Why The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Makes Me Sad


There is a massive market out there for JDM cars like the Subaru BRZ, Scion FRS and Toyota GT86.  Those are all pretty much the same car, but that’s pretty much the only options for this crowd out there off of showroom floors.

Many years ago there were a lot more options for this crowd.  Like the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, 3000GT, Eclipse, Subaru Impreza, Nissan GTR (still kind of counts, it just costs a lot), 370Z and Toyota Supra.  That’s just to name a few.

The point is, the JDM scene used to have a lot more options to really stand out than they do now.

Granted Toyota is planning on bringing back the Supra, there isn’t much left on shelves.  It’s sad.

I grew up loving the Subaru WRX and my brother loved the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo.  It really isn’t like it used to be.

It really makes me sad to see how these once exciting car companies like Mitsubishi and Subaru and Toyota become these boring little econoboxes like every other car out there.  The excitement is nearly disappeared (again there are a few out liars who I applaud).

This brings us to Mitsubishi.  Probably the company that had the most to lose out of this.  Mitsubishi completely killed the Lancer without actually killing it, and completely killed the Eclipse.

And completely killed the 3000GT.

The Lancer isn’t technically dead, but I think it met a worse fate.  Now, it is a cheap little family car that is just about as plain as they come.  No longer does Mitsubishi offer a cool version or Evo edition.  It’s just a plain little commutor.  Again I think this a worse, slower and more painful death.

It looks like the Lancer isn’t the only model to get this treatment either.  The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is the next on the list.

The Specs-2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross:


Vehicle Type: Crossover 
Power Plant: Not Yet Available
Gearbox: 6 or 7 speed auto
Power: 200-250 HP
MPG: Not Yet Available
Torque: Not Yet Available
Length: Not Available
Width: Not Available
Height: Not Available
Wheelbase: Not Available
Top Speed: Not Available
Seating: 5 Adults
0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH): Not Available
Base Price: Not Yet Available



Mitsubishi is bringing back the Eclipse, but possibly in the worst way possible.  The brand is making a new SUV to appeal to the massive new market which is exactly what everyone else is doing.

So, Mitsu jumped on the train and is making the Eclipse Cross.  An odd CUV that carries the name of one of the brands best vehicles in years.

That’s where the problem is.  They named an SUV the Eclipse that is pretty far from what the original car was.  They watered down the name of a once exciting car that had a ton of respect from the community.  I am upset by this.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is another grab at the SUV market that keeps growing and it is just not the right way to do things.

The new Cross is a sharp looker – no doubt. Lines on the new 2018 Mitsubishi Cross are like many on the whole coupe-crossover thing other manufactures are jumping on.

The Exterior-2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross:

Continuing with the exterior styling, the 2018 Mitsubishi Cross is a nice one if it didn’t look so…modern Mitsubishi.

The body lines of the thing are pretty striking, and I don’t think Mitsubishi did a bad job with it.

An issue we see with most new Mitsubishi’s that get released these days is that they are very comfortably styled.  Nothing new or ground breaking is really sticking out on their cars and they blend in easily.  Not the kind of car for someone who cares what they look like.  Which is so odd to say, especially when we’re talking about the same company that made the Lancer Evo in the early 2000’s.

That all being said, the Eclipse Cross does have some sharp angles up front that add some aggression and urgency to the brands image.  I like it.

From the front the new Cross has some bold lines that construct the headlights and cheek bones.  This brings things to a strong focal point.

The side view of this new crossover looks like some sort of mix of a Honda CR-V and the Nissan Juke.  Eclipse Cross’ headlights are squinted and its face is tall, while the rear end of the car is more sculpted with an up-right stature like the Juke.

Mitsubishi put in some chiseled lines on the side of the car that break things up from convention, and it looks to have worked. Sculpting the side of a car is difficult, since it’s easy to see if a manufacture tried too hard to be different.

