Anton Andres / Mitsubishi Motors | February 28, 2017 18:42
Mitsubishi revives Eclipse name with all-new crossover
Following the preview of the Eclipse Cross a few weeks ago, Mitsubishi has just fully revealed their newest addition to their crossover lineup. While no longer the sporty coupe many have known in the late 1980's to the mid 2000's, Mitsubishi says this high-riding Eclipse will offer sharp driving dynamics wrapped in a swooping, coupe-like body.
As expected, the Eclipse Cross features the brand's signature Dynamic Shield front fascia. Basing its exterior from the XR PHEV II concept and eX Crossover concept, the Eclipse Cross gets angular headlights and large foglights which are integrated in the crossover's chiseled bumper corners.
On to its side, a bold beltline and a defined character line complements the bold front fascia. It also gets door-mounted side mirrors, adding in more styling details to the side profile. The roofline meanwhile is steeply raked towards the rear. As for styling highlights at the back, the Eclipse features a forward raked rear window, truncated rear gate and a short overhang.
On board the Eclipse Cross is a double layer dashboard with a sweeping effect at the center console. Like some Mitsubishi products, it too comes with silver highlights on the dash and air-conditioning bezels.
Sitting at the center of the dashboard is a the Smartphone Link Display Audio system. Seen here in top-spec trim, Smartphone Link Display Audio supports Apple CarPlay, as well as Android Auto.These features allow the driver to check for traffic conditions, make and receive calls, access text messages, and listen to music. Access to the infotainment system is done through the Touchpad Controller, located on the center console. Another option available in the Eclipse Cross is a heads-up display unit.
Once the car is launched, it will initially by available with two engines. First is a new 1.5-liter direct-injection turbocharged gas engine. It can be paired with either a six-speed manual or a new CVT with eight-speed Sport Mode. The other engine available is a 2.2-liter common rail direct-injection turbocharged diesel engine. According to Mitsubishi, it is modified specifically for Eclipse Cross and is fitted with a new 8-speed automatic transmission. Mitsubishi has yet to announce the exact power figures for these engines.
Like most cars in its class, it is available with either front wheel drive or all-wheel drive. For its all-wheel drive system, the Eclipse Cross uses an electronically-controlled unit which is then aided by Super All-Wheel Control.