The upcoming 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV will become the brand’s second plug-in hybrid. It will be released in August, with three models, a 34-mile electric range, and a projected starting price of less than $40,000. The Eclipse Cross mid-size SUV is getting a nice facelift and the PHEV variant will wear the latest cosmetic upgrades too.
The second Mitsubishi’s PHEV is the Outlander SUV, coming next year as the next-gen model. Three Eclipse Cross PHEV variations will be available in the Philippines as well. That includes the fleet-focused ES, the mid-range Aspire, and the range-topping Exceed version. All variants are offering a different level of luxury and features, but the same 1.5-liter turbo gasoline engine is under the hood.
2022 Eclipse Cross PHEV Facelift
The manufacturer has given the Eclipse Cross a stylistic update for 2022 after missing the 2021MY. The front and back sections of the all-new 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV will be revised. The distinctive split-back window design of previous model years has been replaced with a more streamlined liftgate.
The new front and rear bumpers added 5.5 inches to the overall length of the Eclipse Cross. The Eclipse Cross model appears to be quite contemporary and athletic. The new model will be bigger, but this will have no effect on the SUV’s sporty appearance. Like always before, the PHEV variant won’t depart from the regular version in terms of design.
Interior Looks Premium and Modern
The 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV offers a pleasant interior with plenty of standard features. For starters, we were impressed by the lack of low-cost materials. While the padding is adequate, we are disappointed by the absence of lumbar support in this model. The Eclipse Cross has enough storage space for a small family.
However, if there are more than three passengers on board, the cubby cargo area becomes restricted. In terms of technology, the Eclipse Cross has a standard 7-inch display. The bigger 8-inch unit is in use in the LE, SE, and SEL trim levels. If you want more luxury, Aspire trim level is a good choice, while the Exceed variant is the most luxurious model available.
Hybrid Specs, MPG
Under the hood, the new 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will hide a 2.4-liter gasoline engine. This engine solely produces 126 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque. On top of that, the rear electric motor will add 94 horsepower and 144 lb-ft of torque.
Furthermore, the front e-motor provides 80 hp and 101 lb-ft of twisting power. Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV comes with a 13.8-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, providing around 34 miles of all-electric driving range. Fuel economy ratings are not available yet, unfortunately.
2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV Price, Release Date
The forthcoming 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV will start below $40,000, but we are still waiting to hear the official price. On the other hand, the range-topping Exceed trim level will cost almost $50,000. The sales will reportedly begin this August in Australia.