The segment of compact crossover is arguably the most competitive segment in today’s automotive industry and pretty much every carmaker has its representor in the segment. Mitsubishi is no exception and it comes with the model called Eclipse Cross. The name that was used for a dynamics sports car in the past now gets the “cross” suffix and comes as a typical crossover. It has been around for a couple of years and the latest reports suggest that the next year will bring several interesting changes. The 2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is about to receive a facelift.
From what we know so far, and we don’t know too much, the 2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will come with typical visual updates. Novelties are expected on both ends of the vehicle, though the overall shape and size will remain the same. Details about the interior are sill come but we presume a couple of novelties will come. On the other side, things under the hood will certainly remain the same.
2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Redesign
In terms of base design characteristics, the 2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross definitely won’t change. Many see this as the biggest drawback of this crossover, as it still rides on a good-old GS platform, something that has been dropped by cooperators years ago. While the crossover feels modern, handling isn’t particularly precise. Also, there is a lot of body lean in corners for a vehicle of this size.
On the other side, there are really not many things to complain about in terms of styling. The current model follows the brand’s latest design language. Still, we are about to see a couple of interesting novelties for the next year. The front end won’t receive too much but we may see some tweaks to the bumper and front fascia. On the other side, we are pretty sure that the 2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will drop that split tailgate and come with a more conventional one. Also, we might see a new rear bumper, new exhaust pipes and similar things.
Bigger changes probably won’t come on the inside. Simply, the current cabin looks more than okay. It features attractive looks and good overall quality, despite that there are some surfaces that include hard plastics. Also, the infotainment system is one of Mitsubishi’s strongest points these days. So, it’s hard to expect changes in this aspect either.
This means that the base interior layout will remain the same, it will bring all good and bad sides with it. On one side, the passenger room is more than decent. This crossover can accommodate adults with ease in both rows, while visibility is good in all directions. On the other side, the cargo area is pretty small if we compare it to class leaders like Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 etc. You may count on just 22.6 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 48.9 cubic feet behind the front seats.
This aspect will certainly bring novelties, though we still don’t know the details. Additions to the list of standard equipment seem like a certain thing. Currently, the list of standard equipment includes goodies like a 7-inch touch screen, a USB port, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and a four-speaker stereo. We have no doubt that this list will be expanded for the next year. Of course, potential additions are currently on the list of available features and some of the highlights are goodies like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, a six-speaker sound system, a premium Rockford Fosgate stereo, satellite radio and more.
When it comes to safety features, a rearview camera is currently the only standard features. On the other side, the list of available safety features includes goodies like rear parking sensors, forward collision mitigation, automatic braking, pedestrian detection, a head-up display, lane change alert, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic high-beam headlights. We presume that some of these will become standard in the 2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.
2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Engine
On the other side, changes under the hood are not expected. The 2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross should carry on with a familiar 1.5-liter turbo-four, which puts our 152 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The engine comes in pair with a CVT gearbox and delivers pretty solid dynamics. However, this particularly refers to the city ride. On the other side, a few more horses would be great on the highway.
The thing we like is that the fuel economy is above-average for the class. You may count on about 26 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Release Date and Price
The 2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross should hit the market this fall and we presume that bigger changes in price won’t happen. The current model starts at around 23.000 dollars.