Can Mitsubishi Win Back Its Mojo With The New Eclipse Cross?

Controversially named after a sports car produced until 2012,  the new Eclipse Cross is Mitsubishi’s new contender in the highly-popular compact crossover segment.

Previewed by the 2015 XR-PHEV study, it’s the brand’s first product launched under Nissan ownership, although the latter had nothing to do with its development.

It slots above the ASX, known as the Outlander Sport in North America, and the Outlander, and it challenges the likes of vehicles such as the Nissan Qashqai/Rogue Sport, with a rather funky styling dominated by the X-shaped front end and split rear window.

Surprisingly, joining the taillights with a light strip that spans across the width of the rear windscreen glass, doesn’t affect visibility that much, as PitStop found in their review. They also note that the interior is quite nice, with quality materials, comfortable front seats, and plenty of room on the adjustable rear seats.

The floating-style infotainment system that can be controlled via a touchpad located near the gear selector, may take a couple of minutes to get used to, but once users figure it out, it turns out to be quite intuitive and easy to navigate through.

Powering the test car is a 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine rated at 163hp, which is mated to a six-speed manual transmission, but buyers have the option of a CVT as well, along with a 2.2-liter turbocharged diesel unit and all-wheel drive in Europe.

The petrol-burner would be enough for most consumers, as it’s quiet at normal revs, but it can become a bit noisy on the highway.

In the U.S., the new Eclipse Cross will go on sale this March with a starting price of $23,295.

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  • Jason Panamera

    Interior is a little bit like baby Lexus NX.

  • Dr Strangefinger

    No.

    Next…

  • Honda NSX-R

    Sales? Maybe, afterall it’s a CUV. Mojo? No.

  • Bo Hanan

    Absolutely NOT!
    Why? “Powering the test car is a 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine rated at 163hp.”
    And its ugly too.

  • LWOAP

    Well all know the answer is no. A CUV with 168hp isn’t getting back any “mojo” the brand once had. Adding a manual transmission won’t change that either. I don’t see a lot of people opting for a manual in this thing either. It’s most likely going to be the CVT.

    • Dennis Scipio

      It’s a Subcompact Crossover, that amount of horsepower for its size is acceptable enough. Not to mention that it has more torque at 184 lb ft. ugh.

      • Bo Hanan

        168HP? Yeah, that’s in the spirit of the original Eclipse, who’s coat-tails Mitsu is trying to ride with this thing. And what’s with the gigantic driving lights/turn signal combo. With a 1.5L-4, load it up with 4 people and their luggage and you’re done.

  • Imjus Sayin

    So will Mitsubishi offer a lineup that would include a 3000GT Cross maybe in the form factor of the BMW X6, a mid size Gallant Cross version and a full size luxury Diamante Cross version?

  • NICE LOW KEY REVIEWER WHO SPEAKS CLEARLY AND ISN’T SO PRETTY/HANDSOME TO BE DISTRACTING. NOW THE CAR ON THE OTHER HAND LOOKS CHEAP INSIDE AND THE OUTSIDE IS VERY BUSY.

    • Nordschleife

      Lol now I want to know what reviewer is pretty/handsome to be distracting in your opinion?

  • Six Thousand Times

    Its not it’s, Gnaticov.

  • Swagger

    Sorry, I just don’t see this vehicle catapulting Dirty Vegas back to number one.

  • Rich Money

    no.

  • Karl

    Pontiac Aztec would be proud of this vehicle..

  • Knotmyrealname

    Honda would like to win back the rear quarter panel from the Jazz first.

  • Miknik

    I think the main problem will be the very limited engine line up, lacking at the lower – ca. 120hp – end for the entry level buyers (most Qashqais, Atecas, Peugeot 3008 etc. sell with entry level engines, that are cheap to insure and tax), and also lacking a proper range topper. It’s also never too good to couple automatic and AWD and expensive trim lines….

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    They forgot a d when naming it.

  • AnaIvanovic

    I saw this at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. The ergonomics and space are piss-poor, especially if you consider that the average American is much bigger than the average Japanese.

  • Gary

    Outlander Sport in America and RVR in Canada.

  • erly5

    In a word, NO!

  • brn

    Terrible review.
    “Because the plastic is on the outside, it’ll be constantly washed, so you won’t have any finger prints on it”
    “this one almost looks bigger than the Outlander”

    Really? Are you a Mitsubishi salesman? What’s your commission?

  • Bash

    No, and I will not forgive them for ruining the name.

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