Mitsubishi has shifted its focus toward crossovers after offering a fairly well-rounded lineup in years past consisting of mainstream and enthusiast-oriented sports cars. This transition to SUVs is most evident following the reveal of the 2018 Eclipse Cross at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show.
Though this model carries the same name as one of the brand's now-deceased iconic sports cars – the Eclipse – it is far from a sports car. This compact crossover will sit right between the Outlander Sport and the larger Outlander, and brings in a slightly sportier design to pay homage to the nameplate it’s carrying. This sportiness is evident in its more coupe-like rear glass, the more rounded nose, the bolder grille, the massive fog lights, and the wide and thin headlights.
The interior is the typical Mitsubishi black-and-silver color scheme with a few gloss-black elements to add a little variation. The seats appear to feature slightly more bolstering than any other Mitsubishi crossovers, and the optional free-standing display and head-up display are nice new additions. Also new is a touchpad on the center console that will act as the interface for the new infotainment system.
The Eclipse Cross’ standard features remain to be seen, but we do know of a handful of available features. These include a 60:40 split-folding rear seat, a Display Audio System with Smartphone Link, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, panoramic sunroof, and voice control.
Under the Eclipse Cross’ hood will be a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that may breathe a little life into the automaker’s crossover lineup. The final output numbers are not available yet, but we expect it to outmuscle the Outlander Sport.
Pairing with this engine will be a continuously variable transmission with an eight-speed Sport Manual mode and an electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system. The latter will work to help improve handling on dry pavement by adjusting the torque and braking to the rear wheels to guide it through turns.
Safety ratings won’t be available for the Eclipse Cross for some time, but given the 2017 Outlander is a 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus, we imagine the Eclipse Cross will be capable of earning similar honors.
Expect a full review closer to launch.
Pricing & Release Date
While the official release date isn’t available yet, we expect to see this sportier people hauler on Mitsu lots sometime in 2018.
Pricing is also a long way away, but we expect the Eclipse Cross to fall somewhere between the Outlander Sport and Outlander, which start from $20,690 and $24,390 (destination fees included), respectively.
Stay tuned for updates as they become available.
Pictured: New Eclipse Cross