Mitsubishi is making a few adjustments to tone down the new Eclipse Cross SUV that is expected to go on sale in the United States early next year as a 2022 model.
Most noticeable in the latest batch of styling updates is at the rear, which now has a more conventional hatch instead of the split rear-window design reminiscent of the Pontiac Aztek. The more modern-looking front end, meanwhile, gets a few changes on the grille shape, bumper, and headlights.
For the interior, the Eclipse Cross features new upholstery and trim options, including gray leather. It also comes with an updated infotainment screen—now bigger at 8 inches—and moved closer to the driver and passenger for easier access. The screen is placed in between the volume and tuning knobs, which is another welcome upgrade for customers.
As for the powertrain, Mitsubishi confirmed it is not making any changes and will be keeping the turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-four engine that delivers 152 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque. The inline-four will be issued as standard equipment as well as a continuously variable transmission and front-wheel-drive. An all-wheel-drive is available as an option.
While there are no available images of the US-spec small crossover, units are likely going to be similar to the Australian model save for the steering wheel placement.
Pricing has not been released, but the cost for the 2022 Eclipse Cross is expected to increase from the $24,190 starting price of the current 2020 ES model with a front-wheel-drive.