Mitsubishi is bringing back the eclipse name, to the great joy of every Eclipse fan everywhere, but don’t get too excited, it’s not coming back in the shape of a sleek sporty sedan. Instead it will be released in the form of a crossover. Wait what!?!? That’s right, the sedan’s out and the crossover is in.
The decision makes sense in a way if you think about it. After all, crossovers are hot right now, and many more buyers are in the market for a crossover than they are a sporty sedan. That said, it’s still pretty odd that Mitsubishi decided to take the Eclipse name and toss it on a crossover, and it’s going to make some fans mad.
Let’s start with looks. The new Eclipse has a muscular and stout look to it. It doesn’t seem overly large or long, which is nice in a crossover. From the front it has a very nice shape with a sloping rear that’s reminiscent of a coupe. If you’re after a sporty but compact crossover, this is the one for you.
The Eclipse crossover isn’t packed with a ton of power, but it comes with enough to be confident and efficient at the same time. It comes with a 1.5 liter turbo engine connected to a nice smooth CVT. The base power rating is a bit tame, but if you want to make things more interesting there’s a 2.2 liter turbodiesel engine that’s tied to an eight-speed tranny for a whole lot more oomph.
The Eclipse crossover has a modern interior with sleek and sporty seats and an upscale media setup. It’s spacious enough for five children or four adults. There is ample headroom and legroom both front and back.
The new Eclipse crossover isn’t the most exciting thing that Mitsubishi has ever released, but it’s a good looking vehicle with a lot to offer. It’s sure to sell in great numbers, and will pave the way for more exciting and sportier creations from the company in the future.