Now I know what your thinking, isn’t the Mitsubishi Eclipse the V6 coupe from the early 2000’s? Yes, you are correct however that was retired back then, unfortunately. Now the nameplate is back, this time latching itself to the back of an SUV known as the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.
With the Nissan Qashqai as it’s primary target, the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse draws heavy inspiration to the XR-PHEV concept that debuted around the same time as last year. While there are minor changes to make it all street legal, the Japanese’s signature Dynamic Shield front grille and front end.
Mitsubishi has confirmed two powerplants for the upcoming model. Petrol owners receive a 1.5-litre direct injected turbocharged motor mated to a CVT box with an 8-speed manual mode. Those opting for a diesel engine, benefit from a 2.2-litre turbodiesel paired with an 8-speed auto box.
Now with all the cosmetic and engine information out of the way, Mitsubishi have implemented a wide range of advanced technologies underneath the skin of the vehicle to ensure it outshines its rivals. Electronically-controlled four wheel drive system and Active Yaw Control borrowed from the Lancer Evolution to name a few.
European sales of the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse start later this year with other markets including the GCC, North America, Japan and Australia to follow shortly afterwards. No prices have been stated as of writing.