Mitsubishi debuts Eclipse Cross concepts with improved looksby Ben Hsu
Surprisingly subdued, they would make fine additions to Mitsubishi showrooms.
Despite having just launched, Mitsubishi is already showing off some new concepts of its Eclipse Cross. Two official versions have debuted at the Tokyo Auto Salon, Japan's showcase of aftermarket automotive trends.
The first snazzier of the two is the Eclipse Cross Premium Sports Concept. Often at SEMA-esque events, even factory "customs" can be quite outlandish. Mitsubishi, however, took the stock Eclipse Cross and updated it with a subtle changes in the front bumper and rocker panel garnish. By unifying these elements with the body color, the design looks much more cohesive and is actually quite handsome.
The grille is also darkened rather than a strong contrast chrome. Though mechanically nothing has changed, larger 20-inch Rays wheels in Yokohama 245/40-ZR20 tires fill out the wheel wells nicely. The stock version has always looked rather top heavy with overly wide wheel gaps.
The second version is called the Field Athlete Concept, and is adopts a (very) slightly more rugged stance with 18-inch off road wheels wrapped in Yokohama's capable Geolandar All-Terrain tires. It's finished in a bronze metallic color that is not available on the stock Eclipse Cross. The door garnish has darkened chrome as well, providing less of a glaring contrast with the body color.
Both go a long way to improving the looks of Mitsubishi's newest crossover. Perhaps the Premium Sports Concept should be the one available in showrooms right from the beginning.