No more exoticism: Eclipse Cross gets a lighter-looking trunk lid

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In the early 1990s, in the midst of a reopening of imports, the Mitsubishi Eclipse was a footballers’ dream. The sports car attracted a lot of attention for its aggressive lines, retractable headlights and the black roof contrasting with the body.

The sport stopped being manufactured in 2011 and, in 2017, Mitsubishi announced the return of the name Eclipse – but in the form of a crossover to meet the demands of the new times. The model stood out especially for its rear, let’s say … different. The most striking feature was the rear window divided in two by a bar that connected one lantern to the other.

At the front, less chrome, narrower headlights and LEDs Photo: Disclosure

Now, the Japanese brand shows the Eclipse Cross “model 2022” out there. The main visual novelty is that the trunk lid has lost its exotic split glass. The rear has become more conventional and generic. As the glazed area has decreased, one can imagine that the vision behind has been impaired. The lanterns grew towards the center of the lid.

At the front, the main headlights are narrower, while the auxiliary lights also become LEDs. The radiator grille lost chrome bars, making it cleaner and more aggressive, while the lower part of the bumper was divided into three. The multimedia screen grows from 7 “to 8” and goes on top of the dashboard, to Fiat Argo.

The small screen on the dashboard. In the photo, the Japanese version, RHD Photo: Disclosure
The small screen on the dashboard. In the photo, the Japanese version, RHD Photo: Disclosure

The engine hasn’t changed: it’s the 1.5 Mivec Turbo, gasoline, four-cylinder, with direct and indirect injection, intercooler and 165hp. In Japan, Eclipse Cross gets a hybrid version plug-in (where the battery can be charged in the socket), equipped with an electric motor on each axis.

The first countries to receive the retouched model will be Japan, Australia and New Zealand, still in 2020. HPE Automotores, which represents Mitsubishi in Brazil and assembles Eclipse Cross in Catalão (GO), says that there is still no date for the novelty to arrive here. Judging by the company’s latest launches, the most likely is that it will happen even in 2022.

The Eclipse assembled in Brazil will continue with the old rear for a while longer Photo: Disclosure
The Eclipse assembled in Brazil will continue with the old rear for a while longer Photo: Disclosure

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