• New Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Revives Old Nameplate…in a Crossover? [Video]

    Behold, the Mitsubishi Eclipse has been reborn! Wait, it’s a crossover?

    Don’t reload your browser, and don’t adjust your eyes. They aren’t deceiving you – this is the new Mitsubishi Eclipse. “But, wait!” – you may exclaim – “Why is it a crossover?” This isn’t the company’s replacement for its Eclipse sports car of the ’90s and early 2000s. No, this is the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, and it’s a crossover, because of course it is. Crossovers are what’s hot right now, so what better body style for Mitsubishi to use for its first new model in years. This latest offering slots in (by size, at least) below the Outlander and Outlander Sport. What makes this new model tick? Watch the video above with TFL’s Nathan Adlen to find out.

    New Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: Old name, new body

    The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross’ shape features a distinctive wedge shape with a steadily rising beltline from front to back. Once you get around the back, you find the tubular brake light running right across the back of the car. The puffed out rear fenders also give the car a more distinctive presence. Here, the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has Red Diamond metallic paint, a new exterior color for the brand.

    2018 - New Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
    [Photo: Mitsubishi]

    Turbo four-pot is your only engine option; S-AWC 4WD system comes standard

    There’s only one engine that comes in the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. It’s a 1.5-liter, direct injected, turbocharged unit. Horsepower figures stand at 152 at 5,500 RPM, while torque is 184 lbs-ft at 3,500 RPM. That torque is accessible lower down the rev range, as Mitsubishi states maximum torque is achieved at 2,000 RPM.

    That power is routed through a Continuously Variable Transmission and Mitsubishi’s Super-All Wheel Control system, for the best possible handling performance. S-AWC is a system that monitors each component around the four-wheel drive system, including the Active Stability Control, ABS, and the Active Yaw Control. We’ve seen how the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross’ big brother handles Gold Mine Hill, so it will be interesting to see how this performs.

    Updated interior

    One thing that’s held previous Mitsubishis back from being seriously competitive in the market is a woefully outdated interior. However, the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross features an updated interior with features you’d expect in today’s crossovers. There’s a 7-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. There’s a full-color Heads-Up Display which provides all sorts of useful information. The new Eclipse Cross also has a panoramic sunroof with dual panels, the first of which can open up to 17 inches (available on the SEL Touring package).

    Trim levels and pricing

    The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is available in ES, LE, SE and SEL trims. Prices start at $23,295 and rise from there. Each Eclipse Cross carries the brand’s 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty, as well as a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. Sales will begin in March 2018.

    Let us know what you think of the Eclipse Cross in the comments below! Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more L.A. Auto Show content! Subscribe to The Fast Lane Car and TFLnow on YouTube for the latest videos featuring your favorite new models!

     

    Zach Butler
    Zach Butler
    Zach Butler is the Managing Editor for The Fast Lane Car. He spends a fair amount of time defending his use of the Oxford comma, and spends the rest of his time geeking out about the awesomeness of hot hatchbacks.
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    4 thoughts on “New Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Revives Old Nameplate…in a Crossover? [Video]

    1. Good lord the rear looks likes a modernized version of the Pontiac Aztek! Every Mitsu vehicles remind me of Goldorak… Mitsu would be the perfect company to give a (new) chance to Chris Bangle to help with their designs since they have nothing to lose in that department.

    2. I’m glad to see the Pontiac Aztec back just sad to see Mitsubishi use the eclipse name on such a horrible looking vehicle that will no doubt have another Nissan CVT hooked up to it but I guess they’re used to not selling any vehicles and I guess this one will sit on dealer a lot as well.

    3. Below is my post from the Mitsubishi enthusiasts forum. There vehicles were the most cutting edge and amazing in the late 80’s to early 90’s and there fall has become the stuff of legends in the automotive industry.

      Ok, I understand Mitsubishi does not get it, and does want to spend the money to build themselves back up. But every time a new model comes out its more stupid then the last.
      1. First its not a sports car! WTF? Your marquee affordable sports car that you let die on the vine with the Montero by not updating and not being competitive is replaced by another ugly and useless AWD hatch back? Mitsubishi if you sell even 1 I will be astonished.

      2. 150HP? Kids pedal cars put out those numbers, crappy cars put out 180HP, and the last “under powered for the time” Eclipse put out 200HP. So 15 years later when 400HP is the standard you go DOWN in power?

    4. This is all because Nissan bought 35-45 percent of Mitsubishi hint the arrival of cvt to Mitsubishi and Chrysler giving them crap power trains and Mitsubishi caving to all this Mitsubishi was great and the evo,eclipse, awd gsx, and gst, and montero, and a few others help set the standards Mitsubishi please buy back your soul

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