New Japanese SUV will sit between the ASX and Outlander; its coupé-like design is inspired by the XR-PHEV concept
Jim Holder
24 January 2017

Mitsubishi has confirmed its new Nissan Qashqai rival will be called the Eclipse Cross.

New Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross revealed

It will be revealed at the Geneva motor show as part of the brand's push to capitalise on its sales growth by offering a full range of SUVs.

The new crossover will be larger than the ASX and sit below the Outlander in Mitsubishi’s range.

The name is a nod to the Mitsubishi Eclipse sports car which was sold mainly in North America between 1989 and 2012.

The new preview images show that the model has some resemblance to the Outlander, but its more angular rear with a coupé-like roofline and slimming glassline are less conventional for a Mitsubishi SUV.

In the past, the firm has erred towards traditional boxy designs, but in 2014 it hired Tsunehiro Kunimoto, who spent 40 years at Nissan, where he worked on, among others, the Juke.

“Design is increasingly at the forefront of Mitsubishi’s planning,” said a source. “It will take time for the changes to come through, and we will always have a certain utilitarian quality, but Land Rover has proved you can be both rugged and stylish, and we intend to follow that path.”

The best clues to the car’s styling are said to come from the XR-PHEV concept car, first seen in 2013 but subsequently evolved and displayed at the 2015 Geneva show.

Measuring 4.49m long, 1.89m wide and 1.62m high, the concept incorporated a large central grille that is expected to become the face of all the firm’s SUVs.

The concept was two-wheel drive and powered by an unspecified plug-in hybrid powertrain that produced 160bhp and emitted 40g/km of CO2. However, the new SUV is unlikely to be sold with a hybrid powertrain for cost reasons. Instead, the line-up is likely to feature a new turbocharged petrol engine alongside the diesel engines currently found in the ASX range, with manual, CVT and eight-speed automatic transmissions and all-wheel-drive variants available.

A replacement for the Outlander, including the plug-in model, is expected in 2020, while a more direct Juke rival, smaller than the ASX, is tipped for a 2019 launch. It's not clear when the ageing Mitsubishi Shogun will be replaced, although reports suggest an equally rugged new model has long been under development.

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Comments
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3 January 2017
Hopefully this will bank roll an all new Evo. Mitsubishi really do need a halo product. Their brand currently is totally forgettable.

3 January 2017
The front is a mess, looks like they've grafted a Ford grille on their Outlander.

3 January 2017
With next to zero rearward vision is it even worth having a rear facing mirror?

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

3 January 2017
Looks cool at a car show but in this concept the poor old kids in a family focussed SUV will hardly have any vision and feel sick on car journeys! I'll stick with my new Tiguan 240 thanks!

 

 

 

3 January 2017
Going to take a lot of work to progress from the ASX. The ASX looks OK but it drives really wooden, like a typical VW but with 10x the road and engine noise and nasty plastic.

4 January 2017
Design is at the forefront, it has been before with the fto, eclipse etc, I know they aren't suv' s but they were stylish looking cars, along with the gto/3000, nowadays it's all bland and forgettable, shame really.

24 January 2017
Is there a gap in the Mitsubishi range between the ASX & Outlander? can't say I can see it and the introduction of this will more likely take sales from the existing models rather than bring new punters through the front door.

14 February 2017
There is no need to add - "Cross."

14 February 2017
I wouldn't expect the name to have much value outside of the States and it was an entirely different kind of vehicle than this altogether. It would be like Ford coming out with a Juke rival called the Capri Cross. It makes no sense. The people who want the Eclipse back will be disappointed and those who want an SUV and know anything about cars may avoid this thinking it is too small to be of any utility. Did Mitsubishi fire their marketing department?

14 February 2017
I wonder if this new name is directly translated from Japanese, where it might scan just fine. In English it's clunky and just doesn't work. Expect a quiet dropping of the 'Cross' bit after 1 months.


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