The Mitsubishi Eclipse is back

The Mitsubishi Eclipse is back, only this time around it's an SUV and has a "Cross" attached to its name. The brand is hoping to recapture buyers' interest with the introduction of a fashion-forward crossover.

The new Eclipse Cross has some styling cues which are similar to the latest Mitsubishi Outlander, but the vehicle has a more coupe-like profile than either that or the more compact ASX.

The automaker announced Tuesday it has chosen the name "Eclipse Cross" for its new compact sport-utility vehicle that will be debuted at the Geneva International Motor Show next month.

Mitsubishi has now released a set of teaser photos for its upcoming 2017 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SUV.

We reported a couple of weeks ago that we expected the new SUV to be named Mitsubishi Eclipse - reviving the name of a Mitsubishi Sports auto which didn't come to the United Kingdom - but it also gets "Cross" tagged on the end just so we don't get the two confused.

The new SUV is evolved from the Mitsubishi XR concept of 2015. Incorporated into the design of the images is a red silhouette of an actual solar eclipse, which is mimicked by how the vehicle is being presented.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse is dead; long live the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

Industry sources suggest that the Eclipse Cross will go on sale with a choice of 2.2-litre diesel and 1.5-litre turbo petrol engines, and front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive transmissions. It is also expected to rival Nissan's own compact crossover, the Qashqai.



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