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2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is refreshed inside and out

Mitsubishi has restyled the Eclipse Cross for the 2022 model year.

Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors

The restyled 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has debuted, with most of its changes coming to the exterior of the compact SUV. The first-generation Eclipse Cross debuted as a 2018 model and has received minor upgrades since then.

"From the day we started to rethink the new Eclipse Cross, we wanted to address an attitude of boosted road performance and eco-friendliness, all with a stand-out style that will take this SUV to the next level," said Minoru Uehara, chief product specialist of MMC, who is responsible for leading and facilitating the creation of the new Eclipse Cross. "Besides the contemporary exterior and comfortable and smart interior, Mitsubishi Motors' legendary Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) system ensures that drivers are always in control for their next adventure."

2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has gotten a new touch screen for 2022.Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors

The automaker is calling the Eclipse Cross "design-forward". It's most changed at the front where the has gotten rid of its underbite for a more sophisticated face. There's also a new bumper guard and refreshed light layout.

At the rear, a redesigned hatch and rear window means that the much-derided spilt-style rear of the first years' of the model's life is gone. Its hexagon design is designed to be reminiscent of the company's iconic rear-mounted spare tire shape.

The cabin of the Eclipse Cross features silver accents and light gray leather seats. Door trims now coordinate with a car seat color.

At the center of the dashboard is a new 8.0-inch infotainment screen that has been moved closer to the car's front-row occupants for easier use. There are now volume and tuning knobs. Mitsubishi has removed the SUV's touch pad.

Mitsubishi has carried over the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which is paired with a continuously variable transmission, for the new model year. There are currently no plans to add a plug-in hybrid variant of the Eclipse Cross in the U.S. market though it will be available in select markets across the globe.

All-wheel drive continues to be available.

Mitsubishi plans to launch the 2022 Eclipse Cross in Australia and New Zealand next month. It will come to the U.S. in the first quarter of 2021.

The company recently announced that it's planning to bring five new vehicles to market in the next 18 months.

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The 2022 Lexus ES will debut next week.

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The meat and potatoes of the Lexus sedan lineup, the ES, is due for a refresh, and it will get one. The 2022 Lexus ES will be shown publicly for the first time this Sunday as part of the festivities of the Shanghai auto show.

While the photo doesn't tell a lot, there's some things you can bet on in the 2022 ES. For starters, look for all the improvements that the auto has gotten over the last two years to carry over into the new model. That includes the addition of all-wheel drive to the lineup and standard blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert.

The ES Black Line may not make its way to the 2022 version of the midsize sedan. Generally, blacked out editions are available only at the tail end of a model run ahead of a refresh or generational redesign. However, the blacked out elements could become available as part of a package.

The headlight photo that Lexus has offered as a teaser shows a housing that is not dissimilar to the one that the Lexus IS wears. However, the daytime running light is on the bottom here, instead off the top. Like the IS, there are strong hood lines.

At the back, the preview video shows a vehicle that is very similar to the current model. It's taillights, a strong chrome line that runs the width of the year, and rear lip spoiler all look mostly same as before.

As for what to expect underneath the body of the car, there's not a lot of indication from the teasers, which leads one to believe that's where the biggest changes are coming. There's a good chance that we'll finally say goodbye to the Lexus touch pad in favor of a touch screen display that's within a comfortable distance.

It's also likely that Lexus will fine tune the dynamics of the ES in a similar fashion to how the Lexus IS got more performance-focused driving dynamics in its latest redo.

Stay tuned for more specifics are the curtain is pulled back on April 19 in China (April 18 in the U.S.).

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The new Maps+ app will allow drivers to use a navigation system who had not previously purchased navigation.

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General Motors is giving its vehicles a new navigation solution. Maps+, an in-vehicle, app-based way-finding program, will begin rolling out to approximately 900,000 model year 2018 and newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles by the end of 2021, starting on April 30.

"We know customers want an easy and convenient in-vehicle experience that improves over time," said Santiago Chamorro, GM vice president of Global Connected Services. "We listened to customer feedback and developed a product that works seamlessly with our current infotainment systems and provides a highly personalized experience that will iterate throughout the lifetime of the vehicle."

Maps+ was developed in partnership with Mapbox. The new app replaces navigation functionality in already-purchased vehicles that had purchased a navigation system. It provides navigation functionality to drivers of vehicles that did not opt for navigation at the onset.

The new application features Alexa build-in voice control that allows users to listen to music or podcasts using the system's integrated audio apps. A search box allows users to find points of interest, shops, restaurants, parking, and more. There is also embedded speed alert, low fuel recognition, predictive keyboard entry, day and night modes, category shortcuts, rear-time traffic routing, and dynamic mapping capability.

"Our obsession is the driver," said Peter Sirota, CEO of Mapbox. "The map is the canvas for providing the driver with a delightful, easy-to-use experience. From discovering new places to avoiding traffic on your commute to paying at the pump or the plug, Maps+ lays the foundation for an excellent navigation experience. We are excited to build upon this with GM to continue to drive adoption."

GM and Mapbox are committed to continuing Maps+ post-launch, developing new features and improvements based on feedback and metrics.

Maps+ will be available on select vehicles through Connected Vehicle, Premium and App Access subscription plans. Current eligible Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac owners will be notified when their vehicle is eligible for Maps+.

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