Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross facelift revealed

Mitsubishi is looking to build some momentum in the U.S. with the 2022 Eclipse Cross

The upgraded 2022 Eclipse Cross is an integral part of said strategy, though in keeping with the outline announced weeks ago it will not debut first on the US market.

The updated Eclipse Cross has been unveiled with fresh looks, new suspension, and a hybrid powertrain on its way.

As mentioned, Canadian consumers can expect to start seeing the new 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross at dealerships beginning in the first quarter of 2021. The model thus loses that split rear window that if nothing else, made the model highly distinguishable on the road.

A new interior welcomes Eclipse Cross shoppers for 2022.

Overall, there's a bit less of a squatness to the 2022 makeover, with a bit more sculpting to the body, especially along the doors.

The new Eclipse Cross, which first launched locally at the end of 2017, has seen a tweak of its exterior design, with an evolution of the brand's signature Dynamic Shield front end featuring a revised bumper guard and lighting cluster. Changes are much more restrained inside the vehicle, the updated eight-inch infotainment system being the main highlight. The screen has been moved closer to the driver and front-seat passenger for ease of use, and now incorporates volume and turning knobs for quicker use. That power continues to flow through a CVT automatic to the front or all four wheels.

Mitsubishi's NA line-up is thin, with just four vehicles, including the 2020 Outlander.

Mitsubishi is trying to position itself as the center of excellence for small electrified vehicles as its role in the global Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. The company has not shared any technical details pertaining to the newly announced plug-in hybrid version.

The reality is that the Japanese automaker's previous battery-based models haven't fared well here. Considering the availability of the Outlander PHEV in America, this seems like an odd decision, but perhaps Outlander PHEV sales haven't been strong enough to merit another PHEV model.

We may eventually get the PHEV, however, some analysts are betting, as Mitsubishi will face the same, increasingly tough California emissions mandates as the rest of the industry.

These two Oceania markets will be getting the facelifted version starting next month, while the crucial US market will have to wait a little longer, until the first quarter of next year.



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