2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Adds Visual, Practical Appeal
Mitsubishi is making changes to its small Eclipse Cross SUV for the 2022 model year. Chief among them is reworked styling front and rear, giving the stubby little crossover a more substantial and balanced appearance.
In front, Mitsubishi characterizes the changes to the 2022 Eclipse Cross as an evolution of the automaker’s Dynamic Shield design language. The entire front fascia is new, with a fresh take on lighting elements and revisions to the lower air intake and bumper to make the Eclipse Cross look wider and lower to the ground.
New machined-finish, split-spoke aluminum wheels debut and the first photos of the 2022 Eclipse Cross suggest that the top trim level will swap much of its lower gray cladding for body-color trim. The SUV’s fenders, doors, hood, and greenhouse all carry over into 2022.
Around back, Mitsubishi banishes the Eclipse Cross’s bizarre split rear window treatment and basket handle taillights, replacing them with a more conventional design. The result is a dramatically more appealing look with a claimed improvement in rear visibility from the driver’s seat. The revised liftgate, bumper, and taillights also make the Eclipse Cross look longer, wider, and lower while adding some much-needed visual weight to the rear of the SUV.
Changes to the interior are not as dramatic. A larger 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system is now standard, repositioned closer to the driver and passenger while adding stereo volume and tuning knobs. The touchpad controller on the center console is gone, replaced with more storage for everyday items. Newly available light gray leather seats and door panel trim gives the Eclipse Cross a more upscale, high-contrast interior option.
Mitsubishi will continue to use a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine in the 2022 Eclipse Cross. It makes 152 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque, the latter available from 2,000 rpm to 3,500 rpm. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) with a Sport driving mode feeds the power to the front wheels, and Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel-drive system is an option. Revised suspension tuning should improve the 2022 Eclipse Cross’s ride and handling.
The Eclipse Cross will also continue to offer one of the best warranty and roadside assistance packages of any small SUV.
Mitsubishi is the source of information in this article. It was accurate on October 15, 2020, but it may have changed since that date.