Older drivers will likely remember the stylish Eclipse sports coupe that ruled the road before leaving the market for good in 2012. Mitsubishi is reviving the name for a new vehicle, but it isn’t a sports coupe. The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will be a small, value-oriented crossover designed to offer drivers the best the industry has to offer.
The Eclipse Cross fits nicely between the existing Outlander Sport and Outlander with a similar wheelbase and 173.4-inch length. The next Outlander Sport is likely to shrink while the standard Outlander will grow, according to Mitsubishi.
The upcoming model features a sleek, attractive design and upscale interior designed to offer a new level of comfort. The standard 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine comes mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission and produces more than the Outlander’s 166 hp. The crossover will also feature the driver’s choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive configurations.
As for technology, the 2018 Eclipse Cross features available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a head-up display, and much more. The crossover will officially go on sale early next year; European markets will see the new vehicle sooner.
Spring is officially just a few weeks away, but here in Arizona we’re already enjoying ideal weather. That means it’s time to head outdoors now before temperatures reach triple-digits in a few months. Here are some great outdoor events near Tucson in March that you should consider adding to your calendar.
March 3-5 – Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention: Wander the streets of Old Tucson and you’ll feel like you’ve actually stepped back in time; arrive in a costume for even more fun. There will be train rides, concerts, street performers, and so much more.
March 1-April 2 – Arizona Renaissance Festival: Go back to the 16th century and watch jousting knights, watch actors perform live on stage, explore over 200 artisan stands, eat as many turkey legs as you can, and have a day filled with fun.
March 1-April 30 – Presidio Museum Walking Tours: This museum recreates the original Presidio, which encompassed about 11 acres of what is currently downtown Tucson. With these tours, you can get a more in-depth look at what daily life looked like in the late 1700s.
March 11-12 – Tucson Festival of Books: If you love books, be sure to head to this festival that will host more than 350 authors for panel discussions, presentations, and more. There will also be a special program for visitors of all ages.
Here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi, we are looking forward to heading outdoors this month and having some fun.
In just a few days, at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland, Mitsubishi is going to show off the latest addition to its lineup, a new Mitsubishi SUV, which will be called the Eclipse Cross.
The Eclipse name is borrowed from the popular, sporty coupe model that Mitsubishi sold from 1989 through 2011; the Cross part of the name is short for crossover. With this name, Mitsubishi aims to merge the two segments together into a dynamic form that drivers of all types can truly appreciate.
In the image Mitsubishi released when it announced the name, the Eclipse Cross is shown in a vivid high-saturation red, which Mitsubishi says is meant to evoke the brilliant color seen during a total solar eclipse.
Mitsubishi will officially unveil the new Eclipse Cross on March 7th at 11:15am, which is 3:15am here in Tucson. So, when we wake up that day, we’ll get the full details for this all-new Mitsubishi model. Size-wise, it will fit in between the Outlander and Outlander Sport. We also know that it will be powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
Driving at night can be dangerous due to low visibility, nocturnal animals, and more. That’s why we’ve put together these tips for driving at night, from the basics to more complex issues.
According to Popular Mechanics, one of the best things to do is aim your headlights. Not all drivers realize that your headlights are actually adjustable, but this is a great way to improve visibility. You can find the instructions in your owner’s manual, but we do suggest bringing your car to a specially trained technician. Adjusting them too high can blind other drivers, which can create serious issues.
Spend some time dimming your dash and instrument panel. Most modern cars let you easily adjust the lighting on your dash display. If you can’t find the buttons, consult the manual. We suggest spending a few minutes at night to adjust the brightness levels—usually dimmer is better. Also, be sure to avoid using map/dome lights when driving at night, as this can disperse light into your eyes and all around the cabin.
Look for animals when driving at night as well. The best way to do this is to look for their eyes, as racoons, deer, and other animals’ retinas reflect your headlights. Remember, if you see one deer, there are likely more nearby. Dusk and dawn are often the busiest times for animal activity.
Finally, don’t stare at oncoming lights. Some drivers have extremely bright headlights. If they are blinding, look at the white line on the side of the road until they pass. If the driver behind you is shining their headlights into your rearview mirror, you can tilt it down about 45 degrees for some relief.
Mitsubishi is teaming up with Nissan to develop some cutting edge green technologies. Now that Nissan has a controlling stake in the Mitsubishi Corporation, the company will be using some of the innovative platforms found in Nissan-Renault electric vehicles. This could be the breakthrough many green advocates have been waiting for.
According to CNET, Mitsubishi EV technologies are set to get a boost from some innovative Nissan and Renault designs, including the LEAF and Zoe platforms. These two models come with next-generation technologies, including lithium-ion battery-storage systems, electric motors, and more. When paired with existing Mitsubishi technologies, including the innovative i-MiEV system, the new partnership between Nissan and Mitsubishi is especially promising.
“We welcomed Mitsubishi Motors into the Nissan family, and they already have the Outlander PHEV,” said Takashi Shirawa, head of Nissan European R&D. “The next-generation product range may be shared with that, but this is just the beginning of the discussion as nothing has been decided yet.”
In other words, little is official when it comes to new vehicles and designs. However, we do know that the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid is the best-selling PHEV model in Europe, and it’s likely to appear in the US as an exciting new alternative in the crossover segment. We can’t wait to see what happens over the course of the next year or so, especially in terms of green technologies.
The Mitsubishi Outlander is a favorite compact SUV of enthusiasts and the average driver alike. The current generation has been around for a while, which led to many believing that the next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander was right around the corner. Now the next-generation Outlander has been spotted testing and the spy photos are pretty revealing.
The new model will take cues from the 2013 and 2015 XR-PHEV concepts, a welcome move, given the brand’s skilled hand in styling. The look won’t be quite as sporty but the front end and sloping roof are here to stay.
The next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander will likely be more compact to compete with models like the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V.
Several photos gave a sneak peek at the interior, which features a new layout with the infotainment touchscreen on top and plenty of chrome and silver details.
The new Outlander will likely come stocked with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. A new plug-in hybrid model is also rumored as well. Both models will come with front-wheel drive. Rumors of an all-electric Outlander have been flurrying around the industry but there’s no confirmation from Mitsubishi yet.