The anticipated Mitsubishi utility vehicle to be introduced at the Geneva International Motor Show is the cause of speculation about its name, with some speculating it would be an Outlander and others speculating it may be a Sportback, and therefore tied to the Lancer name.
However, it looks as if it’s going to be tanking on the Eclipse name. Remember the Eclipse? Unlike the Outlander Sport, which is a utility vehicle, and Sportback, which could be elevated to utility vehicle stature, the Eclipse was far removed from a utility vehicle as you could probably get.
Built in Normal, Illinois and sold in coupe and convertible bodystyles to the sum total of 1.4 million units between 1989 and 2012, the last Eclipse rolled off the assembly line in 2011 as a 2012 model. But now Mitsubishi is planning to resurrect the Eclipse name on the new crossover that’s going to slot into the Mitsubishi line-up between the Outlander and the RVR (Outlander and Outlander Sport in the US), calling it Eclipse Cross. It will be aimed primarily at the Nissan Qashqai that is being introduced to North America (renamed Rogue Sport in the US).
The choice to resurrect the name included many variables, including the stylish coupe-like roofline and the tie into an anticipated astronomical event.
Of course, the company release accompanying the latest teaser images goes considerably farther, pointing to the “beautiful dynamic form” that brings “about the same sense of excitement and inspiration as the diamond ring seen immediately before and after a total solar eclipse.”
The show model will be painted a deep gloss red metallic, reportedly developed exclusively for the model, which the company says is meant to evoke the shades witnessed during a total eclipse.
More information on the new Eclipse Cross will be released at its unveiling.