Sunday, 30 April, 2017

Mitsubishi Brings Back the Eclipse-Sort Of

New Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross named and revealed Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross IS the name for Mitsubishi's SUV in the middle
Johanna Francis | 15 February, 2017, 00:58

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has named its all-new SUV "Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross".

Mitsubishi began selling the Eclipse in 1989 and eventually introduced a Spyder variant, both of which were manufactured at its assembly plant in Normal, Ill., the company's only factory in the North America.

While the overwhelming success of the plug-in hybrid Outlander PHEV has been welcome, the Eclipse Cross is expected to provide dealers with a credible rival to mainstream crossovers such as the segment-leading Nissan Qashqai and the recently launched SEAT Ateca.

Mitsubishi Motor Corp. will resurrect the venerable Eclipse name in the new compact crossover it unveils at next month's Geneva auto show, hoping to marshal memories of the popular sporty coupe that helped build the brand's reputation for performance.

The venerable sports coupe nameplate is making a return next model year, but not in the 2-door version we've all come to know and love. The concept's "bridge" rear lights survived the transition from concept to production.

That all might be a bit hyperbolic, but we're going reserve our judgement until the Eclipse Cross makes its official debut in Geneva from March 7 through 19.

A new turbocharged petrol unit and the same diesel found in the latest ASX range are likely to feature with the Eclipse Cross, along with a mixture of front-wheel and four-wheel drive powertrains.

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