The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is the brand’s recent entry to the crowded compact crossover SUV segment where it goes against some of the best-selling models such as the Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Honda C-RV and Hyundai Santa FE Sport. The model was all-new for the 2018 model year and has been on the roads with no significant upgrades since then. The next 2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will, however, receive its first mid-cycle refresh with the focus on the model’s styling.
The upcoming Eclipse Cross comes with the tweaked front- and rear-end styling that brings the model’s appearance in line with the brand’s latest design language. The model should also receive minimal interior upgrades including updated tech features and some changes in the equipment availability. The refreshed Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross should return to the US with the same powertrain and performance.
2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: Design
The upcoming 2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross enters the new model year with the revised front-end styling that brings the model in line with the brand’s modern design theme. The model comes also with some modifications on its profile and with the less controversial rear-end styling.
The front section of the model gets upgraded „ Dynamic Shield „ styling mixed with the remodeled headlights. The grille seems to have additional slat and comes in the mix with the tweaked front bumper. The mid-cycle refresh brings also the new, high-tech looking headlights with the split setup. The narrow lighting array follows the hood line while the main and high beam units should take a position in the lower front fascia section.
The rear of the model is also more modern. The resculpted tailgate comes in the combination with the new taillights. The new taillights have a horizontal orientation which makes the rear look wider. Gone is also a rear split-screen spoiler design.
The refreshed Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross comes also with the tweaked sills and resculpted rear quarter panels.
The 2021 version will also go on sale with the new color and wheel options.
The cabin of the next Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross goes on sale with less significant changes compared to the refreshed exterior styling. The in-cab changes should be limited to the tech upgrades and a few design touches. The model should get updated infotainment features and new upholstery options.
The Eclipse Cross goes on sale with above-average material quality and there is plenty of room for both front and rear passengers. The cargo capacity is up to 48 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Behind the rear seats, there are 22 cubic feet of cargo room.
The next 2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross should offer more standard equipment and upgraded tech and safety systems.
The base-level Eclipse Cross will offer cloth upholstery, a 7-inch touchscreen-based infotainment system, Apple Car Play and Android Auto capability, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, automatic climate control, etc. The base model should also gain some active safety equipment such as automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams and lane departure warning.
The next-level version will switch to larger 18-inch wheels and add heated front seats, satellite radio and more.
The top-grade Eclipse Cross will include leather upholstery, head-up display, a surround-view camera system, Rockford Fosgate sound system and more.
2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: Performance
The upcoming 2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross should return with the same engine under the hood. There should not be changes in the model’s performance as well.
The Eclipse Cross will rely on a 1.5-liter turbo-4 engine good for 152 hp and torque of 184 lb-ft. The model will offer both two- and all-wheel drive. Every version will use a continuously variable transmission.
An actual version earned 26 mpg city, 29 highways and 27 combined at EPA testing. The all-wheel-drive Eclipse Cross should manage 25/28 mpg city-highway.
In some markets overseas, the Eclipse Cross is available with a 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine.
2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: Release, Price
The 2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross should go on sale late in the year. Closer to the launch, more precise details will appear about the model’s equipment groups and specs.
The price of the refreshed Eclipse Cross should see an increase across the range but not radical. The current model starts from $22, 995.