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    New Mitsubishi Eclipse returning in 2018. It's not what you think.

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    This is the next new addition to Mitsubishi's line up: the 2018 "Eclipse Cross."

    It's supposed to slot between the Outlander and the Outlander Sport (a.k.a. RVR in Canada & some other countries).

    Hopefully, some of the people who would have bought Lancers will buy one of these, because production of that car ends in August this year. That means the Mirage G4 will be the only Mitsu sedan available. Talk about holes in your product portfolio!

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    Company press release:

    February 28, 2017

    CYPRESS, Calif., – Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) is to debut its new Eclipse Cross compact SUV to the world at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show*1 to be held in Geneva from March 7 through March 19. The Eclipse Cross is a globally strategic model that will be shipped first to Europe in the fall this year, and then rolled out in Japan, North America, Australia and other regions.

    The Eclipse Cross all-new compact SUV coupe will join MMC's global lineup of crossover SUVs: the ASX*2 compact SUV and the Outlander and Outlander PHEV mid-size SUVs.

    The Eclipse Cross is a fusion of sharp coupe looks and dynamic SUV mobility with signature Mitsubishi styling and performance.

    Other distinguishing features are its design that motivates the driver to get out and go, connectivity that inspires new fun adventures, and all-wheel control technology which delivers an enjoyable, reassuring feel that elevates the driving experience.

    *1: Le 87e Salon international de l'automobile Genève, with Press Days from March 7 through 8 and General Public days from March 9 through March 19. MMC will hold its Press Conference at 11:15 am on March 7 at the MMC booth in Hall 2.
    *2: RVR in Japan/Outlander Sport in the U.S. and some other markets

    Eclipse Cross:
    Product Overview

    1. Characteristic Dynamic Design

    The distinctly sharp and dynamic Mitsubishi SUV coupe form is distinguished by: its wedge profile with distinctive beltline and strong character line; a forward raked rear window; the sharply cut off rear gate and short overhang; and beefy fenders projecting the image of a powerful athlete.

    MMC's DYNAMIC SHIELD front design concept refers to the protective shield shape visually formed by the black central area represented by a black radiator grille that symbolizes the performance of the car. The black area is embraced from three directions – from the left, right, and bottom. DYNAMIC SHIELD emphasizes the front end's functionalities aimed at protecting both people and the car itself.

    The "Dynamic and Characteristic" rear design is distinguished by the almost cubist styling created around the high-mounted, stretched rear lamps and by how it horizontally divides the forward-rake rear window into two. When illuminated, the tubular LED brake lights and the central LED hi-mount stop light form a single bar of light running across the tail, giving Eclipse Cross a broad and stable appearance from the rear.

    A new red body color joins the palette. The standard coating is layered with semi-transparent red and clear coating, and this creates a high color saturation and intensity that produces a highly-refined finish.

    The horizontal dashboard, silver metal frames and black/silver monotone color scheme create a refined interior that is both dynamic and sporty. With its thin display audio and the Head Up Display, the futuristic cockpit inspires a sense of excitement for the driver in the vehicle.

    Maximizing luggage space utility without spoiling its stylish coupe-SUV shape, the rear seat uses a 60:40 split with long slide-and-recline adjustment. In addition to providing rear occupants with plenty of legroom, this also allows them to settle on their favorite seating posture and enjoy long trips with ample headroom despite a roof that slopes down toward the rear.

    2. Connectivity inspires new fun adventures

    The Eclipse Cross is fitted with the Smartphone Link Display Audio system, a Touchpad Controller and Head Up Display which allow the driver to handle and interpret different types of information more easily and safely.

    Smartphone Link Display Audio supports Apple CarPlay*3, the smarter, safer way to use your iPhone*3 in the car. The driver can use Siri*4 or the Smartphone Link Display Audio's touch screen to get directions optimized for traffic conditions, make and receive calls, access text messages, and listen to music, all in a way that allows them to stay focused on the road. Smartphone Link Display Audio also supports the Android AutoTM*4 which provides voice controlled operation of Google MapsTM,*4 Google PlayTM*4 music and other apps. The Touchpad Controller can operate audio functions like radio, as well as Apple CarPlay.

    Placing the Touchpad Controller in the center console allows the driver to operate the Smartphone Link Display Audio easily and without having to change position.

    The Head Up Display unit makes driving safer by presenting vehicle speed, data from the active safety systems and other necessary information that minimizes eye movement and provides instant readability.

    *3: Apple CarPlay, iPhone, and Siri are trademarks of Apple Inc. registered in the United States and other countries.
    *4: Android Auto, Google Maps, and Google Play are trademarks or registered trademarks of Google Inc.

    3. Enjoyable and stable driving with all-wheel control technology

    Eclipse Cross uses an electronically-controlled 4WD system that feeds the optimum amount of torque to the rear wheels as required by the driving situation and surface conditions. MMC's Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) integrated vehicle dynamics control system incorporates brake-activated AYC*5.

    The addition of a 3-point strut tower brace at the front and the strategic use of structural bonding at the rear in particular have increased body rigidity. The tougher body and detail optimization of the suspension offer precise handling and superior vehicle stability.

    The Eclipse Cross will be available in the United States with a new 1.5L direct-injection turbocharged gasoline engine that is mated to a new CVT with 8-speed Sport Mode manual override.

    *5: Active Yaw Control system manages the torque feed and brake force at individual rear wheels to help the vehicle behave as the driver intends, using information on steering angle, yaw rate, drive torque, brake force and wheel speed to accurately determine driver operation and vehicle behavior.

    Eclipse Cross
    specifications (display cars)
    L x W x H (mm) 4405 x 1805 x 1685
    Wheelbase (mm) 2670
    Track F/R (mm) 1545 / 1545
    Engine & transmission 1.5L direct-injection turbo gasoline / CVT
    Drive mode Electronically-controlled 4WD

    MMC has set up a special web site at the following URLs to provide a variety of information about its exhibits in English at the Geneva Motor Show 2017: A video of the press conference will also be available.


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    I cant wait until it comes out!!! I am going to trade my wife's 2014 out lander sport for one of these bad boys!!! I cant wait until the mirage starts coming out with the new 1.1 liter turbocharger engine!!

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    In 2017, CUV profits > sedan profits. As with all things, this too will change.


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    Sooo...this is basically a 4/5ths size Outlander or a 5/4ths size Outlander Sport? Snoooooooooze......

    They had me kinda excited when I heard the Eclipse was coming back. Seeing it as another blase crossover is kind of a kick in the balls.

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