The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will be released as a 2018 model year vehicle in Europe this fall, with plans for it to be released in other countries including the US later. The Eclipse Cross, a new compact crossover, was made possible but the huge investment gain Mitsubishi made when Nissan purchased a controlling stake in the company.
The Eclipse Cross will come with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine paired with a continuously variable transmission and will have standard Super All-Wheel Control all-wheel drive. The sporty design of the Eclipse Cross and its aggressive front fascia echoes the rest of Mitsubishi’s SUV lineup, the Outlander and Outlander Sport. The Cross falls between the Outlander and the Outlander Sport in size, with the Outlander Sport due to get smaller and fill the growing subcompact SUV market.
The Cross also features Mitsubishi’s new “Dynamic and Characteristic” rear design language, which includes high-mounted taillights and fastback rear glass which Mitsubishi calls “cubist.” Inside the Eclipse Cross is tasteful and clean, with a free-standing infotainment system and potential available features like heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a panoramic sunroof.
Though we won’t get the Eclipse Cross in the States for a while, we’re happy to keep you informed! Just let us know at Heritage Mitsubishi.
Disclaimer: Vehicle pictured is not 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
It’s no mystery why Mitsubishi has turned their sights to the SUV and crossover segment for the future of their brand. Following the wild success of the Outlander and Outlander Sport, the company announced plans to strengthen their crossover lineup with a plug-in hybrid option and other new nameplates that had, up until now, remained shrouded in secrecy. However, word says that we could be expecting a new Mitsubishi crossover to show up at the upcoming auto show in Geneva.
The auto show isn’t until March, but we already know a few things about this new crossover: it’s coming to dealerships next spring in 2018, will slot in between the Outlander and Outlander Sport (which are growing and shrinking in upcoming years, respectively, to fit into more concrete segments), and will have a brand-new turbocharged engine under the hood that Mitsubishi claims will pack a bit more punch than the brand’s current powertrain offerings.
Experts in the industry suspect the new Mitsubishi crossover will take some design cues from vehicles such as the eX Concept and Grand Tourer, two concepts that Mitsubishi designer Kazuo Yano stated would inspire future directions for the brand’s lineup. Until March, however, we won’t see exactly how that design philosophy will be implemented for a mass-market vehicle.
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo Auction
After nearly 15 years of production, Mitsubishi announced earlier this year that Lancer Evolution would be saying goodbye. And how better to sell the final Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution than for charity, perhaps via an online auction?
Mitsubishi did just that, selling the last US Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X Final Edition on eBay, through the auction system. The money raised from the sale will go to both Second Harvest Food Bank and Feeding America.
The eBay Mitsubishi Lancer Evo auction is a fitting way for the model to go out. The very last proceeds of the model going to some of those who need them most. Leave it to Mitsubishi to come up with such a practical, thoughtful way to celebrate a much-loved model and also give back to the community.
And of course, whoever wins the auction is sure to be thrilled. Not only is this specific unit one of the best Lancer Evo editions yet, it is also the very last one. Adding quite a bit to its collectability.
Are you sad to see the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution go? For more information on how you can get a used Lancer Evolution or to check out our selection of other Mitsubishi models, feel free to contact us or simply visit Heritage Mitsubishi.
Mitsubishi was one of the first adopters of turbocharging on commercial vehicles in the 1980s and 1990s. Although the brand hasn’t used turbocharging in a few years, it has decided that now is the time to consider going back to this innovative technology.
According to Automotive News, Mitsubishi turbocharged engines have become rare, largely because turbochargers tend to slow acceleration. However, the brand has developed some innovative solutions and is planning on releasing a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine for a new crossover starting in 2018.
“They know we’re their best chance,” said Ryan Gremore, chairman of Mitsubishi’s dealer council. “You put your resources where you get your best results. Everybody in the industry is going to be going even further in this direction”
Mitsubishi executives also suggested adding a 1.1-liter turbocharged engine on Mirage and G4 subcompact models, giving these cars added power and fuel economy. Turbocharging works by recycling exhaust to add power to the engine. This increases fuel economy and tends to up horsepower. Although typically found on performance models, more and more commercial models are appearing with this technology.
Turbochargers were all the rage in the 1980s and 90s, and Mitsubishi was one of the lead automakers for Japanese sports cars. In this greener era, turbocharged engines are more watered down and not nearly as performance-oriented as they used to be. With the Mitsubishi Evo leaving the market, it seemed like Mitsubishi’s turbocharged engines would be getting the axe as well.
Fortunately for performance enthusiasts, that’s not the plan at all. In early April, Mitsubishi announced that a new series of turbocharged engines were on the way. It looks like the new engine line won’t be limited to performance-ready cars either.
The first turbocharged engine to hit the United States will be a 1.5-liter that will debut in a mid-size crossover. Hitting the market in 2018, the new crossover will fit between the Outlander and Outlander Sport.
Mitsubishi is also considering a 1.1-liter turbocharged engine for the Mirage and Mirage G4 cars. Not only that, there are talks of a larger turbocharged engine for the next-gen Outlander crossover.
All three of those engines are expected to hit United States roadways by 2019 and they certainly can’t come soon enough.
Here at Heritage Mitsubishi, we can’t wait for turbocharged engines to play a larger role in the lineup!