Another first for the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is the new dashboard architecture that uses a horizontal axis to split functions between ‘Information’ (above the axis) and ‘Operation’ (beneath the axis). The logical layout also works to visually widen the interior, while the tall centre console helps create cockpit-like environment to enhance the sporty driving experience still further.
Bestowing the Eclipse Cross with a high-quality, crafted feel, carbon and piano black accents are used for the instrument panel, steering wheel, centre console and door panels, while high finish silver trim frames the lower dashboard, centre console blades, front door armrests and air vents. Mitsubishi’s latest model also benefits from all-new front seats featuring body-hugging side bolsters, optimised foam density and thicker cushioning, and new switchgear that is more substantial in operation and, consequently, more satisfying to use.
Large areas such as the dashboard or the door panels are trimmed with a soft, dimpled, leather-like material – contrasting in touch and feel with the smooth silver and black trim – while the high quality leather upholstery features subtle orange stitching. Interior refinement is heightened through the use of extensive sound insulation within the body panels as well as the use of soundproof glazing and a floor silencer material.
Within its compact dimensions (2,670 mm wheelbase, 1,805 mm overall width and overall length of 4,405 mm), the Eclipse Cross offers an airy and spacious interior. Luggage space is optimised with a 60:40 split rear seat, with slide-and-recline adjustments, which provides rear occupants with plenty of legroom (200 mm sliding range) while also allowing them to adopt their favourite seatback position (16-32՞ via eight reclining steps).
Adding to the overall roominess, the clever twin bubble roof design ensures plenty of headroom, a benefit which isn’t compromised if the car is equipped with the panoramic glass roof. Other features that aid practicality and comfort are wide opening rear doors (75°), multiple storage areas including a large double-compartment glovebox, centre console with sunglass tray, underfloor cargo box and new ‘Sync’ function for the air conditioning to synchronise the left and right temperature.