It's certainly an improvement.
Last week, we saw our first official look at the upcoming new generation of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. We've known since early this year that the crossover SUV was getting a redesign along with a host of upgrades under the skin, but thanks to the recent subtle teaser, digital artists now have enough info to create a fairly accurate rendition of what they believe the refreshed model will look like. One of the best artists in this field is Nikita Chuiko and he's once again created a very realistic design that we expect won't be proven too wrong when the real thing is finally revealed.
If Chuiko's renders are proved accurate, the new Eclipse Cross will feature massive front headlights in the area of the bumper that you may normally expect to find fog lights. The chrome detailing running below these lights will sweep upwards and underpin the full LED running lights while a sleek and smooth front grille will give the crossover a chiseled yet attractive front end.
However, we can't help but notice a little bit of Honda CR-V in the profile, especially near the new rear taillights. Hopefully, that sloping roofline will do enough to keep the Eclipse Cross from looking average.
From the rear, the taillights have a hint of early Lexus RX about them while a tailgate with playful use of concave surfaces and a prominent roof spoiler should ram home the sporty effect that Mitsubishi is trying so hard to achieve. As is typical for a vehicle in this class, plenty of black plastic moldings will likely feature. To help break up this sea of monotony, the rear molding will feature silver accents that bridge the gap between a fake skid plate and an imitation diffuser. But does the new design work? It's not as radical as Hyundai's recent designs and not too bland to go unnoticed either. We think that's a pretty good compromise.