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New Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 2021 goes hybrid

Mitsubishi's Eclipse Cross will be the brand's second model to receive a plug-in hybrid electric powertrain.

Mitsubishi has confirmed its facelifted Eclipse Cross SUV will arrive before the April 2021 with a plug-in hybrid powertrain to tempt buyers away from the Toyota C-HR Hybrid.

However, the Japanese car maker stopped short of confirming details – or even exterior design – opting for a shadowy teaser image and promises of a “radically changed front and rear”.

Styling elements will be drawn from the e-Evolution concept from the 2017 Tokyo Motor show though, so expect sharp edges and sleek styling for the new Eclipse Cross.

Powertrain details are also kept under wraps for now, but it is likely the new Eclipse Cross will borrow from the existing Outlander PHEV, which sports a 94kW/199NM 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with two electric motors.

The Outlander PHEV sends drive to all four wheels via a continuously variable automatic transmission for a fuel consumption figure of 1.9 litres per 100km, while the all-electric driving range is 54km.

Expect slightly improved figures for the smaller and lighter Eclipse Cross though as Mitsubishi improves its plug-in hybrid technology.