When Mitsubishi put an end to the Lancer, everyone thought it was going to be the end of their sports cars. Then, with the announcement of the return of the Eclipse, many fans rejoiced, but now when they found out the Eclipse was returning as a crossover. That’s definitely not what people think of when they think of the rally cars Mitsubishi is known for. Then came the e-Evolution concept, a concept said to bring back the Evolution nameplate the Lancer was known for, maybe even the new Lancer. The e-Evolution remains a concept, but it turns out while also showing off the look of the e-Evolution, the automaker was also testing the new look for the Eclipse Cross refresh.
“The new design draws inspiration from the MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT*1 emphasizing the strength and dynamics from our SUV heritage, while enhancing the cleanliness and elegance of a coupe-like SUV…The Eclipse Cross is the first step toward the next generation of Mitsubishi Design, and there is so much more to come.” – Seiji Watanabe, division general manager of Design, MMC
New for 2021 will be a newly refreshed Eclipse Cross with style right from the e-Evolution concept, originally called a “high-performance SUV”. With the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance revving back up after the pandemic, the Alliance announced mid-term plans for the next few years, with Mitsubishi to release a new vehicle for the C/D segment of automobiles. That could be anything from a subcompact car to a large car, so it’s anyone’s guess, but we’re hoping for the reveal of a sports car. Until then, here’s what Mitsubishi is sharing for 2021.
By the end of 2020, Mitsubishi will be renewing its popular plug-in hybrid SUV, the Outlander PHEV will be getting an upgraded internal-combustion powertrain that will help to increase it’s all-electric driving range. Once 2021 rolls around, things get exciting. During the first quarter of 2021, the redesigned Eclipse Cross will make its first debut. Alongside it will be new versions of the fuel-efficient Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback and Mirage G4 with new styles and a bold look. The real good news starts in 2021 Q2 when we finally get a better look at the refreshed Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. All we have right now is the image above, and it doesn’t tell us much. Did they get rid of that mid-rear-window-spoiler?
Upgrading safety for 2021, Mitsubishi will be adding a new standard to the lineup. Each model will be getting Forward Collision Mitigation with Pedestrian Detection active safety features. That’s just the start of new additions, but we hope for more. Mitsubishi Motors has a lot on its plate at the moment. So far, this is all we know about the new and upcoming vehicles from Mitsubishi – well, nothing new as in a new model just yet, but the C/D holds promise.
What do you think of the new upgrades coming to the Mitsubishi Motors lineup? Maybe not enough to replace the original Eclipse or Lancer sports car, but we’re still waiting to hear back on the automaker on the ultimate fate of the Lancer, or possibly the Lancer Cross. Join the discussion on Miami Lakes Mitsubishi social media..