Mitsubishi’s latest addition to New Zealand’s SUV mix, the Eclipse Cross, will join the market early next year with a 5 star safety rating from the Australasia New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP).
The Eclipse Cross did well across the crash tests, scoring one of the highest scores for adult occupant protection in its class.
“Australasian consumers continue to be spoilt for choice in the SUV segment with the new Eclipse Cross arriving on sale with a top ANCAP safety rating,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, Mr James Goodwin.
“The Eclipse Cross achieved a very high score for Adult Occupant Protection at 97% – the equal second highest score in this area of assessment, and the highest in its class.”
The Eclipse Cross has kept pace with ANCAP’s increasing safety standards.
“The design of the front of the vehicle as well as its ability to avoid or minimise the injury risk to a pedestrian through its standard fitment of autonomous emergency braking contributed to its strong score of 80% for Pedestrian Protection,” said Mr Goodwin.
AA Motoring Services General Manager Stella Stocks says it’s fantastic to see Mitsubishi creating mid-range vehicles that rival some of the more expensive models in terms of safety.
“It shows that price isn’t indicative of a vehicle’s safety and that there are plenty of options for Kiwi drivers looking for safe vehicles at every price point,” says Ms Stocks.
The small SUV also comes equipped with a wide range of safety assist technologies, which help to prevent crashes, including all three grades of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC).
The 5 star safety rating applies to all variants of the Eclipse Cross.