2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross tries to trade on its nostalgic name


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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross tries to trade on its nostalgic name.

Mitsubishi is adding to its SUV and crossover lineup by resurrecting a nameplate that's been dormant for a while. The Eclipse Cross, which debuted at the LA Auto Show this week, combines the coupe shape of the defunct Eclipse sporty car from Mitsubishi's past with a crossover body style. Intended to be positioned between the Outlander Sport and the larger Outlander, the Eclipse Cross is an attempt to expand the brand in the U.S. by capitalizing on our national crossover buying spree.

The Eclipse Cross features the brand's current Dynamic Shield front design, similar to that worn by the Outlander and Outlander Sport, but it has a sharp and distinctive beltline that runs from the A-pillar all the way to the back, with a noticeable kick. The new CUV also features more pronounced wheel arches: Rear arches transition into the rear bumper while the front arches extend from the large fog light housings positioned below the headlights, meant to look like air intakes. Out back, the Eclipse Cross features a rakish rear hatch and C-pillar, while LED brake lights that run across the rear glass give it a unified appearance.
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