But will it be an improvement?
Mitsubishi's decision to resurrect the Eclipse name and apply it to a crossover was controversial, but it's part of the automaker's plan to boost its US market sales. The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has only been on sale since early 2018, but the Japanese automaker is already preparing to give the crossover a makeover as part of a mid-cycle facelift.
New spy shots gave us our first look at the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross facelift last week. While the prototype was disguised in camouflage, some of the changes were clearly visible. This has allowed Kolesa.ru's Nikita Chuyko to produce an accurate-looking render of the updated Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, giving us a clearer look at the styling changes.
At the front, the refreshed Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has been rendered with narrower headlights and a new grille with three bars instead of two. More significant changes can be seen at the back, where the render artist has removed the split rear window design and spoiler found on the current model in favor of a cleaner, more traditional design that should improve rear visibility.
Elsewhere, the taillights have been restyled with new horizontal elements that stretch onto the trunk lid, the rear bumper has been updated with a more angular shape, and the rear spoiler has been redesigned to look more prominent.
Overall, the proportions look larger than the current Eclipse Cross. Chances are the interior will also include updates such as an upgraded infotainment system.
New hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions are expected to join the Eclipse Cross range, while the current model's 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 gasoline engine should carry over. This unit produces 152 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque and is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission in the current model. An official debut date hasn't been announced yet, but we're expecting the updated Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross to break cover by the end of this year.