If you were to name some of the coolest cars ever to hit the road, the Mitsubishi Eclipse would have to be on that list. Let’s take a look back at the journey of the iconic Eclipse model.
The Eclipse made its American debut for the 1990 model year. This sporty coupe may have only been powered by a four-cylinder engine, but people loved its nimble driving. Maximum output clocked in at 195 horsepower. Thanks to its affordable price tag, the Eclipse opened up the sport car world like never before, and the first-generation model ran through 1994.
In 1995, the second-generation Eclipse went up for sale. Compared to the first-generation design, it was longer, sleek, and sophisticated. It boasted a cockpit-like cabin with instrumentation that wrapped around the driver. Maximum output got bumped up to 210 horsepower. In addition, there was a new all-wheel drive model offered called the GSX. In 1996, Mitsubishi introduced the Eclipse Spyder, a convertible model. The second generation ended in 1999.
With the new millennium, the Eclipse entered its third generation. For the 2000 model year, the Eclipse dropped the Spyder model but offered a new refined V6 engine. Mitsubishi also completely redesigned the body, interior, and chassis. The Spyder was quickly reintroduced in 2001, and the third-generation models ran through 2005.
The final generation of the Eclipse ran from 2006 through 2011. The styling of this generation harkened back to the second-generation models. Buyers were able to choose between a four-cylinder or a V6 engine. The very last Eclipse model produced was a special edition model that went to auction and was sold for $35,000, with the money going to benefit victims of the 2011 earthquake in Japan.
Even though the Eclipse is no longer produced by Mitsubishi, the 2019 Eclipse Cross acts as a spiritual successor to the sporty Eclipse and continues its legacy as a top quality Mitsubishi car. If you’d like to see the Eclipse’s successor, visit us at Don Robinson Mitsubishi and take a closer look.