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The Mitsubishi Eclipse Is Returning…As an SUV Named Eclipse Cross

Mitsubishi trades the compact sport coupe set for crossover buyers who like Yacht Rock-inspired names.

Mitsubishi claims the first part of the name of its new Eclipse Cross SUV, set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month, stems from “a word used to describe an astronomical event.” The latter part, in turn, stands for “crossover.” But considering Mitsubishi is slandering a name once applied to a series of entertaining, affordable sports coupes and applying it to a soft-roader, we at The Drive declare that we hereby consider the latter name to instead be an homage to smoothtastic yacht rocker Christopher Cross

Based on both Mitsubishi’s press release and the pictures the carmaker has already put out (which we digitally lightened up a bit and embedded below), it seems the new Eclipse Cross will be a fairly small sport-ute. We at The Drive don’t know if we’d go so far as to describe it as “beautiful, dynamic form” that evokes “the same sense of excitement and inspiration as the diamond ring seen immediately before and after a total solar eclipse does,” but considering the company is trying to get the world jazzed up for yet another crossover—one that kind of looks like a new Honda CR-V from the rear—we’ll forgive them a bit of hyperbole. 


The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will be sailing into the Geneva Motor Show on March 7th.