Mitsubishi has some ambitious plans to get back on track and part of that plan includes the introduction of 11 new models, one of which includes the 2018 Eclipse Cross that debuted today at the LA Auto Show.
The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross resurrects the sporty Eclipse badge, but this time instead of being used on a sports car, the Eclipse name is being used for a crossover. The Eclipse Cross joins the existing Outback and Outback Sport crossovers. While the Outback models focus on traditional crossover traits, the Eclipse Cross joins the growing number of “coupe-like” crossovers that sacrifice some of the versatility for a sportier profile.
The Eclipse Cross also introduces a new 1.5L turbocharged engine to the Mitsubishi lineup. The 1.5L engine generates 152 horsepower and 184 lb-ft. of torque. Unlike some other compact crossovers that are debuting without all-wheel drive (Toyota and Nissan), the Eclipse Cross will be offered with Mitsubishi’s S-AWC (Super All-Wheel Control) system.
Inside the 2018 Eclipse Cross has an interior that represents a new design direction for the brand with higher quality materials. A 7-inch display for the infotainment system rests on top of the dashboard, giving drivers access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A head-up display is also added to give the driver real-time information. A panoramic sunroof and heated rear seats are also optional.
The 2018 Eclipse Cross will be offered in four models: the base ES, LE, SE and SEL. The Eclipse Cross starts at $23,295.