TOKYO -- Mitsubishi will resurrect the Eclipse name in the new compact crossover to be unveiled next month at the Geneva auto show.
The vehicle will be called the Eclipse Cross in a nod to a sporty coupe that helped build the brand's reputation for performance.
"The Eclipse Cross's beautiful, dynamic form serves to bring about the same sense of excitement and inspiration as the diamond ring seen immediately before and after a total solar eclipse does," the Japanese carmaker said. The new vehicle's high-saturation red body color, Mitsubishi added, will evoke the brilliance of the sun's halo flaring from behind the moon.
A rendering of the crossover shows a sportback silhouette with an aggressive character crease cutting under the windows from the rear taillights to the front doors.
Mitsubishi began making the Eclipse in 1989 and eventually introduced a Spyder variant, both of which were manufactured in the U.S. It ended production of the Eclipse, Eclipse Spyder and Endeavor SUV in 2011 to cut costs and reconfigure its lineup around utility vehicles.