With SUV segment growing, Mitsubishi decided to expand their offer. Completely new SUV will carry a well-known name of the performance car that was discontinued in 2012, Eclipse. Not to be confused with once successful sports coupe Mitsubishi added Cross in the end. And by the looks of it, 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will directly take on Nissan Rogue (Qashqai in rest of the world) and Honda H-RV. Unless you need third-row seats, Eclipse Cross might be a nice solution due to its attractive design, interior, and turbo engine.
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross – Design
When the design is in question, it is nice refreshment for Mitsubishi. The company used “dynamic shield” grille design with a pair of parallelogram-shaped LED headlights on each side with strip daytime running lights. On front doors, we can see an insert line which broadens in the end. While speaking of the rear end, styling is for us at least, less attractive. It’s no problem that rear lights are highly positioned or anything, it’s the rear light extension. It goes right through the middle of the rear windshield, which certainly reduces visibility in the rear view mirror. Let’s hope that in the future Mitsubishi finds a better solution for funky design.
Other than that, 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross rides on the same platform as Outlander and Outlander Sport. Its wheelbase is 105.1 inches long and overall length is 173.4 inches by which perfectly fits in between Outlander crossovers. But by the words of Mitsubishi executives, next Outlander Sport will shrink a bit, so there will be a respectable gap between these three models when size is in question. For the best comparison, new Eclipse Cross is quite similar in size with Jeep Compass.
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross – Interior
On the inside, design is definitely more modern than other Mitsubishi offerings. The black dashboard is nicely pronounced with two silver strips which start at the bottom of the center console and each one ending on each side of the dashboard. We can also see them besides air vents. On top of it, there is standalone infotainment touchscreen which is accompanied by touchpad controller. The infotainment supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Above the gauge cluster, a Heads-up display is also available but it relies on a piece of glass or even plastic maybe.
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross – Engines
There will be two powertrains options under the hood of 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, both are inline 4-cylinder. While Europeans will get 2.2-liter diesel, the North American market will have solely 1.5-liter. The output numbers are still not available. Mitsubishi said that 1.5-liter one will be more powerful than 2.4-liter one in the Outlander. The engine in the Outlander produces 166 horsepower. So, we can expect a number closer to 200 (but not too close). As for the diesel variant, numbers should be close to 148 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque like in the Outlander. The gasoline engine comes with CVT while diesel is connected to the eight-speed automatic transmission. While FWD is standard, AWD is also available.
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross – Price
The pricing options will be available in the near future. But our estimates are that new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will fit (like as with dimensions) somewhere between current prices of Outlander Sport and Outlander, which are $20.690 and $24.390. Eclipse Cross will debut at 87th Geneva International Motor Show from 9th to 19th March.