The new Eclipse Cross will compete in the hotly-contested C-SUV segment, against rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai and Renault Kadjar. It fits into the Mitsubishi range between the smaller ASX and larger Outlander models, and is expected to arrive on UK roads in early 2018.
The design continues the themes started by the successful Outlander SUV, but with a more pronounced coupe-style silhouette. The wedge profile and short overhangs are also strongly reminiscent of the Range Rover Evoque and Toyota C-HR compact SUVs, suggesting that Mitsubishi is prioritising style over practicality.
On-road handling is also likely to be more of a feature than off-road ability. Body rigidity has been emphasised with a three-point brace on the front strut towers and additional structural bonding at the rear to allow the suspension to deliver more precise handling and better stability.
Interior photos have not yet been released, but Mitsubishi has described the cabin as “futuristic”, dominated by horizontal lines and a black and silver colour scheme. A large touchscreen infotainment system and head-up display replace traditional buttons and dials. The car will support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for communication and navigation functions.
Mitsubishi has also developed a new red paint colour, which will make its debut on the Eclipse Cross when it is presented in Geneva. The standard red coating is layered with a semi-transparent red and clear coating to create high levels of colour saturation, which gives off a deeper and more three-dimensional finish.
Two powertrains have been confirmed for the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross – a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine connected to a new eight-speed CVT gearbox, and a 2.2-litre turbo diesel paired with a conventional eight-speed torque converter automatic.
Both units will drive all four wheels using an electronically-controlled 4WD system, which is predominantly front-wheel drive but can send torque to the rear wheels when wheelspin is detected. This is integrated with the car’s stability control and an active yaw control system, which manages drive between the rear wheels to help maintain control.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will make its world premiere at the 2017 Geneva motor show and go on sale in the UK in early 2018. Full UK pricing and specifications are not expected to be announced until towards the end of this year.