Purists may bemoan the fact that the Mitsubishi has decided to use the iconic Eclipse name on a crossover, but it’s happened and we should all probably get used to it. The Tokyo Motor Show gave us an opportunity to get a closer look at the Eclipse Cross – next to the new e-Evolution Concept, another crossover that repurposes a hallowed nameplate – and the “ASX coupé” does look to be quite an attractive proposition.

Although it’s been significantly toned down from the XR-PHEV concepts that previewed it, the Eclipse Cross carries over many of the styling cues. Front and centre is Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield grille, flanked by large head- and fog light clusters, while the wedge-shaped profile, steeply-rising beltline, fast rear windscreen rake and short rear overhang give the car a more dynamic look.

The deep character line along the side of the car runs into the tail lights, and emphasises the beefy fender flares. At the rear, the Eclipse Cross’ LED tail lights stretches across the rear windscreen, which is split Honda CR-Z-style. The third brake light is situated along the dividing bar, and when illuminated it connects the tail lights, forming a single beam of light.

Measuring 4,405 mm long, 1,805 mm wide and 1,685 mm tall, the new car is 110 mm longer, 35 mm wider and 60 mm taller than the ASX, although the 2,670 mm wheelbase remains the same.

Step inside and you’ll find an interior that’s actually rather reminiscent of the Lexus NX, with a cliff-like centre console framed by silver metal trim pieces. There’s even a Touchpad Controller that is a direct ripoff of the Lexus’ Remote Touch pad, manipulating the centre display. Speaking of which, the Smartphone Link Display Audio system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Ahead of the driver, there’s a head-up display that shows vehicle speed, data from the active safety systems and other necessary information, while at the back, the 60:40 split-folding rear bench slides and reclines.

Power comes from a new 1.5 litre direct-injected turbo petrol engine producing 163 PS at 5,500 rpm and 250 Nm from 1,800 to 4,500 rpm, mated to a CVT that features a Sport Mode with eight virtual ratios. There’s also a 2.2 litre turbodiesel (no outputs have been revealed for the oil burner just yet), paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Under the skin, the Eclipse Cross features an electronically-controlled all-wheel drive system, as well as Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) integrated dynamics control system with brake-activated Active Yaw Control (AYC). A three-point front strut tower brace and rear structural bonding increase body rigidity, which, combined with detail suspension optimisation, is said to offer precise handling and superior stability.