Makes sense

The new Mitsubishi Eclipse is dif­fer­ent, very dif­fer­ent.

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Ear­lier this year, Mitsubishi hinted at plans to re­vive the Eclipse at the Geneva In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show. Now, that’s all well and good. Ex­cit­ing, even—if it weren’t for the fact that ini­tial im­ages re­vealed a five-door cross­over in­stead of some­thing re­sem­bling the iconic two-door sports car we’d all been hop­ing for.

Like ev­ery­one, we asked: Why, oh why did you have to go with that moniker? For many, the move was blas­phemy. But you know what? We’re ec­static. Con­tro­ver­sial name­plate aside, the Eclipse Cross (yes, the com­pany has fi­nally cleared things up) seems to be a very worth­while propo­si­tion. Re­cently re­leased dimensions in­di­cate the cross­over is pegged just above the ASX in terms of size, and its sleek head­lamps, pro­nounced char­ac­ter lines, and sporty ap­pli­ca­tion of Mitsubishi’s new ‘dy­namic shield’ de­sign up front sug­gest it’ll have the aes­thet­ics to hang with the best in the lot.

Ex­act per­for­mance fig­ures are still un­der wraps, but un­der­neath the hood, you’ll have two en­gine op­tions: a 1.5-liter tur­bocharged gaso­line mill, and a 2.2-liter tur­bod­iesel. The for­mer comes mated to a CVT with Sport Mode, while the lat­ter is paired with a newly de­vel­oped eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

As ex­pected, Mitsubishi has equipped its lat­est cre­ation with Su­per All-Wheel Con­trol (S-AWC). Ini­tially de­vel­oped for the Lancer Evo­lu­tion, S-AWC is said to pro­vide the Cross with ad­mirable per­for­mance over rough roads and in un­pre­dictable weather con­di­tions. Things could thus get in­ter­est­ing be­tween the Cross and the up­com­ing all-new XV, tak­ing into ac­count both cars’ all-wheel ten­den­cies.

In­side, the dark, min­i­mal­ist de­sign is ac­cen­tu­ated by a gen­er­ous amount of what looks to be a pol­ished metal trim. Tech-wise, we’re look­ing at the usual: an ar­ray of lasers and sen­sors for sev­eral safety fea­tures (lane-de­par­ture warn­ing, for­ward-col­li­sion mit­i­ga­tion), and a 7in touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem. There’s a heads-up dis­play, and the very in­no­va­tive new touch­pad con­troller might be worth fid­dling with as well.

Ini­tial al­lo­ca­tion is lim­ited to the UK in early 2018. Ideal size, sporty looks, and ver­sa­tile per­for­mance—so far, the Eclipse Cross seems to have ticked all the right boxes. As to whether or not it can live up to its name? Let’s just say this baby has got some pretty big shoes to fill. We just hope this doesn’t set a prece­dent. We don’t want Mitsubishi get­ting any crazy ideas when it comes to re­viv­ing the Lancer, you know.

The in­te­rior has to look as dy­namic as the ex­te­rior

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