Mitsubishi Teases Eclipse Cross Ahead of Geneva Debut
Could New Crossover Be First to Share Nissan DNA?
Mitsubishi is a brand that has seen a lot of ups and downs in its history, going from making objects of enthusiasts’ desire, such as the Lancer Evolution, 3000 GT, and Eclipse GSX, to producing dated, anonymous fleet fodder such as the late Galant midsize sedan and competent, but unremarkable, Outlander and Outlander Sport SUVs. The brand is hoping to recapture buyers’ interest with the introduction of a fashion-forward crossover. Hoping to capitalize on consumers’ fond memories of their salad days, it’s reviving the Eclipse moniker, this time applied to a crossover, with the name “Eclipse Cross.” The new crossover will officially debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
Specific details of the new crossover are scarce, other than a teaser photo showing what appears to be a C-segment crossover with a somewhat rakish profile, showing influences from Lexus, Volvo, and Honda. In terms of mechanicals, it’s possible the Eclipse Cross could be Mitsubishi’s first production model to share some Nissan DNA following Renault Nissan’s takeover of the auto brand in October. The Nissan Rogue is one of the best-selling crossovers in the U.S. market. The recently introduced Rogue Sport, sold in overseas markets as the Qashqai, offers buyers a more affordable, sportier variant of the crossover and could serve as the basis of the Eclipse Cross.