Mitsubishi has given the Eclipse Cross a facelift and some minor updates. But the big news is that a PHEV (Plugin Hybrid Vehicle) has been added to the range.

The styling is aimed at giving it a sporty SUV appearance. The front has Mitsubishi’s signature Dynamic Shield a new bumper and and refreshed light layout.

The rear hatch and window not only has more style but also improved rear visibility because there’s now has a single piece of glass, not two.

Inside there’s a new black interior with silver accents and light grey leather seats. The door trims also coordinate with the car seat colour.

A new 8-inch smartphone-link display audio is now standard to give the driver a better view and easier operation. The screen has been moved closer to the driver and front-seat passenger for ease of use, and now incorporates volume and turning knobs for fast reference.

The newest version of the PHEV powertrain consists of one front and one rear high-power electric motor, a large-capacity drive battery and a 2.4-litre MIVEC engine with a single-speed planetary gearbox.

The Eclipse Cross with the petrol engine will reach us in November, the release date of the PHEV is rather vague, Mitsubishi Australia saying, “some time in 2021”. We will arrange road test versions of both models and report on them shortly afterwards.

Full specifications and prices will also be released in November.

About Alistair Kennedy

Alistair Kennedy is Automotive News Service and Marque Publishing's business manager and the company's jack-of-all-trades. An accountant by profession, he designs the Marque range of motoring book titles, operates the company's motoring bookshop on the NSW Central Coast and the associated web site, as well as its huge digital and hard copy database. Whenever we can escape from the office he does so to cover new vehicle releases and contributes news stories. Alistair's other interests include cricket and family history on which he has written three books.
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