The 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is back and better
Looks pretty good, doesn't it?
Move over SUVs, the 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is back and it's looking pretty sleek. According to the official press release, Mitsubishi designed the Eclipse Cross to be sleek and sporty with "improved driving confidence and comfort".
The car will be powered by the 1.5-liter MIVEC direct injection turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the previous model. Mitsubishi said they used a compact turbocharger to reduce fuel consumption while also minimizing that pesky turbo lag you get with the big boy spooly snails.
Some people might be saddened by this but that engine will be paired with an eight-speed "sports mode" CVT. The sports mode will presumably act like the one on the 2020 Civic Coupe which also has a CVT. What it does is it allows the driver to use the paddle shifters to move the CVT through its programmed shift points. This can be useful for downshifting while passing or upshifting to cruise on a long highway.
For the off-road fanatics, the Eclipse Cross also comes with Mitsubishi's S-AWC system. This is an advanced full-time 4WD system originally developed for the 2007 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X.
Image courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors
The interior looks pretty standard for a modern car and comes standard with Mitsubishi's 8-inch smartphone-link display audio (SDA) system. Mitsubishi has also removed the multi-use infotainment touchpad to allow for more center console storage space. That same infotainment system (thankfully) comes with easy-to-use volume and turning knobs. This means the driver doesn't have to take their eyes off the road to operate those functions like in other modern cars.
The exterior sports some angled headlights and taillights with "Mitsubishi's signature Dynamic Shield design concept". Presumably that is referring to the large grille that is meant to make the car seem more aggressive. This is a pretty common feature in modern cars and can be seen on other cars like the 2020 Toyota Camry and Corolla. There are also some sleek lines running down both sides of the car for that extra sleek and sporty look.
What do you guys think? Are you a fan of the new Eclipse Cross or could you do without it? Let us know in the comments below!