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News Refreshed 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Breaks Cover

Refreshed 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Breaks Cover

No PHEV for the U.S. and Canada, however.

  • The 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross gets new styling, including a one-section rear window.

  • Bigger infotainment screen, new volume and tuning knobs, no more console touchpad.

  • Powertrain is unchanged, no plug-in hybrid for North America.

The 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has just been revealed with new front and rear styling, an updated infotainment system as well as new interior colours. Although a plug-in hybrid powertrain will appear in other markets, North America won’t be getting it for the time being.

The new Eclipse Cross boasts slimmer headlight clusters, underlined by thicker chrome boomerang-shaped accenting, reshaped fog lights and a more-aggressive lower bumper finish. The rear-end changes are more significant, with slimmed-down hips and a redesigned rear bumper, while the liftgate now presents new taillights and a one-piece rear window instead of the previous split-glass setup.

The 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross’ cabin is available with light gray leather seats and door panel trim, blending in nicely with the black colour scheme and silver accenting. A new infotainment system swaps the previous seven-inch touchscreen for a larger, eight-inch display that will come standard in all trim levels. In addition, said screen has been moved closer to the front-seat occupants so it can be accessed more easily. More good news: physical volume and tuning knobs have been added, which are much simpler to use while driving than flat, touch-sensitive button zones. Say goodbye to the fussy centre-console touchpad as well.

From a powertrain standpoint, nothing has changed. The Eclipse Cross is still equipped with a turbocharged, 1.5L four-cylinder engine that develops 152 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, matched to a continuously variable automatic transmission with a manual mode and wheel-mounted paddle shifters. A front-wheel drivetrain is standard in the United States, while in Canada, the brand’s capable S-AWC all-wheel drive system is standard—and optional in the USA. S-AWC can shift power front to back as needed, and from one rear wheel to the other to enhance grip.

Australia and New Zealand will be the first countries to get the refreshed 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, while the United States and Canada will be getting it in the first quarter of 2021. Pricing has not yet been announced, but the 2020 model-year compact crossover starts at $22,995 in the U.S. and $28,298 in Canada, freight and delivery charges not included. It competes with the Honda CR-V, the Mazda CX-5, the Hyundai Tucson, the Kia Sportage, the Toyota RAV4 and the Nissan Rogue, among others.

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