Singapore becomes the first country in Southeast Asia to launch the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, where it is being offered in a sole variant. The SUV resurrects a name used for Mitsubishi’s now-retired, two-door sports car, which shared a “danger to manifold” moment with Brian Spilner/Brian O’Conner in The Fast and the Furious.

Anyway, the Eclipse Cross sold in Singapore is powered by a 4B40 1.5 litre turbocharged four-cylinder MIVEC engine, which has a rated output of 163 PS at 5,500 rpm and 250 Nm of torque from 1,800 to 4,500 rpm. Drive goes to the front wheels via an INVECS III CVT automatic transmission with eights-speed sports mode.

An all-wheel drive version with Mitsubishi’s Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) will reportedly be introduced later on. Performance wise, the SUV will get to a top speed of 200 km/h, and with its 1,490-kg curb weight, the century sprint is accomplished in 9.3 seconds. It also has a claimed fuel consumption of 6.7 litres per 100 km.

The kit list includes LED headlights and taillights, 18-inch alloy wheels, four-way power-adjustable driver seat, 4.2-inch TFT LCD instrument display panel, leather seats, heads-up display, dual-zone climate control and keyless operation. Available as an option for 2WD variants is a powered panoramic sunroof, while a Smartphone Link Display Audio (SDA) with touchpad controller is exclusive to the 4WD model.

On the safety front, the Eclipse Cross comes with seven airbags, Active Stability Control, anti-lock brake system, around-view monitor, hill start assist and a forward collision mitigation system. Other items include front and rear parking sensors, electronic parking brake with auto brake hold and automatic high beam function.

The Eclipse Cross has a list price of SG$135,999 (RM401,022) for the base 2WD variant, and goes for SG$137,999 (RM407,135) if you want one with the optional sunroof. These prices are not inclusive of COE, but includes VES rebate/penalty.