Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross gets a refresh - and more conventional rump

Daniel Fowler
October 16, 2020

The redesign will help separate the Eclipse Cross from its smaller, better-selling ASX stablemate, and it features sharper, more futuristic design language and a revised interior to compete with newer rivals such as the Volkswagen T-Roc and Mazda CX-30.

From the front and sides, the new Eclipse Cross doesn't seem particularly different.

The new ECLIPSE CROSS gasoline model will first launch in Australia and New Zealand in November, with the PHEV variant available in 2021. The U.S. market, on the other hand, will get the refreshed model in the first quarter of 2021.

MITSUBISHI has officially debuted its updated Eclipse Cross small SUV contender, which is set to touch down in local showrooms next month, with a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant confirmed for an Australian launch next year.

"Besides the contemporary exterior and comfortable and smart interior, Mitsubishi Motors' legendary Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) system ensures that drivers are always in control for their next adventure". Never before has a Mitsubishi vehicle been so design-forward, as ECLIPSE CROSS brings sophistication to the next level.

2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross interior
Eclipse Cross interior

To that end, the front end adopts an evolved version of Mitsubishi's signature Dynamic Shield design concept, meant to express strength and security. A look at the front end reveals new, slimmer headlamps, a modestly updated grille and bumper, and revisions to the daytime running lights.

The new-look Eclipse Cross also gets a redesigned hatch and rear window for improved visibility, integrating with updated tail-lights that again stretch to a point at the top of the glass. The three-dimensional taillamps have been extended upwards and inwards to enhance the Cross's appearance of stability and width. Door trims also coordinate with the auto seat color to feature a high-quality, sporty interior space.

The upgraded 2022 Eclipse Cross is an integral part of said strategy, though in keeping with the outline announced weeks ago it will not debut first on the USA market.

The changes are less apparent inside, but we do see a new 20.3cm touchscreen infotainment system, which is now positioned closer to the driver.

Powering the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is the same 1.5-litre four-pot turbo petrol engine generating 150 PS of maximum power and 250 Nm of peak torque, mated to a CVT automatic transmission with all-wheel drive.

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