Mitsubishi names new SUV ahead of Geneva debut

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Mitsubishi names new SUV ahead of Geneva debut

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

"Eclipse is a word used to describe an astronomical event", the Japanese automaker continued.

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.

The new crossover will officially debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

The new compact SUV supposedly employs coupelike styling and a deep red paint that Mitsubishi says "evokes the brilliance of the prominence seen during the total solar eclipse".

The new Eclipse Cross has some styling cues which are similar to the latest Mitsubishi Outlander, but the auto has a more coupe-like profile than either that or the more compact ASX. It features a wedge-shaped belt line, an aggressive character crease on the side, a more steeply-raked rear window and heavily flared front and rear fenders. The upcoming compact crossover will also adopt a "coupe SUV" style with a sloping roofline and muscular proportions. On the road, the Eclipse Cross will emanate a sharp and active appearance.

Full details on the Eclipse Cross will have to wait until its official reveal, but we do know that engineering for this new model was done in-house by Mitsubishi, with no help from its new corporate partner Nissan.

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