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The first spy photos of the refreshed Eclipse Cross have popped up.

What really stands out from these photos is that not much has changed on the front end, but the back end looks significantly different than the current models. The two-window setup is gone and the spoiler with the LED strip is gone. Also based on the camo there appears to be changes with the side skirts too.








 

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Interesting Lunchbox. Its the rear window arrangement that makes the current model that bit different and separates it from the common herd.
Anyway good to know they are working on an update which I think include a Petrol Hybrid version.
That's for sharing the information.
Same wheels I see, which is good as I thick they are smart and clean very easily.
 

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Sorry I meant, Thanks for sharing the information 4.58PM here in the UK.
 

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It should be interesting. I think by removing the split rear window in favor of a single, they have actually reduced visibility. I hope it's just prototyping and not set yet. While the internet is full of windbags calling the EC an Aztec refresh, how many people have actually walked into a dealer and said "If it weren't for that rear window, I'd buy it right now." ?

Change is not necessarily progress.
 

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The rear brings to mind the Lancer Hatch layout which IMO was quite boring. The front, whilst similar styling overall, has more the lines of the Outlander series and doesn't have the flair exhibited with the first EC design. The smaller rear window is a negative for me as well. I've never had an issue with the split rear. I just envisage the entire image I see and mentally block out the interference seeing only one homogenous rear view. If this is the next generation I won't be too miffed as the current EC is what drew me to the model. This new iteration seems to be more of the same of the dower design features of others of the Mitsubishi stable. I'll follow developments with some interest.
 

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The rear brings to mind the Lancer Hatch layout which IMO was quite boring.
Here they called it the "sportback", but I have to disagree with you on the aesthetic. My wife had one and it was fun as well as practical, and IMHO quite good looking.
 

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Here they called it the "sportback", but I have to disagree with you on the aesthetic. My wife had one and it was fun as well as practical, and IMHO quite good looking.
Don't get me wrong. The overall styling was great. I loved the "jet intake" look front end of the range from that era but the tail always looked like it lacked something. Rather bland but the front and side views were very pleasing. YMMV...
 

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Hmmm. There did seem to be something a bit different although I can't put my finger on it. I've heard your "jet engine intake" also described as a dust buster, or inverted Audi, but I liked it on both the lancer and the bigger Outlander. It was distinctively Mitsubishi and rather unique. My only issue was someone in the next block had an Outlander that was the exact same trim level, model year and color as mine and we'd always do a double take as we passed each other.
 

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Yes, I think at the time it was "jet fighter style" as reported in the press of the day. They compared it to the air intake of the F-16 fighter. Enjoyed my Outlander for many years.
 

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I agree the rear window change would be a disappointment. I like the styling if there exterior. It's what pulled in my interest.
 

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That looks interesting, but I still don't like the generic-looking rear end. Especially the wiper, now stuck in the middle of the glass, where on the current models it's completely hidden from view.

Must all Japanese cars conform to the same design aesthetic? One of the things I've always like about Mitsubishis is their unique design sense and willingness to take a chance or two.
 

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That looks very volvo-esk back end. I guess it's not terrible. I don't love the silver triple panels on the bumper.
 

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Not my cup of tea overall. Joining the "also rans" styling. Current styling is out there with the Honda and Toyota vehicles but this new styling is nothing to raise it above the competition. It looks more like Mitsubishi has raised the white flag on this model refresh and surrendered in the hope of raising sales.
 

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Having owned and lived with the Eclipse Cross for 2 years now I have not had an issue with the split rear window and can only surmise if it's changed it's a cost cutting exercise.
 
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