Mitsubishi gives Eclipse Cross a refresh for 2021

MITSUBISHI has revealed a restyled Eclipse Cross, with a sleek sporty SUV appearance, confidence inspiring driving dynamics and improved comfort. A plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain will also be offered in select markets, including Australia.

The redesigned Eclipse Cross features significant styling enhancements, with the front end adopting an evolved version of Mitsubishi’s signature Dynamic Shield design. A new front bumper guard and refreshed light layout completes a bold, dynamic look.

The sleek silhouette continues to the rear with a redesigned hatch and rear window, giving a more sophisticated SUV styling and resulting in improved rear visibility, as well as distinctive and contemporary styling.

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Eclipse Cross’ iconic three-dimensional taillights extend upwards and inwards, and enhance the look with a stable and wide presence.

The new tailgate features a sharply sculpted hexagon design, blending the sleek and elegant style with the ruggedness and dependability expectations of an SUV.

Inside the cabin, a new black interior with silver accents and light grey leather seats creates a more sophisticated look. Door trims also coordinate with the car seat colour to feature a high-quality, sporty interior space.

A new 8.0-inch smartphone-link display audio (SDA) system comes standard, giving the driver a better view of the information and easier operation. The screen has been moved closer to the driver and front-seat passenger for ease of use as well.

It also now incorporates volume and turning knobs for fast reference. The touchpad that was previously used for multiple functions has been removed to allow for more storage space on the center console.

The addition of the PHEV powertrain optimises energy efficiency and offers a smooth driving experience. Riding on the success of the Outlander PHEV, the new Eclipse Cross uses the same twin motor 4WD PHEV system, modified to suit the Eclipse Cross chassis.

The unique PHEV architecture consists of one front and one rear high-power electric motor, a large capacity drive battery and a 2.4-litre MIVEC engine with a single speed planetary gearbox.

Mitsubishi Motors’ S-AWC system delivers stable handling and precise control, giving drivers confidence to conquer on-road conditions with ease. The MacPherson strut springs in the front and rear multi-link suspension have been finely tuned.

Together with enlarged rear suspension absorbers (dampers), the Eclipse Cross exerts the performance of S-AWC and greatly enhances maneuverability.

The new Eclipse Cross ICE model will launch in Australia and New Zealand in November, with the PHEV variant available in 2021. Further information and pricing will be announced closer to launch.

Mitsubishi gives Eclipse Cross a refresh for 2021
2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross interior
Mick Glenn
Mick Glenn
Mick is a car fanatic, with petrol pumping through his veins. With a deep love for cars, and what makes them tick, Mick likes things that go fast, very fast. But he also appreciates a Sunday cruise in the Rolls...... who are we kidding, he'd drive the wheels off that too.


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