Mitsubishi may resurrect the Eclipse and Galant models

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 4, 2011

The Eclipse may return, according to Greg Adams, Mitsubishi Motors North America VP of marketing. When compared to the best-performing Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, the Eclipse is actually more recognizable. But Adams said that the Eclipse is less likely to come back anytime soon. He also said that sporty cars in this category have risen to a peak.

Sales for this year have gone up by 105.4%, to 6,721 units. However, this is merely a fraction of the car’s all time sales high of more than 72,000 units in 2002. Ever since the model has been in existence, nearly one million units have been sold.

Earlier this year, Mitsubishi revealed plans to shut down its Normal, Illinois plant, as well its intention to axe the Eclipse together with the Endeavor SUV and Galant mid-size sedan, according to AutoGuide.

He said that while it’s logical to offer a mid-size sedan in North America, the demand is limited. Adams declined to talk about the possibility of a product sharing deal with Nissan.

Mitsubishi and Nissan inked a deal last year to collaborate on the development of mini-cars. Mitsubishi has recently revealed that Japan Mitsubishi will offer a rebadged version of the Infiniti M.

After removing the larger vehicles from its lineup, the company is proceeding with its Lancer and Outlander models. In the past year, the Outlander Sport crossover has been added, with a target of 100,000 units. For this year, its North American sales have hit more than 60,000 units, higher by 65% increase.

Mitsubishi’s Eclipse Spyder comes with excellent performance and mixed with a thrilling design then wrapped inside an advanced convertible top, all of these at great value. No wonder this model is known as an "attainable exotic". Under the hood, customers are offered two options. For the GS version, it will be fitted with the 4-cylinder 2.4-liter engine with output at 162 hp. It will be paired with the manual 5-speed transmission as standard or the automatic 4-speed one, which is offered as an option.

The GT variant meanwhile will have the 3.8-liter V6 engine with power at 265 hp and peak torque of 262 lb.-ft. This one will be matched with the manual 6-speed transmission, fitted as standard, or the automatic 5-speed, an option offered. No matter what engine type is selected, they will both have the Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing Electronic Control.

This feature allows power and efficiency to be optimized on a wide range of engine speeds. The automatic transmissions, which are made available as options, have the Sportronic shifters which enable manual gearshift control.

Design-wise, Mitsubishi made sure to make some changes to the bumper fascias in the front and rear of the 2009 Spyder. The GT version in particular comes with three important upgrades. The first is that it now comes with the Active Stability Control as standard, a feature that improves driving safety.

The second is that there is a new dual exhaust system which increases power from 260 hp to 265 hp while also emitting that powerful sound. Finally, it comes fitted with high intensity discharge headlamps which refine how the front has been styled while helping with visibility at night.

By using new cloth fabrics for the interior, all models get a more luxurious look and feel. For the GS model, Mitsubishi is offering a Deluxe Leather package where one feature is the aluminum pedals. Since the Eclipse Spyder utilizes an independent 4-wheel suspension as well as a rigid platform, it more than guarantees a compliant ride and athletic road qualities. All of the models will have the four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes system plus the electronic brake-force distribution.

One difference is that the GT has larger ventilated discs in the rear. The GT will also have the alloy 18-inch wheels. As a convertible, the cloth top of the Eclipse Spyder can, in merely 19 seconds, automatically fold and then kept out of sight under a tonneau cover.

Rounding off the design is the multi-layer top construction which delivers a full headliner and therefore gives a comfortable feel once it is raised. In addition, the glass fitted in the rear window comes with a defroster.

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