For 2021, the Eclipse Cross has had the specification spreadsheet thrown at it, perhaps to indicate that the company wants to put a bit of space between the evergreen ASX and the more contemporary Eclipse Cross.
Spec and prices all got a boost, the top-end Exceed AWD scoring another $1300 on the sticker to take it to $40,790. With which you can buy the much bigger Outlander.
For 2021, the Exceed adds LED headlights, double sunroof, head-up display, sat nav, heated steering wheel and rear seats, fake leather seats and a clever new safety feature to stop you hitting something if you accidentally punch the throttle when you want the brake.
You also get dual-zone climate control, 18-inch alloys, an eight-speaker stereo, reversing camera, front and side cameras, keyless entry and start, front and rear parking sensors, active cruise control, a very healthy safety package, powered front seats, auto headlights, auto wipers, powered and heated door mirrors and a space-saver spare.
The Mitsubishi media system is present and correct and as mediocre as ever. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing because you can just plug in your phone and get Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, with takes out the sting.
The DAB interface is terrible, however, and is one of the great mysteries of the automotive world - why are most of them so impossible to use?
I just want to listen to my station without having to scroll through every station which has a baffling code appended to the start of its name rather than, I don't know, just listing them alphabetically.
The only options available on the Exceed are paint colours. Solid white is a freebie, while four colours ask another $740, and the premium colours are a mildly outrageous $940, like the 'Red Diamond' of the car I had.