The side appearance of the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross isn’t bad by any means, but it will be forgotten in years to come.  But since these SUV’s are all about what the market wants at a given time, I don’t think Mitsubishi’s too concerned.

To wrap things up for the exterior styling, the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is probably Mitsuibishi’s best bet when it comes to having an SUV that might be able to pull some customers in.

It’s sleek, bold, modern, youthful and all those good adjectives.  Mitsubishi’s most daring model yet still manages to seem a bit under-the-radar.

The Interior-2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: 

Mitsubishi’s interiors have been pretty dull in recent years.  They are what they are.

I usually just glaze over them and am not surprised by the lack of inspiration inside of Mitsubishi’s.

However, things inside the new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross are looking promising just like the exterior.

It reminds me of the inside of the Lexus NX a bit.  You have a type of two-level dashboard that houses most of its controls underneath the air vents.  The placing of the controls kind of confuses me as they seem a bit difficult to get to.  But, I could be wrong.

Anyway the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has probably the brands best example of what they’re capable of.

The interior isn’t bad, and it isn’t ground breaking.  With that in mind the car itself is just on par with everything else Mitsubishi has been doing.  Maybe a bit less cookie-cutter than the lot, but nothing to really get head-over-heels about.

The impressive bits come in the form of new technology like a touch-sensitive pad on the right side of the shifter, and a series of controls right underneath it.  Just like the infotainment screen, it follows a bit of an industry standard of moving main controls to the center tunnel.

On the center tunnel, things seem a bit cluttered.  You have the engine start button, touch pad, seat heaters, parking brake and main functions for infotainment.  It’s a bit much in a small space.

And of course because you’ll most definitely be taking your Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross to the race track to lap around performance cars, Mitsubishi offers paddle shifters.

I never understand this.  I’m not sure who decides on putting paddles in such normal cars and SUV’s but I can’t be the only person who wants this to come to an end.

Little Rant Time:

Paddle shifters are derived from F1 cars.  Formula 1 is the pinnacle of racing technology.  Racing.

The scheme behind paddles is to be able to shift gears faster, making the car perform better around tracks and posting better lap times / passing more opponents on track.

That alone should kind of make it obvious that paddle shifters don’t belong in standard SUV’s or normal cars…Right?

Nope, these things are everywhere now.  Including trucks.

Paddle shifters should not be on anything other than performance cars.  Like Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s, you get the picture.  Not Ford F150s or the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. It makes no sense.  All it does is confuse what the car is.

The Performance-2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross:

Underneath those sharp angles and interesting rear lights, there is a very average crossover.  Unsurprisingly.

As of right now, there is reason to believe that the Eclipse Cross will feature a 1.5 L four cylinder engine to power either the front wheels or all four wheels.

The transmission for the Eclipse Cross is a CVT set up, which instantly makes driving a less-cool experience.  But thankfully it has paddles.

While numbers for the US spec car are still a bit of ways away, the car in Europe produces somewhere around 160 horse power and 180 pound feet of torque.  That means zero to sixty is done in 9.4 seconds, zero to 100 is nearly thirty seconds, and a top speed is a comfortable 125 miles per hour.

Fuel economy is looking good.  26 and 31 miles per gallon in the city and highway, which isn’t groundbreaking but decent.

That will pretty much sum things up for the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.  Not groundbreaking but decent.

Like I said before, the Eclipse Cross will pass through the usual product cycle and really won’t make a big fuss.  Which is sad because Mitsubishi needs a big fuss to really save itself and stay relevant.

Sum It Up:

So the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross then.

I’m not particularly excited about the model, even with the fact that its gained a fair amount of publicity.

There aren’t really any headline figures, groundbreaking features or brand-defining statements.  It’s just a new SUV for a growing and saturated market.

I was hoping for more from Mitsubishi rather than another paddle shifting SUV to have decent sales numbers, but here we are.

The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will be on store shelves in 2018 for the United States, and late 2017 for the European markets.


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