The publication of a first glimpse of the future Eclipse Cross showed that Mitsubishi was preparing a refresh of its SUV. It’s now official, with the release of the first images of the 2022 model.
The first change that is obvious is obviously the revised design. Up front, this is a modernization but not a revolution. We still see thinner headlights, a revised bumper incorporating larger lights and a more worked surface.
But it is especially at the rear that we note the most obvious change. It must be said that the complicated shapes and the large red bar that joined the taillights were far from unanimous. The now slick tailgate takes on a more consensual style and the one-piece rear window should improve visibility.
The tail lights are also different, and are not unlike those of the Nissan Kicks.
Goodbye to the touchpad!
Inside, the changes are less important. Mitsubishi announces a new color scheme between the interior of the doors and the seats, which it is difficult to appreciate the difference in photos.
On the other hand, we immediately notice the new 8-inch touchscreen at the top of the dashboard, whose heating and ventilation controls remain unchanged.
This new screen, larger and with a modernized interface, also incorporates two buttons for adjusting the volume of the radio and tuning stations. Thanks to its new controls, Mitsubishi also took the opportunity to remove the touchpad housed on the center console. Its operation being unpleasant and not very intuitive, the manufacturer did well to get rid of it.
Mitsubishi has not announced any major changes to its engine or all-wheel drive. So it’s still the 1.5-liter turbocharged (152 hp / 184 lb-ft) engine mated to the same CVT.
First sold in Australia and New Zealand, the 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will arrive in Canadian dealerships in the first quarter of 2021. However, the PHEV plug-in hybrid version, available in other markets, will not be offered with us. Pity…