Introducing the first all-new vehicle from the brand in several years, the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross crossover SUV made its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
With a 106-inch wheelbase and overall length of 173-inches it is just slightly larger than our Outlander Sport and will join the lineup between it and the larger Outlander rather than being a replacement for any existing model.
The name Eclipse Cross is derived from Mitsubishi’s previous Eclipse coupe because that’s what their calling this all-new compact SUV, a coupe. Thus it will be a more premium placement in the brand’s lineup.
And it looks the part by comparison with a sharply pronounced wedge shape and the most aggressive interpretation we’ve seen yet of the Dynamic Shield front styling. It’s bold and brash and has lots of chrome around its jeweled headlamps.
The side profile is sharp and edgy with deep creases along the mid section. The rear features a raked roofline to back up its coupe nomenclature, wrapped tightly with a band of LED tail lights that wrap around the rear hatch continuously with the center brake light meeting them in the center between a split glass.
The interior too brings rakish and sporting design with a flowing center console and distinctive high mounted infotainment screen that uses a console mounted touchpad as its primary interface.
Called the Smartphone Link Display Audio system, it will offer a full array of features from audio to navigation and of course Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.
An available head-up display joins a TFT screen in the instrument cluster to display multiple information sets to the driver. A panoramic glass roof will be available and the rear seats will slide and recline in addition to folding flat in a 60/40 split.
Depending on trim grade the Eclipse Cross will be available with either a patterned cloth for seating surfaces or leather trim with accent stitching. High quality soft touch trims line the major touch points throughout the interior regardless of trim grade however.
Powering the Eclipse Cross in North America will be an all-new 1.5-liter direct-injected turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) that features an 8-speed Sport Mode manual shift feel program.
There’s also an electronically-controlled all-wheel drive system that can vector torque side to side with the brake system and stability control package we’ve come to know as S-AWC.
The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross launches in Europe this fall and will make it to North America late this year or early in 2018. Pricing and final specs will be announced closer to that time.