What is it?
What you’re looking at is almost certainly the final car to be designed, engineered and assembled in-house by Mitsubishi. But before you panic, know that the company behind a dozen Dakar victories is not folding. Rather, it was recently subsumed into the Renault-Nissan alliance, so we can expect platform and powertrain sharing galore from now on.
The Eclipse Cross is significant for another reason. Slotting into the void between the capable but forgettable ASX crossover and the full-sized Outlander, whose architecture it shares, it finally plugs a potentially very lucrative mid-sized-crossover hole in its maker’s line-up. Prices start aggressively low, at a shade over £21,000 (rising to just under £28,000) and that’s important because a four-and-a-half-metre footprint and moderately raised ride height mean this car’s rivals are numerous.
Part of Mitsubishi’s attack plan has been to deploy the sharply detailed design elements of its motorshow concepts. The chromed tusks of the front bumper are a bit chintzy but the Eclipse Cross is handsome in the metal, and when the designers say they wanted the car to seem as though it had been carved from a single block of aluminium, you’ll know what they meant. The rear glass is also split in the manner of a Toyota Prius, providing not only the opportunity for Mitsubishi to install a light bar across its width, but also good visibility.