For all of those who haven’t given up on Mitsubishi just yet, the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross sounds very promising. It’s the Japanese car company’s brand new sports utility vehicle set to premiere at this year’s Geneva Auto Show. Even though the company hasn’t put out any noteworthy and genuinely sporty new models, for which they became famous for in the first place, in quite a while, this new SUV model could be just sporty enough to spark your interest.
If the Eclipse name sounds familiar, that is because it has been used before. Four generations of a Mitsubishi sports car that ran from 1990 until 2012 bore that exact name. It was even used in the first instalment of “The Fast and the Furious” where Paul Walker drove it in the first ever drag race of the movie. But now, 16 years later, the Eclipse is coming back and even though some Fast and the Furious fans might be disappointed it is being turned into an SUV, we are certainly excited to see what is in store for it.
What we know so far?
Not much is known about the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross at this moment. That is why we are so vigorously looking forward to the next month’s Geneva auto show where we will undoubtedly find out all the necessary details about this new model. What we do know is that this new SUV will bear the Eclipse Cross nameplate and it will take the place between the mid-size Outlander and compact Outlander Sport models in the Mitsubishi lineup.
The precursor for his new Eclipse Cross have been the series of XR-PHEV concept cars, that may give us a little insight into the design aspect of this new SUV. This also leads us to believe that the Eclipse Cross will feature an almost coupe-like profile. Furthermore, it has been confirmed that the Eclipse name will be used on the European market as well as the North American Market.
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Release Date and Price
The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will make its grand debut at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show which starts Mach 7th. After its preview, it will most likely take the Eclipse Cross a while before it makes it way to a showroom near you. We expect to see it by the first quarter of 2018 model year. As for the price, 20,000 – $25,000 sounds about right, but we will have to wait until the Geneva auto show to get the official information.
Motorauthority has obtained some exclusive new spy shots of the Eclipse Cross testing for the very first time. And by the looks of it, this new production version will mirror its prototype predecessor, like we initially thought. Take a look for yourself:
The official images for the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross are out and they pretty much confirm what we have been saying all along, which is that the new Eclipse is heavily influenced by the XR-PHEV II concept. We see similarities in the forward raked back window, streaming roofline and shortened rear gate that all give the new Cross a commanding new look. Aside from these changes, all the signature Eclipse features return. Everything from the shield grille to the thin headlights and auxiliary lamps is present.
See them below, sourced from: carbuzz.com