First Contact with Eclipse Cross
November 13, 2017
We took Phoebe from Little Grey Box to the US Eclipse Cross first contact event. As the first Australian customer to get behind the wheel of the all-new Eclipse Cross Phoebe tells us what she thought of the new car.
Firstly how does it feel to have been the first Aussie to drive the car? I can’t believe it! At the time I didn’t realise I’d be the first and now I feel like I’m really repping for the people. It’s an amazing feeling to be the first person to do anything and to know I was the first Aussie to slide behind the wheel of the Eclipse Cross is fantastic.
What were your first impressions? I was impressed by how sleek the Eclipse Cross is. It has a kind of elegance and style to it that I really like. Instantly I fell in love with the shade of red paint, it has a velvety, luxurious look and feel. I had seen a few sneaky photographs before the visit and knew I liked the shape and style of the car but when I saw it in person I got a bit starry eyed and started picturing my husband and I rolling around Brisbane in it.
As someone who travels a lot, I’m a big fan of the boot. It sounds weird, but it sits at the perfect height for me to get my luggage in and out and also use the flat space as a work surface when we’re filming around Queensland.
I also really liked the feel of the interior. I’ve often found SUVs to be a bit too open inside, preferring the feel of a sedan. For me, the Eclipse Cross offers that ‘snug’ feel you get in a sedan while still giving you that higher driving position of a SUV.
How did it drive? We got the chance to put the Eclipse Cross through its paces on a fantastic closed track in Portland, which was really fun. First up, I really liked the way it gripped the road. We get a lot of summer storms in Queensland and my husband I tend to drive long distances for work so it’s important to me the car feel tight and secure.
I really wanted to put the car to the test and didn’t hold back on the track. I’m no rally driver but it handled everything I threw at it! The Eclipse Cross had plenty of power, cornering nicely then opening up on the straights.
I was also a really big fan of the sun roof, it’s absolutely huge, sliding all the way back. I think it’d be particularly enjoyable on full-moon nights or days spent driving along the coastline. The heads-up display was really cool, that’s a feature I haven’t seen in a car before. I felt a little like Tony Stark!
One other thing that struck me was the visibility. It’s important to me to be able to see clearly out of a car’s windows, so I can merge, park and reverse confidently. Together with the reverse display, I found the car offered me great visibility.
Where are you looking forward to heading on the road with the Eclipse Cross?
My husband and I take an annual road trip from Brisbane up to Agnes Water, a gorgeous little beach down near Bundaberg. I’m really looking forward to testing out the Eclipse Cross on that long, 6-hour drive. It’s really important to be comfortable when you’re sitting in a car for long periods like that and I think the car will stand up to the test! It’ll also be a great chance to see how my cat feels about it as she tags along too.
I love the beach and my husband surfs so we’re really keen to take the Eclipse Cross on a few early morning beach runs. There’s nothing like starting the day with a swim at Burleigh followed by breakfast and coffee.
There are some beautiful parts of Queensland out to the west, toward Stanthorpe. I’m excited to throw all our camera gear in the car and head out on a few day trips. We’ve been wanting to explore more of the region and with the Eclipse Cross we’ll be able to tackle some of those country roads we haven’t been able to before.
Overseas model shown