In the pools of our long-term test, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV has already driven a little around the city, where you can get good results of fuel consumption “per hundred”. After all, the white crossover is a plug-in hybrid that has the ability to recover the battery from the network, so that on the way home work-work is almost like an electrician.
But this material will not be about urban exploitation. On the contrary! We looked at how the Eclipse Cross PHEV would handle a weekend skiing trip (mainly skiing and snowboarding) to Białka Tatrzańska.
However, let’s start with the equipment, because the cold weather clearly showed how individual options affect the comfort of driving a car and the operation of a car in bad weather conditions. The trial version is the Instyle Plus version. The series includes a heated steering wheel or a heated windshield.
When a heater warms a driver’s frozen hands after a day on the slopes, a heated windshield directly affects driving safety. It takes 30-60 seconds for the frozen snow and even a thin layer of ice to melt, ensuring a good view, so that we can forget about the bad wiping of the car in the morning.
As standard, the Eclipse Cross PHEV with the Instyle Plus Pack also offers heated front seats and two outboard seats in the second row of seats. Both front and rear heated seats can be adjusted in two steps. There is no need to explain how important this feature is when the morning temperature reaches, for example, -10 degrees Celsius.
It is also worth emphasizing that thanks to the electric heating of the cabin factory, after all-night storms and negative temperatures, we can get a warm interior without frost on the windows!
Of course, there is one condition. We must have a well-charged battery, and then, through the Mitsubishi Remote Control software, we can turn on the heating in the car remotely. Alternatively, it is also possible to program the additional circuit heating via the touch screen so that the electric parking heater starts working, eg 10 minutes before going to work.
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV offers five seats, but you should use this possibility in “emergency” situations. There isn’t much room in the front seats, although most drivers shouldn’t complain. On the back seat, on the other hand, it is better to travel for two, and tall people (more than 180 cm tall) can already rub their heads against the head. On the plus side, backrest angle adjustment should be included.
The trunk of the Mitsubishi hybrid crossover has a capacity of 359 liters (measured by the VDA method, i.e. up to the top of the rear seat, without the boot shadow). So it is not too bulky and take, for example, skis or snowboards on board, the division part of the rear seat backrest must be folded down. However, the truth is that the same boards and skis did not fit into the big compact combo – we checked!
The test Eclipse Cross PHEV is equipped with an electric hatch – to access the trunk you can press the button on the left side of the steering wheel or press the button that is already on the part above the license plate. Another option to access the trunk is to make foot movements under the left side of the rear bumper – such a facility requires an additional PLN 477, although several times it happened that the sensors did not respond and the hatch remained closed.
It has been established that plugging hybrids are best suited for short distances. Of course, we will also touch on this topic in a separate phase of our Eclipse Cross PHEV test, but first we looked at how fuel consumption looks like on a long route.
According to the manufacturer, a fully charged lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 13.8 kWh will allow driving only 45-55 kilometers in electric mode. At this time we did not attempt to verify these declarations. On the road, the power unit producing a total power of 188 HP had no problems with efficient acceleration, although for fans of driving on German highways it may be important that the maximum speed does not exceed 162 km / h.
According to the manufacturer, the acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h is not very surprising – the time of 10.9 seconds looks average on paper, but in reality the Eclipse Cross PHEV seems to be doing better.
In any case, during our trip to the mountains, the average fuel consumption on the road was 7.6 liters, which should be considered a good result. Especially if we consider that the car was transported by 3 adults with skiing and snowboarding equipment and luggage. Add to that minus temperatures, strong winds and mud covering the Tatra trails.
Unfortunately, in the guest house where we were staying, it was not possible to connect even to a standard 230V household socket, which would allow you to fully charge the traction battery in less than 7 hours. It is sad, maybe after a while the owners of hotels or rental houses they will see that such a channel can differentiate their offering from others.
Returning to the powertrain itself, the S-AWC (All-Wheel Control) system deserves the biggest advantage, as it automatically engages the drive to the rear axle when needed. Thanks to this, there were no major problems on driveways or when driving in snow-covered parking lots.
Most importantly, the S-AWC system uses two electric motors – 82 HP at the front and 95 HP at the rear axle – thanks to which the driver can accurately measure the movement of his right leg, which will be important, for example, when. driving on hills, reducing unnecessary wheel slip on a slippery surface.
A high driving position, large exterior mirrors and a five-step recovery system that can be operated with paddles on the steering wheel are other advantages of the Mitsubishi crossover test.
Thanks to the last feature, we can not only restore the traction battery, but also extend the service life of brake discs and brake pads – this indirectly translates into PM 2.5 and PM 10 dust emissions due to abrasion of brake linings.
Another advantage is the automatic one-speed gearbox, although when you press the accelerator harder, the solid sound of the 2.4-liter gasoline engine that acts as an electric generator, but can also drive the front wheels directly, can turn on .
In summary, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV performed very well on the track, and Tatra’s icy roads or snow-covered “zakopianka” did not impress the 4×4 S-AWC with drift control (AYC), ABS. and track traction and stability control (ASTC).
Perhaps the Japanese crossover does not offer as much interior space or trunk capacity as large SUVs, but it pays for itself with agility on the road and rich equipment that is very useful in winter use.