The SUV iteration of the well-known nameplate has been in use for a while. This crossover was introduced to the North American market in 2018 and we already saw a redesign in 2022. The new model came with significant changes, so we would normally expect no bigger changes for the 2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, which will represent the third production year. However, it looks like the Japanese manufacturer thinks differently and prepares some big updates.
Rumors suggest two big updates for the next year. One of them could be the introduction of a new trim level, with exclusive styling details. Also, there’s a chance to see a new powertrain option, which would offer more power and better fuel economy. On the other hand, the overall design is about to remain the same, with familiar design and features that have been characterizing this model in the last few years.
We expect that the 2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross could arrive sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Design
As we already mentioned, the 2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross might come with some updates. Although the offices are still quiet, some sources suggest that the next year’s model could come with a new trim level, similar to the Black Edition that was introduced for the Japanese market this year. That version features a lot of exclusive details, such as blacked grille, skid plates, side skirts, and mirror caps, as well as unique blacked wheels.
Other than the new trim level, we don’t believe that the next year’s Eclipse Cross shouldn’t feature bigger changes. The overall layout should remain the same, with the same layout and driving experience. This crossover offers a smooth and comfortable ride, though we can’t say it’s the most athletic vehicle in the class.
The same is with the interior design, which would benefit in terms of new exclusive details in the case the company offers Black Edition in North America. This trim level comes with a couple of exclusive interior details, mostly in terms of a black and dark silver color scheme, applied to the dashboard, center console, instrument cluster, door cards etc.
The rest of the lineup would continue with the same interior layout, which offers relatively decent overall quality but doesn’t feel particularly appealing. Rivals like Honda CR-V look more upscale, whether it’s about aesthetics or materials choice, while the amount of tech features isn’t particularly impressive either.
The front seats are spacious and comfortable, with good side support. On the other hand, the second row is generous with legroom but taller passengers may have some trouble with the second-row headroom, due to the sloping roofline. The cargo area offers around 23.4 cubic feet of room behind the rear seats and 50.1 cubic feet f the total cargo volume, which is way below segment standards. If cargo volume is one of your main concerns, you should consider the slightly bigger Outlander, which offers nearly 80 cubic feet of the total cargo volume.
We don’t expect to see significant changes in this aspect. Most things should remain the same as in the current model, which comes standard with goodies like a 7-inch touch screen, a four-speaker stereo, HD Radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, automatic climate control etc.
Among optional features, you can find goodies like an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, a six- or eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, additional USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control and push-button start.
2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Engines
The powertrain is currently one of the weakest points of the Eclipse Cross. There is just one powertrain option on offer, a 2.0-liter inline-four with a max output of 152 horsepower. As you may presume, driving dynamics aren’t particularly great but that wouldn’t be a big problem if the engine would be efficient. Unfortunately, the engine doesn’t shine in this aspect either, with 25 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
Therefore, the Japanese manufacturer might offer a new powertrain option, with a plug-in hybrid setup. That model would feature a system based on a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which comes in a combination with a couple of electric motors. The combined output goes around 188 horsepower, while the system also includes a 13.8-kWh battery pack, which provides around 38 miles of the all-electric range.
2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will arrive sometime in the last quarter of the year, with a starting of around 25.000 dollars. On the other hand, the launch date and price are yet to be announced for the hybrid version.