Yep, Mitsubishi's New SUV is Named the Eclipse Cross

New Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross named and revealed

Called the Eclipse Cross, the new name could eventually translate to the Japanese auto maker's best-selling vehicle in Australia.

Although the Eclipse name is being attached to a different class of vehicle, Mitsubishi styled the new crossover with the original Eclipse in mind.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse is back, only this time around it's an SUV and has a "Cross" attached to its name. Fans of the sports vehicle would know that the second generation Eclipse was featured and immortalized in the 2001 movie "The Fast and the Furious" and driven by Brian O'Connor played by the late Paul Walker.

The new compact SUV will be added to MMC's crossover SUV line-up which now comprises the ASX compact SUV, and the Outlander and Outlander PHEV midsize SUVs.

The design may be all-new, but the Eclipse name most certainly isn't: Mitsubishi sold the two-door Eclipse coupe (below) in the United States from 1989 to 2012.

Mitsubishi has already previewed a new compact SUV destined for the Geneva motor show next month, but now the company has just confirmed it will be called the Eclipse Cross. The latter part, in turn, stands for "crossover". With the overwhelming demand for SUVs and crossovers, Mitsubishi Motors has shifted its focus on producing more SUVs in their lineup. The Eclipse Cross features steep rear windows, a sloping roofline at the rear, and a sporty and chiseled front.

The Qashqai's £18,500 starting price is the one to watch though, and Mitsubishi has a fairly clear target at which to pitch its Eclipse Cross.

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