Lucky Reviewer Really, Really Thinks You Should Get the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross with S-AWC
The countdown is on: we’re just a few scant weeks away from the arrival of the all-new Eclipse Cross, which will fill the gap between the Outlander Sport and Outlander in the Mitsubishi lineup. Mitsubishi is no doubt hoping that the Eclipse Cross will help the brand maintain its momentum as 2017’s fastest-growing non-luxury automotive brand well into 2018, and if one of its earliest reviews is any indication, it very well could do just that.
In a review this week on Forbes.com, auto journo Peter Lyon called the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross “worth the wait,” suggesting that it will be key for the brand as it continues to rebuild its image. Having had the opportunity to drive the Eclipse Cross in Hokkaido on snowy track, Lyon lauded the Eclipse Cross’s use of Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) and Active Yaw Control (AYC).
After my allotted laps, I was offered a hot, should I say “ice” lap with a Japanese living legend. Twenty-one-time entrant and two-time winner of the grueling Paris-Dakar Rally and Mitsubishi’s chief test driver, Hiroshi Masuoka, showed me what the Eclipse Cross could do with all its techno-wizardry. Balancing the Cross at an impossible angle with the car pointing at the inside of the hairpin turn, he tickled the steering wheel this way and that as it progressed sideways out of the corner. This car is superbly balanced and the 4WD system seems as much at home here as it would on dirt, mud, ice or tarmac. Ah yes, this SUV is grippy and comfortable on normal road surfaces, too.
In the final analysis, Lyon suggests ponying up the extra dough for the Eclipse Cross with S-AWC. Given its low starting price point, that should be easy enough advice for drivers to adhere to—particularly in regions where it gets snowy ‘round this time of year.
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News Source: Forbes