All-New 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Is Here To Take On The Qashqai

Mitsubishi have pulled the covers off the all-new Eclipse Cross, ahead of its international premiere at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show next week.

 Coming as the brand’s first-ever SUV since Nissan took over, though the latter had nothing to do with its development, the Eclipse Cross is the production version of the XR-PHEV concept. While the front has a familiar Mitsubishi face, at the other end, the new model comes with what you could call a Toyota C-HR flair, with stretched LED lamps that divide the rear window. Contributing to its sporty stance is a sloped roofline and a more dynamic profile. .

Mitsubishi have yet to release images of the cabin, but say “the horizontal dashboard, silver metal frames and black/silver monotone color scheme create a refined interior that is both dynamic and sporty”. The crossover model gets a head-up display, tablet-like infotainment system, and Smartphone Link Display Audio system with Apple CarPlay support, which can be accessed using the center console-mounted touchpad controller.

Positioned between the ASX (called Outlander Sport in North America) and the bigger seven-seater Outlander, the new Eclipse Cross will go up against the Nissan Qashqai, which is marketed as the Rogue Sport in America and Canada.

Powering the company’s all-new compact SUV is a fresh-off-the-grid 1.5-liter direct-injected turbocharged petrol engine, which works in conjunction with a CVT that has an 8-speed Sport Mode manual override. There is also a 2.2-liter common rail direct-injected turbocharged diesel unit, which is said to have been modified specifically for the Eclipse Cross, and fitted with a new 8-speed automatic gearbox.

The Eclipse Cross comes with an electronically-controlled four-wheel drive system, which feeds the necessary amount of torque to the rear wheels, depending on each situation and road surface. Moreover, the integrated Super All-Wheel Control vehicle dynamics system incorporates the Active Yaw Control, which uses steering angle, yaw rate, drive torque, brake force and wheel speed info to determine the driver operation and car behavior, managing the torque feed and brake force at the rear axle to “behave as the driver intends”.

As a final touch, the Eclipse Cross has increased body rigidity courtesy of a 3-point strut tower brace at the front and structural bonding at the rear, which ensure improved handling and overall stability.

The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will go on sale in Europe this fall, before rolling out in Japan, North America, Australia and other regions, with pricing and specification to be announced close to that date.


  • Bash

    what does YAW means?

    • Christian

      DUH, active differential to transfer torque to the wheels … Nah, I just looked it up. 😛

    • pureworx

      YAW in land vehicles refers to the rotation on the Z axis.. imagine the Z axis point going from the centre vehicle straight up through the roof and down through the floor… the yaw would be the rotation on this axis.. (angles of oversteer might be an applicable example).

    • smartacus

      Yaw just means rotation on its vertical axis.
      Like when you’re in a Cessna and you kick the rudder pedals, the whole plane will yaw left and right as if it were on a big shish kebab stick

  • Christian

    I always wanted a Pontiac Aztek for Europe

    • Benjamin B.

      Unfair. To be honest the Eclipse Cross doesn’t look too bad. That being said, it sounds awful to drive…and to use a nameplate once used on a sports coupe on a new crossover. Terrible decision.

      • Christian

        Same thing did they to the Space Star. It used to be a compact MPV, now it’s a mini-car for the B-Segment.

    • fabri99

      I don’t. I like Europe. I want us to be happy.

    • Andrew Ngo

      Aztek is the first thing that came to my mind when i first looked at it. Sad (borrowed from Trump)

  • WG

    Those lights look better in concept. Looking from the rear quarter angle, it looks like the car is sliced in half at its shoulder line and glued back together unfittingly.

  • Mr_Fanta_Pants

    It all looks ok until you get to the rear end and just want to vomit

  • pureworx

    not sure that back end works will.. i like the front

  • GreenApple18r

    When I first saw these front-quarter view pics, I thought maybe I want this car. Then I scrolled down to see its Aztek rear and… yeah.

    • Benjamin B.

      I don’t see anything Aztek. It looks pretty good to me actually, but it sounds awful to drive. Reusing the legendary eclipse nameplate is an awful decision.

  • ediotsavant

    Mitsubishi, not Eclipse. eXclipse!

  • O123

    Looks ok, the issue for Mitsu is to quickly refresh the whole lineup. Not being out a new car when Thisbe one is near the be graveyard.

  • fabri99

    Carlos Ghosn has some work to do…

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Not a great first impression guys.

    And as far as I’m concerned, this is the Mitsubishi Cross.

  • TheHake

    Meh… I don’t think they pulled this one off. The Toyota C-HR is MUCH better looking.

  • Knotmyrealname

    Oh Lord…. my eyes…

  • Althea Later

    A Ford Taurus, a Volvo, a Prius, a Mitsubishi… what else is in there?

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  • Fred

    Who wants to join in for a class action against Mitsubishi?!? I’ve thrown up all my lunch on my keyboard after viewing the photos and I can’t work anymore.

    • pureworx

      but you could still type this comment? do you like typing on vomit covered keyboards? or just like to exaggerate about the affects the image has on you?

      • Fred

        Hey Siri! buuuuurps!

  • Nordschleife

    Yeah…………NO. I had a lot of hope that their production model would carry over practically unchanged (ah la Evoque) from the concept but this is not what I thought this would be.

  • Dennis Scipio

    Oh, definitely reminds me of the Outlander with it’s front face upon it’s okay?… It does not look like a pontiac aztek., what you guys talking about

  • OdysseyTag

    Honda did the whole rear taillight/spoiler hybrid thing better in the previous gen Civic Hatch.

  • smartacus

    Will this cannibalize sales from the “Sportlander” (Outlander Sport)

  • Rich Money

    holy shit it is so ugly

  • kDawg

    Grand open and grand closing all in the same day.

  • sean tooher

    NOPE !!!! not if they gave it away ….

  • Karl

    Long the Pontiac Aztec I suppose! Kill it with fire please…

  • SteersUright

    Wow Mitsubishi, way to make another craptastic “new” vehicle that offer nothing more innovative than is already out there and is named after an actual cool affordable sports coupe you once made. But what this has anything to do with what everyone knows as the Mitsubishi Eclipse beyond the name is confusing. Would love to see Mitsubishi stage an actual comeback with great cars again but crap like this is not going to do it.

  • Matthew R. Mitchell

    Pos compared to the real deal 1990-1999.. no wonder Chrysler pulled out, these guys are idiots.. it’s a sports car, we’ll we thought I guess now it’s a grocery getter.. another legacy of history truly gone!!