The Mitsubishi Eclipse is back, but not as you know it…
Mitsubishi has revealed details of its all new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Compact – we’ll refer to it as the “Eclipse” from here – SUV ahead of its official debut at the 87th Geneva motor show.
The Eclipse is Mitsubishi’s first SUV coupe, and will join a Mitsubishi range that has evolved into virtually an SUV-only family and it’s the first time the Eclipse name has appeared on anything but a slinky two door coupe that was once the reserve of the American market.
Stylistically, the Eclipse is the most fashionable and daring out of the bunch, too. That swoopy roofline is met with chiselled lines and muscular haunches. There’s a bar of light run across the rear windscreen – we wonder how this’ll impact visibility – along with LED tail lamps.
That body swathes a supposedly equally stylish (no images are available at present) interior which is home to a wealth of techno-gadgetry which includes a touchpad on the centre console, which allows the driver to control the infotainment system, Smart Link Display Audio, which features Apple CarPlay, Google Maps and Google Play and Android Auto, if you’re that way inclined.
There’s also a Head Up Display, which projects information such as road speed, and a wealth of other vehicle information right before the driver’s eyes.
Power is delivered to the road via an electronic all-wheel drive system which predominately drives the front wheels, then distributes power to the rear when necessary. Customers will have a choice between a 1.5 litre direct injection turbo petrol mated to a CVT or a 2.2 litre turbo diesel paired to an eight-speed automatic, the most advanced transmission fitted to any Mitsubishi.
The new Mitsubishi Eclipse will go on sale in Europe late this year, and will be progressively rolled out in other markets across the globe, include Australia.