Mitsubishi Brings Back the Eclipse-Sort Of

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Mitsubishi Brings Back the Eclipse-Sort Of

The Mitsubishi Eclipse is back, only this time around it's an SUV and has a "Cross" attached to its name.

Mitsubishi have officially announced that their new Geneva-bound compact SUV will indeed utilize the Eclipse name.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 7 sporting a deep gloss red metallic finish which has specially developed for the new model.

The Eclipse Cross will be on sale in Europe in the third quarter.

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Mitsubishi has released the first teaser photos of the auto, and its name, which revives a title last used in 2012 - the Eclipse was a two-door coupe sold only in north America.

The new compact SUV will be added to MMC's crossover SUV line-up which now comprises the ASX compact SUV, and the Outlander and Outlander PHEV midsize SUVs. But considering Mitsubishi is slandering a name once applied to a series of entertaining, affordable sports coupes and applying it to a soft-roader, we at The Drive declare that we hereby consider the latter name to instead be an homage to smoothtastic yacht rocker Christopher Cross.

Unfortunately, none of the promotional materials that have been released for the 2017 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SUV have revealed its technical specs. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine will be under the hood, making more power and torque than the current 2.4-liter four-cylinder installed in the Outlander Sport (that engine makes 166 to 168 horsepower and 162 to 167 lb-ft of torque).

With the two new teaser photos of the Eclipse Cross Mitsubishi has sent us (above and below) we can see an urban SUV looking like a sharper take on the Outlander, but with a coupe roof and an overall less boxy look than we're used to from the conservative Mitsubishi. It'll be unveiled at next month's Geneva Motor Show.

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