The all-new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SUV, previewed through shadowy images over the past month, has been revealed in Geneva this week.
As those earlier previews promised, the Eclipse Cross - which will not replace the ASX but rather will sit alongside it beneath the Outlander - is the second all-new model to debut Mitsubishi's long-coming new styling themes.
A number of concepts have previewed the new look since 2013, but the early 2015 facelift to the mid-sized Outlander marked the showroom debut of the heavily chromed 'Dynamic Shield' face.
Now, the Eclipse Cross revives and builds on a name previously worn by a small sports coupe in the overseas Mitsubishi line-up, debuting as the caltrop brand's go at the increasingly popular coupe-inspired SUV niche.
Based on the XR-PHEV II concept, another early 2015 debut, the Eclipse Cross boasts a wedge-like profile, with a tapered roof and a steeply raked belt-line.
At 4405mm long, the Eclipse Cross is notably longer than the 4370mm concept that preceded it, and also longer than the 4295mm ASX it will sit alongside. A 2670mm wheelbase will feature, matching the ASX's footprint.
Power in the Eclipse Cross will be provided by a pair of small four-cylinder turbo engines, one a 1.5-litre petrol matched to a CVT auto, and the other a 2.2-litre diesel matched to an eight-speed auto.
In the cabin, the new Eclipse Cross adopts the freestanding dashtop display style that has become so popular in the market, with fixed capacitive buttons flanking the on-screen functions.
A head-up display, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, will feature, helping the Eclipse Cross keep pace with the current standard in infotainment.
The broader dash design presents a clean and modern, if run-of-the-mill look, and the steering wheel is a familiar Mitsubishi design. A Lexus-like touchpad controller can also be seen in the centre console.
Black and cream trim options are shown here, with dual sunroof portals shown in the ceiling.
Mitsubishi promises a comfortable interior despite the tapered roofline, and a 60:40 split-folding rear seat arrangement is also featured, along with slide and recline adjustment for the second row.
Power in the Eclipse Cross will be offered by a 1.5-litre direct-injected turbocharged petrol engine matched to a CVT auto, with an 'eight-speed' Sport Mode manual control option.
Mitsubishi's 2.2-litre turbo diesel will also be offered, matched now to a conventional eight-speed auto. Power figures for both engines are still to come, although the 2.2 engine offers 110kW in the current ASX.
All-wheel drive will be standard, with no two-wheel drive option on offer. Interestingly, the now retired Evolution's Super All-Wheel Control dynamics control system, with brake-activated Active Yaw Control, will also feature.
We’re expecting the new Mitsubishi SUV to be sold here later this year – exact timing is still to be confirmed.