Published: Wed, February 15, 2017
Tech | By Arthur Brown

Mitsubishi Slaughters Historic Name for New SUV: Eclipse Cross

Mitsubishi Slaughters Historic Name for New SUV: Eclipse Cross

The Eclipse Cross will be part of a trio of new crossovers that the automaker plans to bring to markets worldwide, focusing on that hot segment instead of its more familiar coupes, sedans and light trucks.

It will line up alongside the Mitsubishi ASX and Mitsubishi Outlander to broaden the brand's model range and introduce a whole new audience to Mitsubishi Motors, taking on crossover giants like the Nissan Qashqai. The XR-PHEV came with a plug-in hybrid powertrain but it's believed that the Eclipse Cross will only use conventional petrol and diesel engines for cost reasons.

Today, Mitsubishi announced that its next model will be called the Eclipse Cross, acknowledging the defunct sport compact beloved by enthusiasts and teenage girls alike while simultaneously spitting on its memory. The concept's double glass rear windscreen looks to have survived relatively intact, too.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse is back, only this time around it's an SUV and has a "Cross" attached to its name. The new auto is built around a shortened version of the Outlander architecture.

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The Mitsubishi Eclipse is dead; long live the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

As aforementioned, the new SUV will debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 7, 2017.

In showrooms the Eclipse Cross will sit between the ASX and Outlander models, both of which have recently undergone mild facelifts.

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