It's coming early next year.
Many of you reading this will still be upset that Mitsubishi has used the Eclipse name for a crossover instead of creating a rally-inspired sports car. But we can't change that or the fact that the Eclipse Cross has been less impressive than we would like. Mitsubishi has promised to at least remedy the latter issue by updating the 2021 model significantly. We expect an improvement in the styling department too, but in the meantime, the Japanese marque has offered us a small glimpse at the new crossover ahead of its debut next year. So what does the solitary teaser tell us?
Unfortunately, not much at all. We can discern that the taillights will feature a pair of Y-shaped running lights, a higher rear end, the obligatory new wheels, and a strong beltline. The front appears to have a C-shaped chrome applique that will sit below the front LED running lights, a feature that is applied to the glasshouse too. That chrome detailing around the windows returns presumably to highlight the coupe-like roofline of the crossover, but there's not much more we can say about the design until we see more detailed images.
However, there is more news: the new model will arrive in the first quarter of 2021, while all new Mitsubishi vehicles will feature forward collision mitigation with pedestrian detection as standard.
The new Outlander will soon feature an upgraded powertrain and the plug-in hybrid variant will have an increased all-electric driving range. These models will arrive sometime between next month and the end of the year, while the next generation of the Outlander is expected in the second quarter of next year. Sure, it sucks that the Eclipse and Outlander aren't exactly exciting cars, but at least they seem to be undergoing improvements that should make them a little more attractive to prospective buyers. Still, wouldn't it be epic if Mitsubishi could make a rival to the Supra and the upcoming Nissan 400Z?