Mitsubishi Teases a New Design for the Eclipse Cross
Well this is an interesting turn of events. When Mitsubishi Motors started discussing the possibility of bringing the Lancer sports car back as a crossover, people weren’t too thrilled. After the “Return of the Mitsubishi Eclipse As a Crossover” debacle, one would think the automaker would listen to the fans of rally cars and not turn another sports car into a crossover, but that’s what they did. Around the same time, Mitsubishi came out with the e-Evolution concept to bring back the Lancer Evolution nameplate. Multiple previews and teasers about the upcoming Lancer Crossover were released over the years, and they all shared the look of the e-Evolution. We started thinking Mitsubishi Motors was teasing the new Lancer, gauging the public’s reaction to the e-Evolution concept, but apparently, that wasn’t the plan. The e-Evolution may just be what the Eclipse Cross was supposed to be in the beginning.
Now isn’t that a familiar tale? Lots of great inventions were finally put together when the technology was finally available, not when the idea or concept was first conceived. The new Eclipse Cross, still a fusion of a compact crossover SUV and coupe-like style, is the e-Evolution we’ve been looking at all this time. Having been in the works for years, possibly since 2017 when the first e-Evolution concept was unveiled with artificial intelligence, Mitsubishi Motors had plenty of time to review what’s possible with the technology today and what the automaker can bring to the table.
“As the new generation of Mitsubishi Motors’ vehicles are revealed, we are excited for the future of the brand as a leader in high-quality, top-value, leading-edge technology…We are committed to our customers and to our dealer partners in North America, and to delivering a completely updated showroom of vehicles. With today’s first look at the redesigned Eclipse Cross, we reveal the first look at our company’s future design language, and the wait for images of the production-level vehicle will absolutely be worth it.” – Yoichi Yokozawa, president and CEO of MMNA
Set to make its great debut, the fully reimagined Eclipse Cross will be showcased sooner than one may think. With the new Eclipse Cross ready to arrive in showrooms across the United States in the first quarter of 2021, it will soon be followed by an extensive list of new and redesigned vehicles in the second quarter of 2021. The Mitsubishi C/D segment vehicle will most likely be amongst them, so be on the lookout for that one. Some new technology will also be added, starting with new powertrains.
Here is the timeline Mitsubishi Motors has set forth. Some time during the first quarter of 2021, we’ll be seeing refreshed versions of the Mirage and Mirage G4 with new, bold styling, and of course, the debut of the new Eclipse Cross. In 2021 Q2, the new Eclipse Cross will start to arrive in showrooms with the highly anticipated all-new next generation Outlander riding alongside it. In 2021, every Mitsubishi vehicle will get an upgrade in safety features, with Forward Collision Mitigation with Pedestrian Detection active safety features standard. Before all of that though, by the end of 2020, we’re also going to see an upgraded internal-combustion powertrain and increased all-electric driving range added to the Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle).
That’s really all we know so far. Mitsubishi Motors revealed a small teaser image (seen above), and that’s really it. Find out more with us when you follow University Mitsubishi on social media.