Every 2023 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will feature Super All-Wheel Control

The Eclipse Cross is one of Mitsubishi’s compact crossover SUVs. The automaker has been offering this vehicle since model year 2018 as FWD or more expensive AWD. But for the 2023 model year, every Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will come with Mitsubishi’s “Super All-Wheel-Control” AWD standard.

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The Eclipse Cross SUV shares its “GS Platform” chassis with the Delica D:5, Outlander Sport and Lancer. It doesn’t share much more than a badge with the original Mitsubishi Eclipse. In the Mitsubishi lineup, it sits between the Outlander Sport and the regular Outlander in terms of size.

You can order a Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross with a 2.0-liter I4 (148 horsepower) or a 1.5-liter turbocharged I4 (148-161 horsepower). Mitsubishi also offers a plug-in hybrid with a 2.4-liter I4 petrol engine.

In 2019, you could only order an FWD Eclipse Cross if it was the base ES version. But Mitsubishi only offered the 1.5-liter turbocharged powertrain and six-speed manual transmission in FWD. So, from 2020, Mitsubishi started offering all Eclipse Cross versions with FWD.

For the 2023 model year, every Eclipse Cross will be all-wheel drive, according to a recent press release. Does that mean Mitsubishi will design a manual transmission for the AWD setup or drop the option altogether? We’ll just have to wait and find out.

What is the standard super all-wheel control?

This Mitsubishi feature is more than just all-wheel drive. It incorporates Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Adaptive Stability Control (ASC) and Active Yaw Control (AYC), as well as an electronically controlled center differential to maintain vehicle stability.

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Mitsubishi engineered Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) to keep its taller vehicles stable in all weather conditions. Engineers also created a system for cornering and straight-line acceleration.

Mitsubishi Motors would like to remind car buyers that the company has a history of off-road racing. The S-AWC system builds on this heritage to enhance the crossover’s on-road and off-road performance:

“The S-AWC has its roots in the company’s legendary motorsport victories on the special stages of the World Rally Championship and in the desert dunes of Dakar.”

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How much will a 2023 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross cost?

Mitsubishi has announced that the 2023 Eclipse Cross, with standard Super All-Wheel Control, will start at $25,795. The Eclipse Cross SEL, loaded with the Touring Package, will start at $31,395.

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The Mitsubishi company offers six trim levels of its Eclipse Cross. The base Eclipse Cross ES starts at $25,795. The Eclipse Cross LE ($27,045) adds an 8-inch smartphone link screen with Apple Carplay/Android Auto.

The Eclipse Cross SE ($28,045) gets 18-inch wheels, automatic light control, synthetic suede, dual-zone climate control and driver aids such as the blind spot warning and lane change assist. If you opt for the Panorama package, your Eclipse Cross SE will start at $29,045 but you’ll get a sunroof.

The Eclipse Cross SEL ($29,295) comes with paddle shifters, leather seats, a multi-view camera system and even a heated steering wheel. If you opt for the Touring Package ($31,395), your fully equipped Eclipse Cross SEL gets heated rear seats, stereo upgrade, head-up display, collision avoidance braking with pedestrian detection and an electric panoramic sunroof.

See Mitsubishi’s latest commercial for its Eclipse Cross below:

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