The Japanese automaker has rekindled the famous Eclipse moniker, though fans of the old model might get a few eyebrows raised since it also comes with the Cross nameplate and has nothing to do with sportiness.
The all-new Eclipse Cross – an SUV, as the name implies – will make its official worldwide public debut during the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show early March. By the way, you might find the design a little dated – since it has most of the cues of the XR-PHEV and XR-PHEV II concepts that were unveiled way back in 2013 and 2015, respectively. The Eclipse Cross is bigger than the ASX/Outlander Sport and comes with coupe-SUV design traits, but it doesn’t trample on the Outlander territory. Front and center sits the Mitsubishi corporate styling Dynamic Shield – with a large grille and chrome strips to direct our attention towards the headlights. The profile is full of muscled-up lines and also has a raked roofline – while at the back we noticed the stretched LED rear lamps, which also act as dividers for the rear window into upper and lower segments – which seems a bit inspired from the Honda Civic.
Although it seems closer to the ASX/Outlander Sport, the Eclipse Cross at least brings some welcomed novelties in terms of powertrains – a new 1.5-liter direct-injection, turbocharged gasoline engine with unknown power, linked to a newly developed CVT transmission with eight-speed Sport Mode manual gate. There’s also an electronically-controlled 4WD system, which has active torque vectoring for the rear wheels – Active Yaw Control system (AYC) distributes torque and brake force between the rear wheels, after updates from the steering angle, yaw rate, drive torque, brake force, and wheel speed. There’s also a well known diesel option for European customers, the 2.2-liter turbodiesel which has been modified specifically for the new model and mated to a new eight-speed automatic gearbox.