MitMoCo revives Eclipse name for new crossover
Move over Outlander, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is reviving the Eclipse badge for a new compact SUV, which will be unveiled next month at the 2017 Geneva auto show.
From the looks of the teaser photos, the new crossover incarnation keeps the bubbly rear end and well-rounded front mug of the Eclipse coupe sold from 1989 to 2012. It also resembles Mitsubishi’s GT-PHEV Concept we spotted at last year’s Paris auto show.
From the side profile, the Eclipse Cross resembles a sporty station wagon. The company says the name Cross is short for crossover.
Very clever MitMoCo, very clever. And we thought it referred to the expression “don’t get cross with me.”
“Eclipse is a word used to describe an astronomical event. Marrying stylish coupe lines with the freedom of movement the SUV genre gives, the Eclipse Cross’ beautiful, dynamic form serves to bring about the same sense of excitement and inspiration as the diamond ring seen immediately before and after a total solar eclipse does,” states the press release from Mitsubishi. But wait, there’s more!
“The high-saturation red body color newly developed for the model is also reflected in the name to evoke the brilliance of the prominence seen during the total solar eclipse.”
Kind of like a big heart. And since Mitsubishi announced this news on Valentine’s Day, it’s like receiving a love letter from a sweetheart. Well, maybe not quite.
Mitsubishi says the all-new Eclipse will make its debut at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show next month. We can’t wait to see the Cross — crossover up close.