Mitsubishi may be resurrecting the Eclipse name, but not as we know it, and we think it’s going to have sports car fans everywhere welling up with tears.
The Japanese carmaker has released a teaser image of its all-new crossover due to be revealed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March.
The red silhouette gives a glimpse of Mitsubishi’s compact SUV which will sit between the car maker’s ASX and Outlander.
This will be the first crossover in Mitsubishi’s fleet, but at this stage, there’s very little we actually know.
The teaser image and accompanying press release reveal the crossover will have some similarities to the existing Outlander, and takes styling cues from the electric Mitsubishi EX Concept.
“Styling features include a wedge-shaped belt line, a forceful character line running through the side, a more steeply raked rear window, and a long wheelbase with short rear overhand proportions,” Mitsubishi said in an announcement.
It makes sense for the automaker to enter the booming compact SUV market, where the ASX is currently the most popular in the segment in Australia, marginally leading the Mazda CX-3.
The all-new Mitsubishi is rumoured to be taking the Eclipse name, which previously belonged the brand’s compact sports car, of which a 1995 model was featured in the Hollywood blockbuster The Fast and the Furious. While popular in the US, the car never made it to Australian shores.
The Geneva Motor Show is scheduled for 7 March, 2017, so we’ll have to wait and see whether the automaker has decided to revive the cult name in an entirely new form.