Mitsubishi will launch its new Eclipse Cross compact SUV in Europe ahead of other global markets.
The Eclipse Cross is a "globally strategic model that will be shipped first to Europe in the fall this year, and then rolled out in Japan, North America, Australia and other regions," the automaker said in a statement.
Mitsubishi released new pictures of the SUV ahead of its debut at the Geneva auto show on March 7.
The Eclipse Cross gives the brand a rival to cars such as the Nissan Qashqai and the Volkswagen Tiguan. The car measures 4405mm long to fit above the ASX and below the Outlander in Mitusbishi's SUV range.
The name is taken from Mitsubishi's discontinued Eclipse sports car to emphasize the dynamic nature of the new SUV, the company said. It described the design as an SUV coupe and promised "precise handling and superior vehicle stability" in a statement announcing the car.
The Eclipse Cross will be sold with either a 2.2-liter diesel or a new 1.5-liter gasoline turbo engine. The diesel is mated to an eight-speed automatic while the gasoline uses a continuously variable transmission (CVT) gearbox.
The car will be offered with all-wheel drive with a brake-activated torque vectoring system to increase stability in bends.
The car is built on an updated version of the larger Outlander platform, Mitsubishi said.
Technology inside the Eclipse Cross will include a head-up display and a dash screen incorporating Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to mirror cellphone functions. The screen is operated by a touchpad controller within the center console.
Mitsubishi said rear passengers have "ample" headroom despite the sloping roof towards the tailgate. The rear seats can slide and recline to increase passenger comfort.