Is there anything interesting about its design?
A shrinking violet this car is not. Put the XR-PHEV concept cars next to the production Eclipse Cross and their close evolutionary relationship is clear.
Specifically, the aggressive ‘Dynamic Shield’ nose treatment, complete with angry, angular headlights and jagged chrome highlights outlining gigantic apertures for the fog lights and indicators.
Then there’s the dramatically chiselled trench running from the middle of the front door, in parallel with the lower edge of the side windows towards the rear, balanced by a distinct character line below it.
That deepening channel turns the corner at the rear of the car where it meets with a suitably asymmetric and complex light cluster, which in turn connects with a raised bridge dividing dual rear windows, housing an extended tail and stoplight bar (with a roof spoiler above, and a faux diffuser below). Suffice it to say there’s a lot going on.
Climb inside and although things are more conventional, pointy surrounds still extend from each side of the air vents in the centre stack, and bright metallic-finish elements that define the upper and lower sections of the dash morph into flying buttresses that sweep down to form the edge of the lower console.
A 7.0-inch media screen stands proud on the dashtop, and a small two-piece hood forms a Star Wars-ey cover for the instrument binnacle. Each to their own of course, but overall, it feels like an arm wrestle between curves and angles ended in stalemate.