Introduced in 1989, Mitsubishi Eclipse was among the so-called sister cars made by Mitsubishi and Chrysler divisions by Diamond Star Motors. It was considered as the best among the three cars and it is the only one that still survives today. The Eclipse was a two-door sport compact car offered in left hand drive markets such as Taiwan, Canada and United States. It has undergone four distinct generations the first two generations of Eclipse share many auto components while the third generation was built on a new platform and is really incompatible with the first two Eclipse generations. The fourth generation was made for 2005 model year.
The first generation of Mitsubishi Eclipse was marketed under mid-level four-cylinder sports coupe division. There were four trim levels available — three AWD and one FWD models. The 1992 — 1994 Eclipse models received minor changes. The base FWD model was powered by a naturally aspirated 1.8L 8-valve SOHC 4G37 engine cranking out 92 horsepower. The GS was an upgraded FWD model and it received somewhat more equipments. The Eclipse GS DOHC was also an upgraded FWD model featuring a naturally aspirated 2.0 L 16-valve DOHC 4G63 non-turbo engine that produced 136 hp. The top FWD model was motorized by a turbocharged 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC 4G63T engine cranking out 180-195 horsepower.
The second generation Eclipse received a major update in vehicle styling and features various engines on its trim levels. A convertible model was added and it is called Spyder. This generation of Eclipse was available in seven trims — the base model, the RS, GS-T, GS, Spyder, GS Spyder, and GSX. The third generation underwent a major change. There were two powertrain options — the 2.4 L 16 valve SOHC 4-cylinder engine cranking out 150 horsepower and a 24v SOHC 3.0L V6 engine producing 205 horsepower. For a more compliant and softer ride quality, the setup of the suspension system was changed. Hence, the scrappy character of the previous-generation Eclipse now disappeared.
The fourth generation of Mitsubishi Eclipse was unveiled at the 2005 Detroit Auto Show. Or this model year, the Eclipse was equipped with 3.8 L MIVEC V6 engine generating 263 horsepower and 2.4 L I4 cranking out 165 horsepower. This generation of Mitsubishi Eclipse was offered in FWD models only.
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