This one’s a bit of a twist. The Eclipse moniker is back and it isn’t an updated version of its iconic sports coupe. It is back in the form of a Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV). This is the vehicle that Mitsubishi hopes will grow sales globally for the brand with its vibrant and defiant design that also boasts Mitsubishi’s proprietary Super All-Wheel Control system, a panoramic sunroof and direct-injection turbo engine.

There is no mistaking the Eclipse Cross for anything else but a Mitsubishi. The design is sharp and in line with all of their latest product updates and it sits comfortably between the ASX and the Outlander in Mitsubishi’s CUV line-up.

The Eclipse Cross is aimed at the discerning car buyer who wants style, features and comfort without breaking the bank. It gets a frugal 1.5-liter direct-injection turbocharged engine that offers a good combination of drivability, performance and efficiency. It delivers 152hp at 5,500 rpm and 250Nm of torque at 2,000rpm.

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The interior of the Eclipse Cross represents a new design direction for Mitsubishi. The top-of-the-line variant we drove for this review felt top notch with good quality plastics and the fit and finish seemed above par.

The range-topping variants come equipped with Mitsubishi’s proprietary, advanced S-AWC (Super All-Wheel Control) system, which is designed to deliver good straight-line stability and cornering performance by precisely controlling the torque supplied to each of the four wheels.

The top-of-the-line variant comes with a whole host of safety features including eight airbags.

The Eclipse Cross starts at AED 73,000 and comes in three variants. It competes head to head with Toyota’s Rav4 and Nissan’s Juke which are key players in this segment.