Not that long ago the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross was released and no, it is not a two-door coupe. This is in fact their first all new model in quite a few years and it seems it might be the first from a line of many. The new Eclipse Cross is a compact four-door crossover with a funky design, a frugal engine and a great interior. The car is meant to slotted right under the Outlander, so it will likely cost under $22,000 for a base version. This is still quite a bit of money for this type of car. However, so far the Eclipse managed to impress everyone and it might be the kick-start Mitsubishi needed all along.
More details about 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
The car shares its wheelbase with the Outlander Sport and the regular Outlander at 105.1 inches. This is rather interesting but Mitsubishi did say the overlap between the three cars won’t last for long. The smaller Outlander will get a smaller wheelbase while the larger model should become even larger.
This will create some space between the three cars and it should give Mitsubishi a better defined roster. Sharing its platform with the other two models it means that the Eclipse Cross isn’t exactly that much fun to drive. In fact it seems that the entire running gear has been ripped straight from the Sport Outlander. We do hope improvements have been made but Mitsubishi hasn’t confirmed any so far.
Recently, one of the largest problems for Mitsubishi has been the quality of their interiors. The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross seems to have solved most of the problems. There is an all new design inside and everything seems to be well made.
The car’s dashboard is a mix of angular and flowing design, similar to what Lexus has been doing for a while. The infotainment system is mounted high on the dashboard, so the visibility is great. Even though the car sports a touch-screen, Mitsubishi also installed a touch-pad to make it easier to use.
The five seats seem to be well spaced and the front seats seem to offer considerably better bolsters than its two siblings. Depending on what features they decide to add as standard, the Eclipse Cross might be a great car for the money.
The car’s design has also been extensively tweaked in order to not look as dull as before. The front end shares its grille with the other two but the swept-back headlights, the larger splitter and intake make for a considerably more aggressive design.
The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is still quite tall and this is clear from the door’s size. However, the roof is swept back towards the back with an angled rear window. The end result is quite sporty, the only drawback being the wide LED tail light that spans across the entire width of the car.
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Video
Under the hood
For the US market the Eclipse Cross comes with a new engine for them. The usual 2 liter naturally aspirated mill has been replaced by a 1.5 liter turbo-four. The output hasn’t been announced so far but they did announce the car will come with a CVT gearbox as standard. The European model will also receive a 2.2 liter diesel mated to an 8 speed automatic. Considering where its rivals are, we would expect the 1.5 liter engine to offer right around 180 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque. The diesel on the other hand, thanks to its size, might offer just as much power but north of 300 lb-ft of torque. No matter the engine though, as standard the Eclipse will come with front wheel drive and so far it seems all wheel drive might be out of the picture.