Japanese carmaker Mitsubishi Motors is indeed resurrecting a nameplate that has made its mark in four generations from 1989 to 2012. Yes, the Mitsubishi Eclipse moniker is back, but it won’t be a sports car anymore. Instead, Mitsubishi is now using the moniker to identify its latest crossover offering that makes its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
If you think you have already seen the face of Mitsubishi latest crossover, it is highly likely you have. This is because the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross boasts of being closely similar – especially on the front end -- to the carmaker’s previous design studies like the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV (2013 Tokyo Motor Show), Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II (2015 Geneva Motor Show) and the Mitsubishi eX concept (2015 Tokyo Motor Show).
Mitsubishi’s new compact SUV is fitted with a sharp body and a slightly raked roofline, making it appear like a “coupe SUV.” The seemingly slanting body of this new compact SUV features a prominent character line, as accentuated by the vehicle’s pronounced wheel arches. It also features a sharply truncated rear gate as well as short overhang.
On the front end, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross dons the company’s signature Dynamic Shield concept, referring to the protective shield shape visually formed by the black central area encompassing the massive radiator grille. This so-called Dynamic Shield is emphasized by the bold bright-work flanking the grille on the sides. The illumination units on the front include headlights somewhat similar but significantly less radical than those found in the XR-PHEV and the XR-PHEV II and concepts. The Eclipse Cross also features characteristic auxiliary lamps recessed deep in its front fascia – similar to those on the eX concept.
Interestingly, the rear end of the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross seems nothing like the three previously mentioned concepts -- XR-PHEV, XR-PHEV II and the eX concept. Instead, we are seeing stretched rear lamps (central LED brake lights) highly mounted on the rear window, in addition to the tubular LED units on the rear sides. These rear lamps split the rear window into upper and lower segments.
Meanwhile, the black-and-silver interior of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross features a dashboard shaped through horizontal lines and defined by silver metal frames. It also comes with a new infotainment display and new Head Up Display.
Power for the new Mitsubishi is provided by any of the two available powertrains. These mills include a new 1.5-liter direct-injection turbocharged petrol engine mated to a new CVT unit with eight-speed Sport Mode manual override. Also available is a 2.2-liter common rail direct-injection turbocharged diesel engine mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission. Power is sent to all wheels, as dictated by an electronically controlled 4WD system and helped by the carmaker’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) integrated vehicle dynamics control system.