In a bustling Mitsubishi line-up, where the Outlander and ASX often steal the spotlight, the Eclipse Cross remains the understated third member of the family. Despite its subdued presence, it continues to find its niche, selling relatively well, under the radar.
Now, the 2023 LS Black Edition brings a new level of sophistication to this often-overlooked vehicle. Acknowledging its roots in the decade-old ASX, the Eclipse Cross has evolved into a much-improved offering that was last facelifted in 2021.
Now a surprisingly appealing package, especially at the rear, the LS Black Edition offers a sleek dark-themed design, elevating the Eclipse Cross’s aesthetics and giving it a newfound allure.
Expanding on the base LS model, the LS Black Edition enhances its appeal with a sleek black pack-style exterior treatment. It incorporates several comfort and convenience features, providing added value to justify its modest $1,350 premium.
Drive-away, you’re looking at just over $40,000 – according to Mitsubishi’s website, for the petrol FWD, which features a CVT automatic transmission. With a similar boxy appearance to its sibling, it delivers a spacious and roomy feel for passengers and driver alike.
Entering the cabin reveals a bright and ample interior space, with impressive forward visibility. However, not much has changed in a fair while, and while the overall appearance and quality are pleasant enough it feels a little lacklustre.
The analogue instrument cluster gives a dated feel, while the tablet-style 8.0-inch touchscreen doesn’t feature satellite navigation (you’ll need to step up to the Exceed for that). What you do get is wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
You’ll also find DAB+ radio functionality, a six-speaker audio system and a pair of USB ports (one Type-A and one Type-C), and AM/FM radio. Bluetooth phone and audio streaming adds to the Eclipse Cross’s connectivity options.
In the LS Black Edition’s cabin, you’ll enjoy an upgrade to micro-suede and leatherette-trimmed seats (a step above the ES and standard LS models). Additionally, heated front seats and an electrically-adjustable driver’s seat provide added comfort.
Single-zone automatic climate control with physical controls keeps you warm or cool, depending on the season. Storage is limited though, with relatively small door bins for a family SUV.
The smartphone space ahead of the gear shifter would struggle to fit anything larger than an iPhone 13 Pro. The centre armrest cubby does offer functional storage, but like the door bins, it’s a little on the smaller side.
Step back a row to the second line of seats and it’s here you see the Eclipse Cross tries to claw back some of its practical shortcomings. Due to its dimensions, there’s above-average rear passenger room, ensuring ample space to accommodate even larger adults.
Benefiting from a tall roofline, the vehicle boasts good head, knee, and toe room. The sizable rear windows contribute to excellent outward visibility, in addition to its bright cabin. Second-row passengers score in-door bottle holders as well.
A fold-down centre armrest with cupholders, and map pockets behind the seats also feature, along with two USB-A charge ports, for the all-important on-the-road charging requirements.
The boot offers a commendable of 405-litres with the rear seats in place, expanding to 1149-litres with them folded. There’s a space-saver spare wheel under the boot floor, and a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine under the hood.
The powertrain delivers 110kW of power and 250Nm of torque. As mentioned already, that’s paired to a CVT, and is front-wheel drive. If you’re keen for all-wheel drive, look at the standard LS and Exceed grades.
Mitsubishi offers Australia’s first 10-year car warranty (although conditions do apply), with 10-years capped price servicing. Fuel economy is reasonable too, sitting at 7.3-litres/100km in testing.
On the road, the Eclipse Cross Black Edition delivers a consistent performance, doing what it needs to do without any frills. The CVT efficiently maintains the turbocharged petrol engine’s get up and go, without excessive rev flaring or droning.
That is unless you deliberately push the accelerator—something not often recommended for this vehicle. As expected, the CVT does struggle a little with torque delivery, something you will learn to drive around.
The cabin remains a quiet place to be, unless you get caught overaccelerating. The light steering makes the Eclipse Cross feel like a nippy city car, making it an ample companion for everyday driving.
Enhancing the base model’s autonomous emergency braking is the inclusion of blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane departure warning. The safety package feels somewhat limited compared to rivals though.
Notably, lane keep assist is absent, replaced by an audible warning. Additionally, adaptive cruise control is reserved exclusively for the top-tier Exceed trim. What you do get though are black 18-inch alloys, and black front and rear bumper skid plates.
A smart key with one touch start, LED front fog lights, a rear view camera and rear parking sensors also feature. Overall, the 2023 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross LS Black Edition delivers a family-friendly and efficient driving experience.
Its user friendly on-road behaviour and cabin practicality stand out as notable highlights. The well-insulated cabin makes it stand out in its class, as does its planted feeling at higher speeds. It’s a reliable companion for everyday journeys.
With a touch of modern styling, the Eclipse Cross holds its own in the competitive crossover segment. You can find out more from your local dealership, or online. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.
Our test vehicle was provided by Mitsubishi Motors Australia for review purposes.