After a few teasers and leaked images Mitsubishi finally revealed the new Eclipse Cross. The novelty will have sales started first in Australia and New Zealand, where it will start selling by the end of the year. Europe and USA will receive the car in the first half of 2021. In Brazil, the SUV has been made in Catalão by HPE Automóveis since 2018, so the changes may take longer to reach our market.
As previously anticipated, the look is the big change from the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. The SUV has undergone a deeper restyling. Although the front has received less rework, it shows a redesigned grille and new headlight housings, mounted on the front bumper. The result is closer to the brand’s recent models, such as the Pajero Sport and the new L200.
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The most important change was for the back of Eclipse Cross. The old arrangement of the taillights, with a ruler that divided the rear window, has caused controversy since the launch and was left aside. Mitsubishi has now opted for a much more conventional set, with the rear optical blocks more vertical, in the shape of an L and taking a part of the trunk lid.
Inside, the cabin received a new, more improved finish mixing black and silver tones. The layout of the controls has been slightly altered and the new 8-inch multimedia center screen has been repositioned to make it more accessible to occupants in the front seat. Contrary to the latest trends, physical command buttons were maintained, instead of concentrating functions on the screen.
In terms of engine, the current 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine will be maintained. It will deliver 165 horsepower and 25.5 kgfm of torque. The automatic transmission of continuously variable ratios (CVT) with eight-speed simulation will also remain. In some markets, the new Eclipse Cross will gain a pluggable hybrid version, but Mitsubishi has not provided further details in this regard.
Wanted by Car, Mitsubishi representatives in Brazil reported that the new Eclipse Cross is not expected to debut in Brazil yet.