Mitsubishi Teases Eclipse Cross Ahead of Geneva Debut

The Qashqai's £18,500 starting price is the one to watch though, and Mitsubishi has a fairly clear target at which to pitch its Eclipse Cross.

Set to add some fresh energy into Mitsubishi's ageing line-up, the Eclipse Cross will slot in between the ASX and Outlander models. But considering Mitsubishi is slandering a name once applied to a series of entertaining, affordable sports coupes and applying it to a soft-roader, we at The Drive declare that we hereby consider the latter name to instead be an homage to smoothtastic yacht rocker Christopher Cross.

The automaker announced Tuesday it has chosen the name "Eclipse Cross" for its new compact sport-utility vehicle that will be debuted at the Geneva International Motor Show next month.

In a short statement, Mitsubishi said: "Eclipse derives its name from the MMC's popular specialty coupe model sold in the USA from 1989, while Cross is short for crossover". The teaser images that have been released so far doesn't really give a full picture of the vehicle, seeing as that it only shows portions of it through a high contrast silhouette layout.

And while the XR-PHEV concept had a daringly creased back end, raked 20 degrees backwards from a right angle, inspecting the Eclipse Cross reveals the angle of the rear lights has increased to 80 degrees - although it remains noticeably off the vertical plane. These produce a sharp and active looking coupe SUV shape that represents MMC's vehicles. The Eclipse Cross features steep rear windows, a sloping roofline at the rear, and a sporty and chiseled front.

However, a report from Auto World News claims that the compact SUV may be coming with both a 1.5-liter four cylinder turbo petrol engine and a 2.2-liter diesel engine.

  • Patricia Jimenez