When Mitsubishi Motors brought the Eclipse back from the grave, it did so in a way not many fans of the once sports car were expecting – a crossover. Not an SUV, not a hatchback, and definitely not a sports car, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross came with some backlash, but that didn’t stop the new model from paving a way for the first of new and upcoming models from the automaker. Over the last several years, especially after joining Renault and Nissan into the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Mitsubishi Motors is trying to find itself. After disappearing for the 2021 model year, the Eclipse Cross returns for 2022 with a new sense of self and the looks to prove it.
What’s New for 2022?
Mitsubishi Motors has been integrating a new Dynamic Shield into the models of its lineup, a new face that will set a pattern for all models. The Mitsubishi Outlander and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport first wore the new Dynamic Shield with slimmer headlights and a new grille with a honeycomb pattern. A combination of lights are at each corner to join the illumination at the front of the vehicle. The new design also adds a little extra interior space.
Speaking of which, the interior is made to last for years to come. As we mentioned, Mitsubishi Motors is trying new things, like the touchpad next to the driver used to control the infotainment system. Not the most intuitive device when everything else is via touchscreen. For 2022, the touchpad has been removed, and now we get a 7-inch touchscreen display. It’s also a little lower and closer to the driver for ease of use.
Returning for 2022
The 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross brings back the same 152-horse powered, 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine found in the 2020 model. Able to generate 184 lb-ft of torque, this engine won’t be winning any rally races, but it works well for this crossover. All of the power is transferred to the wheels via an 8-speed continuously variable transmission (CVT). Mitsubishi has been using this transmission in many of their models for years, keeping the switching between gears smooth instead of that chugging along pulling feeling old cars had when switching into a higher gear. It also helps with fuel efficiency, with the last reported EPA a combined 28 mpg. Select trims will also have a handle on any kind of road condition with improved control, thanks to Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel-Control all-wheel-drive (AWD) system.
Aside from the new front fascia and some small changes to the rear, there aren’t many aesthetic changes to the 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. This model does still offer great features to improve the comfort and convenience of the crossover, including steering wheel controls, 4-way adjustable passenger seat, a 60/40 split fold-down rear seat bench, a rearview camera, and a dual-pane power panoramic sunroof. Even more upgrades can be found on the high-end trims, such as heated front seats, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, and more.
As mentioned, a 7-inch display is the standard, but past the ES base trim level, things open up. These 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross models come with an 8-inch smartphone link display audio system with Apple CarPlay and Google Android capabilities, a heads-up display, and 3-month All Access trial for SiriusXM. Standard features include a 4-speaker system (six speaker system on the SE and SEL trim), HD Radio, Bluetooth wireless technology, and steering wheel audio and phone controls (voice added after ES trim level).Interested in what makes the 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross tick? Come to Miami Lakes Automall for a test drive today.