The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a pretty divisive car. On the one hand, it looks by all accounts to be a decent crossover. But on the flipside, many people are not too pleased with Mitsubishi’s choice to revive the Eclipse name on a non-performance model.
The Arma dei Carabinieri, which is Italy’s state police force, apparently likes the Eclipse so much that it has now added the crossover to its service fleet. The new units will be used for tasks “such as the transport of organs and blood” and other police-related duties.
This isn’t the first time that Mitsu has supplied the Arma dei Carabinieri. In the past, the Japanese carmaker has provided armored SUVs for use in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as electric cars for low-emissions urban areas.
In the UK, the Eclipse Cross is powered by a 1.5-liter MIVEC turbo gasoline with 161hp and 250Nm, paired with either a CVT or a six-speed manual. It’s capable of reaching 205kph with the manual, and 200kph with the CVT. Drivetrain options include 2WD and 4WD.
So, the Italian police seem to think the Eclipse Cross isn’t such a bad car. What do you guys think of it?