Mitsubishi Reveals Eclipse Cross Ahead of Paris Show
Crossover “SUV Coupe” to be Offered Globally
Earlier this month, we shared a teaser of the upcoming Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross “SUV Coupe” that will debut at the 2017 Paris Motor Show in March. Today, Mitsubishi sheds a little more light on the upcoming crossover model, giving us a better look at its new entry into the market. Among a field of look-alike entrants, the Eclipse Cross cuts a rather dashing profile for its class, although we do see an unfortunate resemblance to the late Pontiac Aztek in the rear view. However, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and there will likely be plenty of customers attracted to the Eclipse Cross’ unique looks.
Like many other models in the C-segment crossover class, the Eclipse Cross will be powered by a small-displacement turbocharged gasoline direct-injection (T-GDI) I-4 mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The Eclipse Cross will be equipped with a 1.5L T-GDI I-4 mated to a CVT with eight simulated steps in sport mode. The Eclipse Cross is equipped with Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel-drive system and active yaw control (AYC) system that manages torque and brake force to optimize handling and performance.
The rest of the world will get the option of a 2.2L turbodiesel I-4 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The likelihood of the U.S. market getting this engine is nil. Power and torque specifications for either engine were not announced, although Mitsubishi promises a “brisk” driving experience. Its 173.4-inch overall length and 105.1-inch wheelbase put it on the smaller size of the C-segment crossover class but slightly larger than the Nissan Juke, Mazda CX-3, and Honda HR-V.
Like many other vehicles in this class, the Eclipse Cross is equipped with a display system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There is also an auxiliary touchpad controller on the console to control available functions. The Eclipse Cross will go on sale first in the European market in the fall, followed by Japan, North America, and Australia, with other regions to follow. U.S.-specific specifications and pricing will be revealed closer to its on-sale date.