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New Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SUV set for 2017 Geneva debut

Date: 14 February 2017   |   Author: James Richardson

It has been announced that the latest addition to the booming SUV class will be the all-new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. The new SUV crossover will make its debut at next month's Geneva motor show, where further details and, indeed, full pictures, will be released.


Right now, details are rather sparse, but expect the new SUV to sit somewhere between the recently revised ASX small SUV and the much larger Outlander, the plug-in hybrid version of which is proving to be exceptionally popular, especially among company car buyers.


This will put it up against some very capable rivals, including the Nissan Qashqai - the car that's generally considered to be the progenitor of the SUV/crossover boom - as well as the likes of the Seat Ateca and the Ford Kuga.


We've yet to see full pictures of the new car, but from the dark images we do have, we can see some rather neat design touches, such as the sharp crease down the flanks that runs through the door handles all the way to the rear light clusters. You'll also notice the sloping roofline, chrome window surround and steeply raked rear window, as well as sharp LED running light graphics and a heavily creased bonnet.


There's also the sharp rear-light clusters, which are linked by a thin line of lights - almost certainly LEDs - that stretch right across the car's rump and incorporate the car's high-level brake light.


As yet, there's no word about engines, but we expect the company's 1.6- and 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engines to be some of the bigger sellers. Pure petrol power is likely to be less popular, but given the success of the larger Outlander PHEV variant, there could well be a plug-in hybrid version of the Eclipse Cross on the way. Given Mitsubishi's off-road heritage, four-wheel drive is almost certain to be offered too.


Prices and equipment levels for the Eclipse Cross will be announced closer to the car's on-sale date later in the year, but expect it to sit between the ASX and Outlander in terms of pricing.