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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Spied—Yep, Still a Crossover

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Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Teaser

As you may have heard, Mitsubishi recently announced—to the moan and groan of car enthusiasts around the world—that its new upcoming crossover would be named the Eclipse Cross after the beloved and discontinued Mitsubishi Eclipse sports car.

The Eclipse Cross will launch as a 2018 model and make its international debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, but no matter how many precautious car manufacturers take, it’s rare for cars to escape the notice of spy photographers. The Eclipse Cross was no exception to this, as Motor Authority’s crafty minions caught the model testing on snowy roads in full camouflage, which means that for the first time we were able to see the crossover in action on the road ahead of its upcoming debut, and not just in the automaker’s teaser images.

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If you were half-heartedly hoping the joke would end and Mitsubishi would reveal its upcoming Eclipse-badged vehicle had actually been a coupe all along and we had simply fallen for the trick—gotcha!—then you may want to pack your bags and give up on the brand once and for all. Yep, it’s definitely a crossover.

Alright…even if we disagree with the name, we still ought to give the new vehicle a chance, especially given that it’s the first new Mitsubishi vehicle launch in what feels like an age. It may even turn out to be a worthwhile buy if the rumors of an Evolution version are accurate, which would combine S-AWC all-wheel-drive with plug-in hybrid power and an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.

In any case, we’ll learn all about it very soon. Stay tuned for our coverage of the Geneva Motor Show in two weeks!

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Source: Motor Authority