EV mode for the Eclipse Cross PHEV is expected to be around 135 km / h, just like its sibling. Mitsubishi has yet to release efficiency figures, but the plug-in hybrid Eclipse Cross should at least match the Outlander’s ultra-low fuel consumption of 1.9 L / 100 km on combined cycle and 43 g / km CO2 emissions.
The high-performance permanent magnet synchronous motors are powered by the same 13.8 kWh lithium-ion battery found in the Outlander PHEV, but Mitsubishi says the Eclipse Cross’s electric range is slightly higher, 57 versus 55 km. Charging the battery takes a claimed 4.5 hours from a regular 230/240 V outlet, and drops to 25 minutes on 80 percent recharging using a fast charger (60 A or higher).
The Eclipse Cross PHEV features unique shock / suspension and steering settings to match the added weight associated with the introduction of electric motors and batteries, while underfloor air vents optimize under-body airflow and improve aerodynamics, while reducing energy consumption.
Regenerative braking can recharge the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV battery slightly. The crossover has several conventional driving modes (normal, gravel, etc.) as well as three hybrid modes (serial hybrid, parallel hybrid, all engines) and a battery saver mode.
The AWD and S-AWC systems were carried over from the Outlander PHEV, but retuned for a smaller and lighter SUV. Unlike the “regular” Eclipse Cross, the plug-in hybrid got additional remote control of the battery charging time from a smartphone (to benefit from off-peak charging), as well as a 100 V / 1500 W power outlet in the trunk for using household devices and appliances.
A small SUV can even provide electricity to a home for up to 10 days when the gas tank is full and the battery is charged. This bi-directional power transfer or vehicle-to-home (V2H) charging has been used in the Outlander PHEV since 2017.
The plug-in hybrid version of the Eclipse Cross should get a new look and a revamped cabin with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Updated safety systems and modern driving aids are also expected.
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