2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse. The Eclipse Cross is a decidedly non-performance-oriented small SUV sized similarly to the new Jeep Compass and the Subaru Crosstrek. Mitsubishi will resurrect the Eclipse name for an upcoming SUV, called the Eclipse Cross, in 2019. This new Nissan Qashqai rival will boast eye-catching styling and a range of high-tech goodies when it makes its public debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March. Mitsubishi is debuting its first all-new model in several years, but the company has mined its past for the new small crossover’s name: 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. No, it doesn’t share anything beyond the badge with the long-running Eclipse sports coupe and convertible that, at times, bolstered Mitsubishi’s reputation for performance before disappearing in 2012.
The 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross shares its 105.1-inch wheelbase with both the current Outlander Sport and Outlander crossovers, although the new model’s 173.4-inch length fits neatly between the two. Mitsubishi says that the next Sport will shrink a bit and the next Outlander will grow, better spacing out the three, but for now there’s plenty of overlap. The 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross uses the company’s “dynamic shield” grille design; it reminds us a bit of a slightly toned-down Lexus NX. A wedge-shaped profile features a character line that rises to the distinctive rear end.
Back there, the styling is less successful, with the bisected rear window and chunky aesthetic evoking memories of the much-maligned Pontiac Aztek’s design. On the inside, Mitsubishi seems to have taken a page from Lexus’s book, with a new touchpad controller that’s nearly identical to that luxury brand’s Remote Touch Interface, albeit without the mouselike controller. We’re not fans of that system, so we hope the 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross can improve upon its operation. A head-up display and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are available, and the interior design looks to be definitively more modern than those in Mitsu’s aging current offerings.
Unless you need the Outlander’s third-row seat, the 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross appears to be the pick of the Mitsubishi litter thanks to its mostly attractive design, its upgraded interior, and its new turbocharged inline-four. The direct-injected 1.5-liter will be the only engine in the United States (Europeans get a diesel as well), mated to a standard continuously variable automatic transmission with either front or all-wheel drive. Horsepower and torque numbers aren’t available yet, but Mitsubishi has said that it will be more powerful than the current 2.4-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder that makes 166 horsepower in the Outlander. So no, it won’t be a revival of the Eclipse GSX you remember from the 1990s.
The 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will go on sale in early 2019 and is expected to cost from approximately £19,000. Top-spec models could cost in the region of £30,000, however. Full details should be announced when it makes its debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March.