The facelifted 2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has recently been unveiled and it sports a few aesthetic and technology upgrades. Also new for 2021 is the addition of a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant.
Bringing the Eclipse Cross more in line with the rest of the line up is its updated Dynamic Shield grille, sleeker LED daytime running lights, new LED headlights, and a new front bumper. The wedge-shaped side profile remains largely unchanged. Moving towards the back, and you’ll see that the spoiler that splits the rear glass has been eliminated in favor of a more conventional tailgate design. As a result, rear visibility has been significantly improved.
The interior of the facelifted Eclipse Cross remains largely unchanged. The only noticeable change is the new 8-inch touch screen infotainment system that’s also found in other recent Mitsubishi vehicles such as the Montero Sport. Compared to the previous model, this new infotainment system is only controlled through the touch screen as Mitsubishi has ditched the confusing console-mounted touchpad interface.
Under the hood of the Eclipse Cross is the same 1.5-liter inline-4 turbocharged gasoline engine as before, which produces 152 hp and 250 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to the front or all four wheels via a CVT.
The main highlight of the new Eclipse Cross is the addition of a PHEV variant. This powertrain is the same as the one found in the Outlander PHEV, which consists of a 2.4-liter inline-4 MIVEC gasoline engine that produces 128 hp and 199 Nm of torque. There are also two electric motors at each axle, 60 kW and 137 Nm at the front, and then 70 kW and 195 Nm at the rear. All of these components are controlled by the Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel-drive system, sending the power to the ground via a “Multimode eTransmission.”
The 2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will go on sale first in Japan, Australia, and New Zealand before the end of 2020. It is still unknown whether Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) will offer the Eclipse Cross in our market.