After a couple of teasers followed by a brochure leak, the 2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is finally here. And as the leaked photos show, the changes are very drastic as compared to the outgoing model. No doubt the refreshed subcompact crossover now looks very much like the rest of Mitsubishi Motor’s current lineup of vehicles.
On the topic of styling, the Eclipse Cross resembles the Xpander the most as compared to the rest of the Mitsubishi’s lineup. Looking at the Eclipse Cross directly from the front, you could easily mistake it for the popular MPV with its version of Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield design.
The easiest way to tell the two apart (aside from looking at it from the side or rear) is the large black grille with a honeycomb design and the projector headlights. The bumper also gets a new bumper guard which gives the Eclipse Cross a more rugged look. No doubt this facelifted Eclipse Cross looks a lot more aggressive than the pre-facelift model.
To match the redesigned front end, Mitsubishi also updated the crossover’s rear. In particular, the tailgate has been restyled, removing the extra glass panel under the spoiler. There’s also more Xpander-inspired design cues here with the shape of the taillights. The rear bumper also gets a bumper guard to match the front end. Depending on the trim, the side skirts and bumper guards are either finished in body color or black – the latter helps gives the Eclipse Cross a tougher look.
Inside, the changes are quite extensive too. The seats are lined with black leather contrasted with silver accents. The same material can also be found on the sidings, giving the Eclipse Cross a more luxurious feel. Meanwhile, front and center is a large 8-inch touchscreen infotainment screen.
Despite the drastic exterior changes, the biggest change in the Eclipse Cross is found under the hood and chassis. Apart from the 1.5-liter turbo engine which will be carried over, the Eclipse Cross will now be available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Called the Eclipse Cross PHEV, it uses a similar system found in the Outlander PHEV – a 2.4-liter MIVEC engine paired with two electric motors.
Mitsubishi did not release any specific details about the Eclipse Cross PHEV such as output, battery size, charging times, electric-only driving range, fuel consumption, and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions just yet. Expect these to be announced at a later date.
For reference, the similar powertrain found in the Outlander PHEV has a combined output of 239 PS and 300 Nm torque. The automaker says that it can also do up to 18.6 kilometers per liter. Meanwhile, it can drive 60 kilometers depending on driving conditions.
Currently, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) is one of the few automakers that does not offer a subcompact crossover in its lineup. Toyota has the Corolla Cross and Honda has the HR-V, but the Eclipse Cross was never offered locally. After seeing what the 2021 Eclipse Cross has to offer, should MMPC bring this crossover in? The PHEV model could be a good competitor for the Corolla Cross Hybrid too.