Look At This Rendering of the New Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
When the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross was first announced, it got a lot of push back from consumers who were fans of the original Eclipse sports car. After the last Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution was auctioned off on eBay following its discontinuation, many fans of the original Mitsubishi rally cars were amiss. So, one can understand the backlash when another favorite vehicle known for racing was brought back as a crossover. The electric Lancer Evolution SUV concept is also seeing some of the heat, but we’re not sure when we’ll see a new Lancer. We do know when we’ll see a new Eclipse Cross though, with the latest renders thanks to some spy shots.
Render of the Eclipse
It wasn’t too long ago that we got news of the new facelift coming to the crossover. Most of what we can see in spy shots, like those circling the internet, isn’t a whole lot. It is, however, enough to give graphic design and 3D artists enough to spark the imagination and get the creative juices flowing. Kolesa.ru’s Nikita Chuyko managed to produce a pretty accurate-looking render of the updated Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross based on what we can see. When it comes to camouflage, you can’t be too certain, but the image above is a nice look at some of the styling changes coming to the next Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.
Starting with the front fascia, the Eclipse Cross rendering and the look at the front with camouflage both suggest much sleeker headlights with a new front grille. The render pushes the envelope a bit – although the two slits in the camouflage seems to be sporting the original two bars, the render artist placed three bars instead of two in contrast with the original model design, and honestly, it does look better in the render. There also some touches to the rear fascia that we particularly like – it’s nice when a company listens to consumers, and although that mid-window spoiler may have looked cool, it did nothing but hinder driver rear visibility. In the render and the camouflaged vehicle, it seems the rear window split is no more for a cleaner, more traditional design that will improve rear visibility, the rear spoiler is instead more prominent at the top of the rear.
Aside from the details on the new Eclipse Cross design, we’re waiting to see what proves to be true. Until then, overseas, Mitsubishi is getting a new van added to its product line. What will become a Mitsubishi-branded van is the Renault Trafic. The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance was always supposed to share platforms and rebadge vehicles under other names within the Alliance, regardless of the fact that they’re also remaining in competition with each other.
According to Paris-Normandie, a regional newspaper, production of Mitsubishi vans will start this year. Other reports claim that the van will start to appear in showrooms in Southeast Asia and Australia in the middle of 2020. Could this be good news? If the Mitsubishi Motors lineup is expanding overseas, then it may be a testing round to see how well Mitsubishi can do in the market when it’s not producing SUVs. If the van does well, the automaker may take a chance on sending its truck to the states.
We’re still waiting on the new Mitsubishi Triton pickup truck, but at least this is some good news. Follow along with us on University Mitsubishi social media.