Today, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is one of the Mitsubishi brand’s most popular crossover models. Yet, the Eclipse doesn’t always resemble the vehicle sold on dealership lots these days. In fact, it wasn’t even originally a crossover at all. Introduced back in 1990, the Mitsubishi Eclipse nameplate has a long and interesting history behind it.
Mitsubishi Eclipse First Generation (1990-1994)
Back in the late 1980s, Mitsubishi was looking to introduce a compact coupe model to the shores of North America. That vehicle finally reached realization in the year 1990 with the introduction of the Mitsubishi Eclipse. This model was an instant success for Mitsubishi, appearing on Car and Driver’s “10 Best List” four years in a row.
Mitsubishi Eclipse Second Generation (1995-1999)
In order to keep up with changing safety requirements, Mitsubishi introduced a new iteration of the Eclipse staring in 1995. The second-generation Eclipse underwent a minor style refresh in 1997 as well, halfway through its four-year tenure.
Mitsubishi Eclipse Third Generation (2000-2005)
A new millennium meant a new Mitsubishi Eclipse model. The third-generation Mitsubishi Eclipse model reflected the automotive styling of the new century. It was during the lifespan of this model that Mitsubishi also introduced the Eclipse Spyder model to American audiences.
Mitsubishi Eclipse Fourth Generation (2006-2012)
The fourth generation of the Mitsubishi Eclipse started out as the Mitsubishi E-boost concept. Reception to this concept was so positive that Mitsubishi decided to incorporate it into its lineup via the Eclipse nameplate. Unfortunately, the fourth generation of the Mitsubishi Eclipse would be its last turn as a coupe. Eclipse production officially ended in August of 2011.
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross (2017-Present)
Roughly five years after the cancellation of the original Mitsubishi Eclipse, Mitsubishi decided to revive the nameplate for a new crossover vehicle. With the current consumer trend toward crossovers and SUVs still ever present, the Eclipse Cross was an instant success, while staying true to the sporty feel of the original Eclipse.
You can explore how the legacy of the Mitsubishi Eclipse lives on in the Eclipse Cross with a visit to Clarksburg Mitsubishi.