Mitsubishi Cross Eclipse is the Last In-House Vehicle We’ll See
Last week, the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross finally made it to the states during the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. We’ve known about it since its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, and the vehicle was quickly added to the Mitsubishi Motors lineup. Back when we first learned about it, the Eclipse Cross was said to be designed and constructed completely in-house. Now that Mitsubishi is moving forward with their Nissan-Renault Alliance, the Eclipse Cross may actually be the last in-house vehicle that comes from Mitsubishi Motors.
It makes sense. With the kind of resources available to Mitsubishi for global expansion, and the recent contract between Mitsubishi and Immersion Corp, there’s a lot on the table to make use of moving forward. Not just that, but the focus has shifted towards crossovers for Mitsubishi Motors, and they even have eleven new models planned for Mitsubishi in the coming years. Several of those are already hinting at cross-brand platforms for the return of the Mitsubishi Raider truck, an autonomous Mitsubishi vehicle, and a Mitsubishi electric hybrid.
Mitsubishi Motors isn’t just getting a pick me up from Nissan-Renault however. Word is, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, now in its 2018 model-year and available in the states, has had amazing success overseas. With that in mind, Nissan-Renault actually plans to make use of the Outlander PHEV powertrain for future plug-in hybrid vehicle concepts. Meaning, although Nissan-Renault bought Mitsubishi Motors out of bankruptcy back in 2016, Mitsubishi will actually be the backbone of the next generation of alternative fuel vehicles we will see from Nissan-Renault. That’s a big deal when you think about it.
The alliance between the three brands is starting to move forward and the synergy between them is growing fast. Future vehicles may not be solely made up of Mitsubishi parts, but that just means they’ll get the strongest components of each. We’ll see how it all works out in the next Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sport, pushed back to 2019 and 2020, respectively.
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