Mitsubishi Brings Back the Eclipse-Sort Of


No other details on the Eclipse Cross SUV are available to date. The brand is hoping to recapture buyers' interest with the introduction of a fashion-forward crossover.

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation on Wednesday announced it has chosen the name Eclipse Cross for its new compact SUV model to be debuted at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show to be held in Geneva, Switzerland from March 7. The vehicle has been confirmed to be the Eclipse Cross and is expected to directly compete with the Nissan Qashqai as it known in Europe and Rogue Sport in the US.

Mitsubishi acknowledges its earlier use of the Eclipse name on a North American market coupe sold from 1989 until 2011, adding the "Cross" designation seemingly to spare any confusion between the two.

According to Auto Express, the brand new 2017 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SUV still retains some of the design elements of the Eclipse coupe, including its chiseled nose, steep rear window rake, and sloping rear rooflines.

Mitsubishi said Tuesday the new vehicle will be called the Eclipse Cross in nods to the coupe that was sold in the USA market and the new crossover utility segment that is all the rage.

Mitsubishi has used the word Eclipse as a name before, but not previously for an SUV.

Whether the plug-in hybrid drivetrain of the Mitsubishi Outlander will expand to the Eclipse Cross remains to be seen. It'll be unveiled at next month's Geneva Motor Show.