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October 15, 2020

Mitsubishi Refreshes Eclipse Cross for 2021

Mitsubishi Motors finally revealed the 2021 Eclipse Cross—a compact crossover that promises sleeker styling, confidence-inspiring driving dynamics, and improved comfort. And the biggest news is that it will also be made available with a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant in select markets as well.

The 2021 Eclipse Cross features significant styling enhancements. The front end adopts an evolved version of Mitsubishi’s signature Dynamic Shield design concept, expressing strength and security. A new front bumper guard and refreshed light layout completes the front design.

The part gets majority of the updates with a completely redesigned hatch and rear glass. The Eclipse Cross’s iconic three-dimensional taillights extend upwards and inwards, and enhance the look with a stable and wide presence. The hexagonally-shaped tailgate too is meant to be reminiscent of the company’s iconic rear-mounted spare tire shape.

Inside the cabin, a new black interior with silver accents and light gray leather seats creates a more sophisticated look. Door trims also coordinate with the car seat color for a sportier appearance. A new 8-inch smartphone-link display audio (SDA) system comes standard, giving the driver a better view of the information and easier operation. The screen has been moved closer to the driver and front-seat passenger for ease of use, and now incorporates volume and turning knobs. The touchpad that was previously used for multiple functions has been removed to allow for more storage space on the center console.

The biggest news though is the addition of a PHEV powertrain for the Eclipse Cross. Riding on the success of the Outlander PHEV, the world’s best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle, the new Eclipse Cross uses the same twin-motor 4WD PHEV system with modifications specific to the size and weight of the Eclipse Cross chassis. The unique PHEV architecture consists of one front and one rear high-power electric motor, a large-capacity drive battery, and a 2.4-liter MIVEC engine with a single-speed planetary gearbox, allowing for the quick, silent, yet powerful acceleration unique to electric vehicles.

Carried over from the previous model, the Eclipse Cross is also available with the company’s 1.5-liter MIVEC direct injection turbocharged four-cylinder engine. A thoroughly modern design, the MIVEC engine is all-aluminum and lightweight, and perfectly balances the seemingly distinct priorities of power and efficiency.

Using a compact turbocharger reduces fuel consumption but also minimizes turbo lag for driver-centric feel and performance, while the combination of direct fuel injection and turbocharging delivers greater efficiency at all roads and engine speeds. Paired with an eight-speed sports mode continuously variable transmission (CVT), the new Eclipse Cross optimizes driving dynamics while also achieving low fuel consumption.

Connected to the engine is Mitsubishi Motors’s S-AWC system delivers stable handling and precise control, giving drivers confidence to conquer on-road conditions with ease. The springs in the front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link suspension have been re-tuned. Together with enlarged rear suspension absorbers (dampers), the Eclipse Cross exerts the performance of S-AWC and greatly enhances maneuverability.

Mitsubishi says the first region to get the refreshed Eclipse Cross would be Australia and New Zealand with the 1.5-liter version arriving in a month’s time. The PHEV will then follow there in 2021.

While Mitsubishi Motors Philippines has yet to confirm the Eclipse Cross for the local market, it’s been confirmed that its market availability will be expanded globally. With SUV-crazy Filipino buyers in mind, the Eclipse Cross could very well fit into the local market.


  1. Looks better than before. But it should have gotten more updates to the interior and the standard 1.5 turbo engine, but atleast the addition of PHEV option is very good.

  2. I've seen this Eclipse Cross in Singapore Motorshow and it's very impressive. Mitsubishi Philippines should have brought this unit even before arrival of Geely and MG crossover. Now the two Chinese carmaker controlled the Subcompact market.

    1. spot on. instead of the xpander cross they should have instead brought this in. they are in a position to controll the crossover segment with the diesel variant (if in case would this be the only diesel crossover? only the ssangyongs come to mind)

  3. these can be selled like pancakes in the philipines. can compete more on toyota raize


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