2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross refreshes interior and rework rear end

The 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Compact Crossover SUV has been restyled inside and outside, Mitsubishi announced Thursday.

The update is shorter in length and height than the Eclipse Cross and follows more 2020 Outlander Sport updates in terms of budget. Mitsubishi also manufactures a larger Outlander three-row SUV.

Launched in 2018 to compete with the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, the Eclipse Cross has a new look with a redesigned light. The all-black grille is surrounded by C-shaped chrome design elements on both sides that house the stacked headlights. At the top of either C, a narrow daytime running light runs along the C, along the sides of the upper fender.

A more notable and welcome change is in the rear where the rear windshield, which was split in half by the light bar that houses the third safety light, is gone. And so will the association where the rear of the SUV looked like the Toyota Prius. The rear roof spoiler has embedded safety lights and the tail lights extend the lift gate, making it look more like an SUV than a mashup. Perhaps most importantly, the rear-view and rear-view mirrors are easy to see.

The new interior welcomes 2022 Eclipse Cross shoppers. The black leather and wide black plastic panels available are offset by the plastic silver pieces on the console and center stack, all rendering it as a worthwhile play. The size of the touchscreen has increased from 7.0 inches to 8.0 inches, and Mitsubishi says it is mounted on the dashboard closer to the rider in the front seats. There are also volume and tuning knobs, and the console touchpad has been removed.

The Eclipse Cross uses the same 152-horsepower 1.5-liter turbo 4 as the all-wheel drive 2020 Eclipse Cross in a front-wheel drive continuously variable transmission. Get a total of 27 EPA-rated 26mpg cities, 29 highways, and 27.

Manufactured in Japan, the 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross was launched in the United States in early 2021.

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