The “Eclipse” will soon be returning to Mitsubishi’s showrooms in the near future. However, instead of its specialty coupe making a comeback, on February 14, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation announced that it is launching an all-new SUV labeled the Eclipse Cross at next month’s Geneva International Motor Show. Released in the U.S. back in 1989, the Eclipse two-door coupe was also available to the Japanese market up to its third-generation model, which was launched in 1999. As the soon-to-be-launched Eclipse is a coupe-like SUV, Mitsubishi combined the name “Eclipse” for its specialty coupe with “Cross” for crossover SUV.
According to the Japanese automaker, “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’s 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. 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.”
Along with the announcement of its name, Mitsubishi has released new teaser images of its all-new SUV. The images offer a sneak peek of its front end featuring Mitsubishi’s dynamic shield design, silhouettes that are distinctive of a coupe-like SUV and its sophisticated rear design.
Written by Toshiya Kouketsu@DAYS
(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)