2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross facelift officially debuts – updated styling; new PHEV powertrain available

Mitsubishi has unveiled the facelifted Eclipse Cross, which is set to go on sale in Australia and New Zealand in November this year, followed by the United States in the first quarter of 2021.

The mid-cycle refresh brings with it changes to the front and rear ends of the compact SUV, with the most significant seen on the latter. Here, the previous full-width taillights and split rear windscreen are gone, replaced with vertical L-shaped clusters and a single pane of glass.

To go along with these revisions, there’s also a reshaped tailgate that helps reduce the stubby look of the pre-facelift model’s tail. Further downwards, the rear bumper is now primarily black (or body-coloured in other markets) and sports a skid plate-like element for a sense of ruggedness.

This look is replicated at the front on the bumper, which is accompanied a revamped lighting setup. There’s still a two-tier setup as before, but the slimmer upper portion now only contains the LED daytime running lights.

Meanwhile, the main lighting units have been moved further down, with oval housings with chrome detailing to ensure you know where they are. Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield face remains present as before, but with some tweaks like fine hexagonal perforations for the narrower upper grille, along with a honeycomb mesh insert beneath it.

Inside, the infotainment system display has grown in size from seven to eight inches and features a new interface and physical volume and tuning knobs. The previous touchpad, which looked a little out of place, has also been ditched, so interfacing with the system is done via a touchscreen that is brought closer to occupants.

For the US market, the Eclipse Cross will be powered by a 1.5 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 152 hp and 249 Nm of torque. This is paired with a CVT and two- or all-wheel drive – the latter being Mitsubishi’s Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) system.

A plug-in hybrid powertrain will also be part of the line-up, although this won’t be offered in the US. This setup is said to be lifted from the larger Outlander PHEV, and consists of a 2.4 litre four-cylinder with two electric motors.

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