Mitsubishi has exposed the all new Eclipse Cross SUV ahead of its public debut at the upcoming Geneva motor show 2017. The all-wheel drive SUV has coupé like styling inspired by the XR-PHEV model of 2015 and will sit between the ASX and the Outlander models in Mitsubishi’s global line-up. This means the Eclipse Cross will rival cars such as the Seat Ateca and Nissan Qashqai. Although the plug in hybrid Outlander PHEV has been a success, Mitsubishi has been left behind in the SUV boom with cars such as the Qashqai far outselling its offerings. Mitsubishi now has a new boss in Carlos Ghosn after he left Nissan to take the helm, so a wave of new models is predictable, but in the short-term, the Eclipse Cross will do much to increase the sales in a growing market before the Japanese manufacturer’s future plans are revealed. Visually, the Eclipse Cross gets the same Dynamic Shield front end design as the ASX and the Outlander, plus a new red exterior shade. Inside, the Eclipse Cross gets a tablet like infotainment system with a Smartphone Link Display Audio system that supports Android Auto and Apple Car Play smartphone mirroring apps. It also gets a head-up display and touchpad controller. Future plans for the company include a replacement for the Outlander and the Outlander PHEV, which is estimated in 2020, while a more direct Juke rival, smaller than the ASX, is also under progress.
The rear design is also unmistakably “Eclipse Cross,” but we find the windscreen-splitting rear light bar a little messy and cannot see how it will be anything but irritating during driving. A spoiler up top adds to the model’s sportiness. Mitsubishi will offer a 1.5 liter direct fuel injection turbo petrol engine with CVT and a 2.2 liter turbo diesel with eight speed automatic gear transmission. The Super All-Wheel Control dynamics control system and automatically controlled all-wheel drive will help to keep the Cross gripping the road and maneuvering as the driver intends. Mitsubishi promises that physical rigidity and suspension optimization add to the SUV’s stability and handling. Inside, the rear seats feature a 60:40 folding split and rely on a slide and recline function to offer plenty of leg and headroom under the fast-sloping roof above