The 87th Geneva International Motor Show was quite an event for automakers from all around the world. From vehicle upgrades to out-of-this-world concepts, all attempted to make headlines. Mitsubishi succeeded with the introduction of the new 2018 Eclipse Cross crossover SUV.
Mitsubishi enthusiasts are familiar with the Eclipse nameplate, as it had been one of the brand’s flagship vehicles since 1989. Unfortunately, the Eclipse saw its demise at the end of 2011, with outcries from many fans. The new compact SUV from Mitsubishi, the Eclipse Cross, draws inspiration from the classic coupe with a modern feel for today’s drivers.
The sporty SUV features bold, athletic exterior lines that sweep across the front end, where the Eclipse Cross hosts LED lighting and the signature Mitsubishi emblem. The designers of the vehicle included a Dynamic Shield front end design that protects both the passengers and the vehicle itself. To align with the vehicle’s solar name, it was presented at Geneva in a highly saturated red paint, layered with clear coating for a lustrous shine.
Two powertrains will be offered under the hood of the Eclipse Cross, including a turbocharged 1.5-liter direct injection 4-cylinder engine mated to a new CVT with 8-speed Sport Mode manual override. The other option is a 2.2-liter common rail direct-injection turbocharged diesel engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. According to Mitsubishi, power for the Eclipse Cross should be higher than the current Outlander, which pumps out 166 horsepower with its 2.4-liter engine. Additionally, the electronically-controlled 4WD system will pair well with the turbocharged engine options to produce the optimal amount of torque needed for the rear wheels to adjust to a variety of driving conditions.
Inside, the Eclipse Cross features luxuries like a Smartphone Link Display Audio system, a Touchpad Controller and a Head-up Display that allows drivers to stay focused on the road while acquiring information. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are supported by the Smartphone Link Display Audio system, so drivers of the new Eclipse Cross can have access to all of their favorite apps and music as well.
Pricing has yet to be announced for the Eclipse Cross, but it should be making its way to dealerships in early 2018, so keep an eye out for more details as they become available.
This article is presented by Gossett Mitsubishi.